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Winona Teacher among top finalists for State Teacher Award

WINONA, Minn. (WXOW) – A Winona Special Education teacher is among the top ten finalist for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year award.

Lora Hill teaches 9 through 12 grade at Winona Senior High School. She was selected at one of the finalist out of 128 candidates.

On Sunday, the Minnesota Teacher of the Year winner will be announced at a ceremony in St. Paul.

The program has recognized excellence in teaching in the state for 50 years. The program selects one teacher to represent the state’s thousands of excellent educators.

In 2013 Megan Olivis Hall was selected as the Minnesota Teacher of the Year from a group of 135 educators.

Here are this year’s finalists:

Emily Anderson, Anoka-Hennepin, social studies, grade 12, Blaine High School

Gretchen Baglyos Reed, West Metro Education Program, choir, grades 6-12, FAIR School Downtown

Terrace (Terri) Evans, Anoka-Hennepin, library media specialist, grades 9-12, Champlin Park High School

Lora Hill, Winona, special education, grades 9-12, Winona Senior High School

Kim Jirik, Lakeville, speech language pathologist, pre-kindergarten, Crystal Lake Education Center

Billy Koenig, Shakopee, biology and ecology, grades 10 and 12, Shakopee Senior High School

Charlotte Landreau, St. Paul, history, philosophy and dance, grades 11-12, Highland Park Senior High School

Virginia Mancini, Mahtomedi, language arts, grades 9-12, Mahtomedi High School

Thomas Rademacher, West Metro Education Program, English, grades 9-12, FAIR School Downtown

Kathryn Kim Westra, Inver Grove Heights, elementary, grades 4-5, Salem Hills Elementary School

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