South-West area teachers are candidates for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

John Dorfner

Lori Haak

Stephanie Maybee

The list of 167 teachers up for the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award was announced Jan. 18, and some local educators are candidates.

John Dorfner, Lori Haak and Stephanie Maybee all work in the Inver Grove Heights Community Schools District and are hopefuls for the award.

Haak is a science teacher at Simley High School where she teaches advanced placement and honors biology. She has a B.A. in environmental studies and biology from Concordia College, and a master’s degree in teaching from Hamline University.

Maybee is a music teacher at Salem Hills Elementary. She has a bachelor’s of music education from Wartburg College.

Dorfner is in his third year teaching at Inver Grove Heights Middle School. He teaches eighth-grade global studies and eighth-grade honors global studies. 

In the coming weeks, the list of 167 will be narrowed down to semi-finalists before the finalists are announced.

Candidates include pre-k through 12th-grade and Adult Basic Education teachers from public and private schools.

The 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced on May 6. Education Minnesota, the state’s teacher’s union, presents the award.


—Hannah Burlingame

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