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From the official announcement from Education Minnesota:
Congratulations to the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Kelly D. Holstine
Holstine teaches English at the Tokata Learning Center — an alternative high school in Shakopee Public Schools. She is the district’s’ first Teacher of the Year winner.
“It is true that our population can consist of students with varying abilities and temperaments, but these same students are also some of the most creative and brilliant humans with whom I have ever worked,” Holstine said. “And, without fail, the students who arrive angry, sad, hurt and/or scared reveal their vulnerability, brilliance and beautiful selves when they feel safe and valued.”
Thank you to the near-record 167 candidates nominated for this year’s award — especially our 12 amazing finalists.