Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program

Award to a Minnesota PreK-12 Teacher for
Outstanding Contributions to Education

GrantWatch ID#: 150050
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Education Minnesota


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Award to a Minnesota PreK-12 teacher to recognize outstanding contributions to the quality of education. The winning teacher will serve as a representative of the teaching profession, an advocate for education, and a spokesperson for teachers throughout the state. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year makes presentations, meets with policymakers, and attends frequent meetings.

The Minnesota Teacher of the Year program, now in its 54th year, is the oldest and most prestigious recognition program in Minnesota to honor excellence in education. The program chooses one teacher to represent Minnesota's thousands of excellent educators.


Eligible nominees must meet these criteria:
-Teach in a public or nonpublic PreK through 12th-grade school or ECFE or Adult Basic Education program, working at least 50 percent of the time directly with students.
-Hold a bachelor’s degree and a Minnesota teaching license.
-Have completed three years of teaching by the nomination deadline.
-Intend to teach during the 2017-18 school year.

Peers, school personnel, parents and students may nominate teachers. Many nominees come from school district-level Teacher of the Year programs throughout the state.

Nominations are open through November 15.

The Minnesota Teacher of the Year is selected from a group of 10-12 finalists.

Teacher of the Year Facts:

How to Become a Candidate (video):

Deadlines and upcoming events may be found here:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Nomination Form:

For more information, call Megan McKeen at 651-292-4872 or 800-652-9073.

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