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Two District 833 teachers named semifinalists for Minnesota Teacher of the year

Two South Washington County Schools teachers are among the 40 semifinalists for the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award. Tark Katzenmeyer, band director at Woodbury High School, and Kaarin Schumacher, a biology teacher at Woodbury High School were selected to advance for the honor. They will each submit a short video, which will be used to determine who will be the 10 finalists for the award. 
 
In January, 168 teachers were announced as candidates for the 55th Annual Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award. Among the candidates were eight from District 833: Scott Alton, first and second-grade teacher at Pine Hill Elementary School; Linnea Balderrama, English language learning teacher at Grey Cloud Elementary School; Karen Buckeye, special education teacher at Park High School; Linnea Gamache, reading specialist at Cottage Grove Elementary School; Tark Katzenmeyer, band director at Woodbury High School; Andrea Kleoppel, social studies teacher at Oltman Middle School; Anna Ohlsen, early childhood special education teacher at South Washington County Schools; and, Kaarin Schumacher, biology teacher at Woodbury High School. 
 
The 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced Sunday, May 5, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. The program is organized and underwritten by Education Minnesota, with support from Education Minnesota ESI, Educators Lifetime Solutions, EFS Advisors, Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, McDonald’s Restaurants of Minnesota, SMART Technologies and United Educators Credit Union.