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Sedivy is a semi-finalist for MN Teacher of the Year

Perham High School English teacher Sandra Sedivy has been selected as a semi-finalist in this year's Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition, it was announced Monday.

The field of possible candidates has been narrowed to 34. A selection panel of

22 community leaders from across the state met in St. Paul to choose the semifinalists from an initial field of 111 candidates.

"It's very much an honor to be chosen as one of the 34," said Sedivy. "There was diversity among the people who were chosen - they're really looking at a wide range of teachers and what they're teaching. I was pleased to see that."

The panel will meet again in late March to select about 10 finalists from among the group of semifinalists.

The current Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Katy Smith of Winona, will announce her successor at a banquet at The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park on May 6.

Education Minnesota, the 70,000-member statewide educators' union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program. Candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers from public or private schools.

The Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program also receives support from the following organizations: The SMARTer Kids Foundation, The Northland Inn, the Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, United Educators Credit Union, McDonald's Restaurants of Minnesota, Teacher Federal Credit Union, Pearson Education and Education Minnesota ESI.