Two teachers from Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 were among the list of teachers nominated for 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
Qorsho Hassan, 5th grade teacher at Gideon Pond Elementary School, and Roberta (Bobbie) Kunkel, 1st grade teacher at Sioux Trail Elementary School, are two of the 134 candidates for the award statewide, who were announced on Jan. 24.
In February, Qorsho was named a semifinalist. She is one of only 36 candidates left in the running for the recognition.
“I feel very blessed to work with the best staff and students at Gideon Pond,” said Qorsho. “They have truly empowered me to be the educator I am. This nomination validates the work I do every day as an educator of color and it informs the equity work I do outside of my classroom.”
“It’s such a privilege to recognize names on this list. We’re doing what we love, teaching our future,” said Kunkel. “Personally, so many educators have impacted me, believed in me, supported me, questioned me and loved me. Words can’t express my gratitude and appreciation.”
This year’s program will name the 56th Minnesota Teacher of the Year, celebrating the tradition of excellence in teaching in Minnesota. Eligible candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade, Early Childhood Family Education and Adult Basic Education teachers, from public or private schools.
The 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced Sunday, May 3, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Over the coming weeks, a 25-member panel of community leaders will name a group of semifinalists and finalists.
Organized and underwritten by Education Minnesota, the Minnesota Teacher of the Year program receives support from Education Minnesota ESI, Educators Lifetime Solutions, EFS Advisors, Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, SMART Technologies and United Educators Credit Union.
In November 2019, Qorsho was recognized nationwide as equity leader by Kinect Education Group.