A Burnsville educator of 30 years has been named as a nominee for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
Sharon Shelerud, a social studies teacher at Metcalf Junior High, is one of 135 nominees for the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. The field includes 26 teachers from Dakota and Scott counties, with 10 coming from Shakopee alone. Officials at Education Minnesota, the union that organizes and underwrites the event, say that this year's pool of contenders is the largest seen since 2005.
Shelerud was named the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District's teacher of the year in May of 2012. According to her peers at the district, Shelerud has made a name for herself in academia at all levels. In addition to teaching at Metcalf, she has written lessons for the University of Minnesota Center for Austrian Studies, chairs of the Assessment Development Committee sponsored by the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education, and serves an adjunct professor at Augsburg College.
However, Shelerud is best known for her tireless efforts in the trenches of junior high. In May, colleagues Terry Ruhsam and Lucretia Jeffers praised her dedication to students.
“Sharon often spends nights after school tutoring students in human geography and AP geography,” they wrote. “She is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure her students are successful. She isn’t afraid to challenge them and they often come back to thank her for pushing them to excel.”
Education Minnesota will narrow the field to semifinalists, then finalists. The "Teacher of the Year" for 2013 will be announced Sunday, May 5, at the Marriott Minneapolis Northwest in Brooklyn Park.
It's not the first time that a teacher from Burnsville-Eagan-Savage has been in the running. Last year, Eagle Ridge Junior High Joe Meyer was named a finalist. The district also had two state "Teachers of the Year" early in its history: Richard Hanson (1968) and Thomas Melchior (1971).