Lake Harriet teacher nominated for honor

FULTON — A Lake Harriet Upper School science instructor was one of two Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) teachers up for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, the district reported.

Diane Weiher was one of 28 semi-finalists for the award. Emerson Spanish Immersion School kindergarten teacher Megan Unger was the other MPS teacher up for the award.

Semi-finalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year were selected by a panel of 25 community leaders from a list of 114 nominated teachers, the district reported. Ten finalists will be named later this month, and the winner will be announced at a banquet May 4.

Education Minnesota, the state educators union, sponsors the award, now in its 43rd year. Nominations are open to all K-12 teachers from any of Minnesota’s public or private schools.

Another Lake Harriet teacher, Gino Marchetti, was 2003 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.