ST. PAUL — Minnesotans have the chance to to nominate an educator who they feel motivates and inspires students for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

The nomination period is open from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15. Nominations can be submitted at

The 2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be named at a ceremony on May 2 at St. Paul RiverCentre. The winner will also be up for National Teacher of the Year.

The criteria for eligible nominees is as follows:

  • Teach in a public or nonpublic pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school, or in an Adult Basic Education or ECFE program, working directly with students at least 50% of the time.

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree and a Minnesota teaching license.
  • Have completed five years of teaching by the nomination deadline.
  • Intend to teach during the 2021-22 school year.
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Anyone may nominate a teacher. Self-nominations are also accepted.

For more information or to receive a nomination form, contact Ashley Behrens at