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Capitol Hill Teacher is Semifinalist for MN Teacher of the Year

Capitol Hill Teacher is Semifinalist for MN Teacher of the Year

The field of possible candidates for this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor has been narrowed to 27 and Jamie Williams, the 7th grade American Studies teacher at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School is one of the semifinalists.

Jamie, a teacher in her 5th year, is also the teacher-leader for Dare 2 Be Real, a student-led anti-racism group at the school.

An independent selection panel of 18 community leaders chose the semifinalists from an initial field of 159 candidates from across the state. The panel will review the semifinalists’ portfolios again and review semifinalist video submissions in mid-March. The panel will select about 10 finalists from among the group.  

The current Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Michael Houston (also from SPPS), will announce his successor at the Minnesota Teacher of the Year banquet, scheduled for May 5 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. 

Education Minnesota, the statewide educators union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade, Early Childhood Family Education and Adult Basic Education teachers, from public or private schools.  

The Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program also receives support from the following organizations: Education Minnesota ESI, Educators Lifetime Solutions, EFS Advisors, Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, SMART Technologies and Expedition Credit Union. 

View the full list of semifinalists here.