The field of possible candidates for this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor has been narrowed to 37.
A selection panel of 23 community leaders chose the semifinalists from an initial field of 132 candidates from across the state.
Stacy Kelzer, a fifth-grade math and science teacher at Cambridge Intermediate School, has been named as a semifinalist.
The panel will review the semifinalists’ portfolios again in late March and will select about 10 finalists from among the group.
The current Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Abdul Wright, will announce his successor at a banquet May 7 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington.
Education Minnesota, the statewide educators union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade 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, McDonald’s Restaurants of Minnesota, Radisson Blu Mall of America, SMART Technologies and United Educators Credit Union.