Everyone can remember that special teacher who showed confidence in you and your ability to achieve your goals. It's time to recognize that person in your children's school. From now until Monday, Nov. 15, applications are being accepted for the 2005 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
Nominees can teach kindergarten-12th grade in public, private, parochial or charter schools. They must have a Minnesota teaching license, at least three years' experience and plan to teach during the 2005-06 school year.
Gino Marchetti, a teacher at Lake Harriet Community School's upper campus,4912 Vincent Ave. S., won the award in 2003. He was the first Minneapolis elementary teacher in the program's 39-year history to earn the award.
Minnesota ranks second nationally behind California for having the most National Teachers of the Year. Four Minnesota teachers have won the award.
Applications can be submitted online at www.educationminnesota.org.
The winner will be announced May 1. For more information, call Chris Carlin at 651-292-4875.