Ross Eichele, Blaine High School English/language arts and public speaking teacher and debate coach, is one 10 teachers from across the state to have been named finalists in the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year program. A selection panel of 25 leaders in the areas of education, business, government and non-profits chose the finalists from a group of 39 semifinalists.
There were 135 Teacher of the Year candidates for this program year.
The panel meets again May 4 to conduct individual interviews with the 10 finalists and to cast votes for the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
The 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Jackie Roehl will announce this year’s honoree at a banquet in Brooklyn Park May 5.
Education Minnesota, the 70,000-member statewide educators’ union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers from public or private schools.
The Minnesota Teacher of the Year program also receives support from the following organizations – The SMARTer Kids Foundation, Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, United Educators Credit Union, the Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, Education Minnesota ESI, McDonald’s Restaurants of Minnesota, Pearson Education and TruStone Financial.