First of all, we have to congratulate all of the teachers across Minnesota who were nominated for this award. But we have to toot our own horns a bit, so I'm super excited that there are not one, not two, not three, but six teachers in southeast Minnesota who are candidates for the 2023 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award!

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Being a teacher is a tough job. If you're a teacher reading this, I'm sure there are plenty of times that you've wondered why you chose teaching as your career. But when you're recognized by a student, a parent, etc. as being great at what you do, that you made a difference in someone's life, I have to imagine that that's what makes it all worth it. So all teachers nominated for this award should be incredibly proud of themselves.

Southeast Minnesota Teachers Up for 2023 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

There are a whole lot of teachers that are candidates for the award this year. If I counted correctly it's a total of 131 teachers who are up for the award. Let's shout out the six from the southeast Minnesota area!

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First is Jessica Bernand from Austin Public Schools. She's a special education teacher.

Also from Austin Public Schools is Heather Ruzek. She's an early childhood special education teacher. If her name sounds familiar, that's because she won 'Minnesota Teacher of the Year' last year!

Rachel Thoma from Dover-Eyota Public Schools is also a candidate. She's a middle and high school Spanish teacher.

Next is Krista Bumgardner, a Social Studies teacher from Houston Public Schools.

Then we have Anthony Boldt from the Kasson-Mantorville School District. He's a band director at KM High School.

And last but not least is Jeff Wibben, a science teacher from Kenyon-Wanamingo Schools.

Again, congrats to everyone who was nominated and everyone who is a candidate for this award!

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