Andrew Nelson, a band teacher in Milaca, is among 33 semifinalists for this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor.
Andrew Schwen, a 1998 Pequot Lakes High School graduate, is a semifinalist as well. Schwen teaches mathematics in Anoka-Hennepin. He is the son of Kent and Jodi Schwen of rural Brainerd.
A selection panel of 25 community leaders chose the semifinalists from an initial field of 128 candidates from across the state.
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, Megan Olivia Hall, will announce her successor at a banquet May 4 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington – Minneapolis South in Bloomington, Minn.