Medford language arts teacher Kim Goblirsh is among the nine finalists for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award. She says she got the call over the weekend, "I was astounded to hear that I made it to the finalist round." The initial pool of candidates numbered 75. From that a panel of educators from around the state narrowed the list to 24 semifinalists.

I truly am humbled by this experience.  I know that teaching this year has been challenging for many educators and there are so many teachers who deserve recognition for their commitment to students and learning.

-Medford teacher Kim Goblirsch

A post on the Medford School Facebook page congratulates Goblirsh and wishes her well, "What a huge honor. We are going to wish her all the luck in being selected Minnesota Teacher of the Year."

Goblirsch teaches 9th through 12th graders, "I went into this profession because I wanted to be part of something greater than myself and I want to continue to provide my services to students and education in the future."

The news release from Education Minnesota indicates a change in date for the final announcement, "Because of safety precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the previously scheduled May 2 Minnesota Teacher of the Year banquet will take place later this year."

The selection panel will likely meet in June to conduct interviews with the finalists.

Finalists with their school district and subject follow.

  • Kim Goblirsh, Medford, language arts
  • Natalia Benjamin, Rochester, ethnic studies
  • Todd Hunter, Anoka-Hennepin, science
  • Layne Bell, Hopkins, language arts
  • Lauren Wheeler, Minneapolis, fitness for life/health
  • Jessica Stewart, Osseo, social studies
  • Eugenia Popa, St. Paul, ESL
  • Sandra Stephens, South Washington County, elementary education
  • France Roberts, Wayzata, elementary education
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