Three Osseo Area Schools teachers have been named candidates for 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. They are Kris Campea, 7th and 8th grade English teacher at Osseo Junior High; Jennifer Hairrell, English Language Learner teacher at Oak View Elementary; and Jeanette Lepore, preschool teacher at Arbor View Early Childhood Center.

A selection panel of 25 community leaders will name a group of semifinalists from an initial field of 123 candidates from across the state. The panel will meet again in late March to select about 10 finalists from among the group of semifinalists. The 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced Sunday, May 3, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington.

Education Minnesota, the 70,000-member statewide educators union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers from public or private schools. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program also receives support from the following organizations: The SMARTer Kids Foundation, the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington – Minneapolis South, the Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, United Educators Credit Union, McDonald’s Restaurants of Minnesota, Teacher Federal Credit Union, Pearson Education and Education Minnesota ESI.

-Published Feb. 6, 2015