Minnesota Teacher of the Year selection panel

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The Minnesota Teacher of the Year selection panel is an independent committee representing Minnesota leaders in education, business, nonprofits and government. The panel chooses the Minnesota Teacher of the Year from individuals who are nominated and who then choose to become a candidate.

Here is the 2022 Minnesota Teacher of the Year selection panel:

Natalia Benjamin
2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Grace Billman
Aspiring Educator, St. Scholastica

Robbie Burnett
Director for Recruitment and Retention, Minnesota State Mankato at Edina

Heather Campbell 
Chair, Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program; associate professor, St. Olaf College

Mary Pat Cumming
Principal, The FAIR School; Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals

Beth Daniels
Former STEM Content and Education Manager, TPT–Twin Cities PBS

Duane Dutrieuille
Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association – Principal, Hazel Park Preparatory Academy

Lonnie Hartley
Senior marketing and communications specialist, Medtronic

Qorsho Hassan
2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Gaby Lifsheetz
Aspiring Educator, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Tim Lutz
Superintendent, Bemidji Area Schools; Minnesota Association of School Administrators

Monica Marciniak
Deaf Language and Culture Program Director/Instructor/Consultant

Holli Mayer
Hormel Foods Corporation, Associate Corporate Counsel

J.B. Mayo
Associate chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, associate professor, University of Minnesota

Amy Nelson
President, Minnesota Parent-Teacher Association

Kundan Nepal
Chair of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at the University of St. Thomas

Jennifer Niemi
Co-chair, Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program; Director, Native Studies Center, The College of St. Scholastica

Cheryl Polzin
Minnesota School Boards Association, Wayzata Public Schools

Matt Schultz
Minnesota Rural Education Association board President, Lanesboro Schools Superintendent

Joe Spencer
President, St. Paul Downtown Alliance

Mona Springis-Doss
Board member, Expedition Credit Union  

Amanda Twite
Curriculum Implementation Specialist, Minnesota Office of Higher Education