Two Woodbury High School teachers have been named finalists in Education Minnesota's Teacher of the Year competition.

WHS English teacher Phil Bratnober and Social Studies teacher Regina Seabrook are two of 10 finalists.

Bratnober has taught at WHS for seven years. Seabrook has taught at WHS for five years, but has been with District 833 for 11 years.

Education Minnesota, a statewide teachers' union organizes the annual contest.

Teachers are nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year by fellow teachers, students or community members.

Then a panel of 24 leaders in the areas of business, government and non-profits met in March to select the finalists from a group of 32 semifinalists. There were 107 total Teacher of the Year candidates this year.

The selection panel meets again May 1 to conduct individual interviews with the 10 finalists and to cast votes for the 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

he 2009 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Amber Damm of the Minneapolis School District, will announce this year's honoree at a banquet at The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park on Sunday, May 2.

For more information about the Education Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition, and Regina Seabrook and Phil Bratnober's experiences in education, see the Feb. 24 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin.