Amber Damm, a member of the North Central University (AG, Minneapolis, Minnesota) Class of 1998, has been named the 2009 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
Damm received the award that recognizes the state's top K-12 educator on Sunday, May 3, 2009, at the annual Education Minnesota ceremony in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She is the second NCU graduate to receive this honor in the past six years, joining Gino Marchetti (Class of '90), who won the award in 2003.
Damm is a 7th- and 8th-grade English and Language Arts teacher at Clara Barton Open School in Minneapolis. She was chosen from a group of 11 finalists by a panel civic and business leaders, and will also be Minnesota's nominee for National Teacher of the Year in 2010.
"The announcement of Amber Damm being selected as the 2009 Minnesota Teacher of the Year is very exciting for us," states Dr. Thomas Burkman, NCU vice president of Academic Affairs. "The fact that she is the second North Central graduate in six years to receive this award is truly remarkable. This shows the type of students who attend North Central and it shows the caliber of our academic programs."
Teacher of the Year candidates are nominated by students, parents, colleagues and community members. This year saw 101 candidates for Teacher of the Year nominated before the narrowing the field to 11 finalists.
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