Biology Teacher Kristine Browers was speechless Wednesday night as her name was announced as the Teacher of the Year from Robbinsdale Areas Schools.
With wide eyes and a shocked looked, she accepted a glass plaque and a $500 check for the honor.
“I was not expecting this,” Browers said. “I just can’t believe this.”
Browers was one of six finalists that made it through the gauntlet of interviews from the Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers. It’s the first time the district has participated in the competition, which automatically enters Browers into the Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition for next year.
Browers, who started teaching at in 2005, was introduced to the crowd by one of her students, Linda Kerandi.
“Mrs. Browers has always gone above and beyond for her students,” Kerandi said. “Even when the material in her class got tough, she never let me give up on myself. She is truly an amazing teacher.”
The teacher from Brooklyn Park says students like Kerandi are the reason she teaches. "The students I have inspire me,” Browers said. “It’s an honor to be in the company of great students and great teachers. All of these teachers work hard to raise the quality of education provided everyday in the classroom.”
The other finalists included:
- Christine Dohrmann,
- David Esposito, A
- Kris Haagenson,
- Denise Mattes, Cavanagh Early Childhood Center
- Patricia Peuschold, Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion
In all, 46 teachers from around the district were nominated for Teacher of the Year. That pool was cut to six finalists, with the final announcement happening at a ceremony at Armstrong High School Wednesday evening.