Mankato Educator Among Minnesota Teacher of the Year Candidates

(Mankato, MN) – A Mankato educator is among the candidates for 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

Sandra Hatlestad has been teaching in Mankato Area Public Schools for nearly 30 years. She’s currently teaching 3rd grade at Bridges Community School and prior to starting there last fall, she was at Monroe Elementary.

Other teachers from Southern Minnesota who are among the candidates are:

Jacque Sorensen, Albert Lea Area Schools
Arik Anderson, Austin Public Schools
Erin Meyers, Fairmont Area Schools
Jackie Demarais, Faribault Public Schools
Janet Smith, Faribault Public Schools
Kaylee Wiens  Faribault Public Schools
Sandra Hatlestad, Mankato Area Public Schools
Malia Norton, Medford Public Schools
Amanda Gislason, Owatonna Public Schools

In all, there are 167 candidates from across the state for the Teacher of the Year award. Over the coming weeks, a 25-member panel of community leaders will narrow the list to a group of semifinalists and finalists, with the winner to be selected in May.

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