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Minnesota Teacher of Year kneels in protest before President Trump at NCAA Championship game

Kelly Holstine was the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
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A former Minnesota Teacher of the Year who made headlines in 2018 when she snubbed a visit to the White House continued her protest against the Trump Administration at the NCAA college football national championship game on Monday.

Kelly Holstine, formerly an English teacher at the Tokata Learning Center in Shakopee, took a knee during the national anthem before the game between LSU and Clemson, during which time the president was on the field.

"I chose to kneel as a way to stand up for marginalized and oppressed people," Holstine told BMTN, with images from the event showing she appeared to be the only one kneeling.

Holstine first attracted media attention in 2018 when she became the first LGBTQ winner of the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award.

She rejected an invite to the White House at the time in protest of Trump Administration policies that she says has harmed her immigrant, refugee and LGBTQ students.

In a tweet after her kneeling protest, Holstine quoted Martin Luther King Jr.: "No one is free until we are all free."

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Holstine has since left Tokata Learning Center and is now the director of educational equity at LGBTQ group OutFront Minnesota.

She told The Hill that she knew Trump would be on the field during the anthem, and decided to kneel having spoken with other educators and her wife beforehand.

She also said that others were supportive after she took her knee.

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