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Nominations open for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

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Residents of the state now have the opportunity to nominate the next Minnesota Teacher of the Year, the Edina Patch reports.

Nominations can be submitted at the Education Minnesota website. Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 15.

According to Education Minnesota, the teacher must teach in a public or nonpublic Pre-K through 12th grade school and work at least 50 percent of the time with students.

They also must hold a bachelor's degree with a Minnesota teaching license; must have taught three years by the Nov. 15 nomination deadline; and intend to teach again during the 2014-015 school year.

The winner will be honored at a ceremony May 4. The winner will move on to compete for National Teacher of the Year.

Last year the Minnesota Teacher of the Year was Megan Olivia Hall, a science teacher at Open World Learning Community School in St. Paul.

Hall won $6,000 after being nominated by one her eighth grade students.

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