C-I teacher, son semifinalists

Bruce Danielson

Cambridge-Isanti High School teacher Bruce Danielson, and his son, Matthew Danielson (White Bear Lake High School teacher) are both semifinalists for 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

The field of possible candidates for this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor has recently been narrowed to 34.

A selection panel of 22 community leaders meeting in St. Paul had the difficult task of choosing the semifinalists from an initial field of 111 candidates from across the state.

Bruce Danielson has been a math and speech teacher at CIHS for 27 years, also co-directing the fall musical.

Matthew Danielson, a 1998 CIHS graduate, also teaches math and has been a White Bear Lake teacher at the South Campus for 10 years, as well as being the head of the math department there and a boy’s swim coach at South St. Paul.

Matthew Danielson

Another semi-finalist is former Cambridge resident, Neil Eerdmans, who graduated in 1986 and currently teaches in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

The panel will meet again in late March to select about 10 finalists from among the group of semifinalists. The current Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Katy Smith of Winona, will announce her successor at a banquet at The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park on May 6.

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.