The ten teachers have been named finalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
Two of them are teachers from southeastern Minnesota: Katy Smith, an educator at Goodview School in Winona Public School's Early Childhood Family Education program; and Mark Nechanicky, a fourth-grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary School in Albert Lea.
The winner will be named on May 1 at a banquet at The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park.
The other finalists include: Joyce Bauman, a kindergarten teacher at Cold Spring Elementary School, ROCORI; Scot Hovan, a physics teacher at Mahtomedi High School, Mahtomedi; Mary Pereine, a history teacher at Chaska Middle School East, Eastern Carver County; Peter Redmond, a language arts teacher at st. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park; Christi Schmitt, an elementary school teacher at L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School, St. Paul; Laura Sharp, a music teacher at Little Canada Elementary School, Roseville; Megan Speers, a history teacher at Wayzata West Middle School, Wayzata; and J. Scott Urban, a government and history teacher at Mankato West High School, Mankato.
The contest started with 108 teacher candidates from across the state. A panel of 23 representatives in business, government and non-profits have narrowed the list to 10 finalists.