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Tisland named Teacher of the Year semifinalist

Sheena Tisland, center, is a semifinalist for Minnesota's Teacher of the Year award. Tisland danced with other RWHS teachers at this fall's homecoming pep fest. Samantha Bengs / RiverTown Multimedia

Sheena Tisland, a ninth-grade language arts teacher at Red Wing High School, has been named one of 43 semifinalists for this year's Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor.

A selection panel of 23 community leaders chose the semifinalists from an initial field of 167 candidates from across the state. The panel will review the semifinalists' portfolios again in late March and will select about 10 finalists from among the group.

The current Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Corey Bulman, will announce his successor at a banquet May 6 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. Bulman is a literature and English teacher at Mound Westonka High School in Mound.

Education Minnesota, the statewide educators union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program.

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