Hopkins teacher named Top Ten Finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Hopkins High School social studies teacher Shannon Finnegan will be considered for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year award.
March 19, 2020

UPDATE on April 9, 2020: Shannon Finnegan has been named a top ten finalist for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. The winner was originally going to be announced at a banquet on May 3, but the event was postponed indefinitely because of coronavirus. Now, the finalists will interview with a selection panel in June.


Hopkins teacher Shannon Finnegan has been named a semifinalist for this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Finnegan is a social studies teacher in the Hopkins Alternative Program at Hopkins High School. 

“Every single student who walks through my door has power, genius, and value, and it is my job to help them realize this,” Finnegan said.

Finnegan was humbled, honored and excited to be named a semifinalist. She has been teaching for 11 years, three of those have been at Hopkins High School. One of her favorite things about teaching is watching her students grow and helping them find success and a sense of belonging in the classroom.

“I am lucky to work with young people every day — they give me hope for the future. My students in HAP are some of the most compassionate, bright, strong, and emotionally intelligent young people I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” Finnegan said.

Finnegan is one of 36 semifinalists for the award. A panel will review the semifinalists’ portfolios and review semifinalist video submissions in late March and will select about 10 finalists.

Candidates for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade, early childhood family education and adult basic education teachers, from public or private schools.

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