kori brown and jan radderThe field of candidates for the 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award has been narrowed to 36, and two Osseo Area Schools educators are among the semifinalists.

Kori Brown and Jan Radder, who teach art and second grade, respectively, at Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts, were selected by a panel of community leaders to continue to the next phase of the competition. Throughout the next month, the panel will review semifinalists’ video submissions and take a second look at their portfolios. Approximately 10 finalists will be named this spring, with the 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year announced at a ceremony at the Saint Paul RiverCentre on May 3.

The Minnesota Teacher of the Year program is organized and underwritten by Education Minnesota and receives support from several other organizations and businesses.

Candidates for 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year include prekindergarten through 12th grade, early childhood, and adult basic education teachers at public and private schools statewide.

PHOTO: Kori Brown (left) and Jan Radder (right) have advanced as semifinalists in the 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition.

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Heather Breidenbach, Jordan Chacko, Shreya Golakoti, Zachary Majorowicz and Bart BeckerFour students from Maple Grove Senior High have been named 2020 National Merit® Scholarship finalists.

Heather Breidenbach, Jordan Chacko, Shreya Golakoti and Zachary Majorowicz join approximately 15,000 high school students nationwide as finalists this year. After earning this distinction, all four District 279 students will continue in the competition for 7,600 available scholarships worth more than $31 million. Winners will be announced between March and mid-June.

Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program.

PHOTO: National Merit Scholarship finalists include Maple Grove Senior High students (left to right) Heather Breidenbach, Jordan Chacko, Shreya Golakoti and Zachary Majorowicz. They are pictured with MGSH Principal Bart Becker.