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Cloquet science teacher makes next round of MN Teacher of the Year

The field of possible candidates for this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor has been narrowed to 30. A selection panel of 24 community leaders chose the semifinalists from an initial field of 123 candidates from across the state.

Cloquet teacher Cynthia Welsh, who teaches life science at the middle school level and independent research projects for science fair students in grades 7-12, is the only Carlton County teacher still in the running.

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, Tom Rademacher, will announce his successor at a banquet May 3 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

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.