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Local educators up for Teacher of the Year

Two local teachers are among the semifinalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

Duluth Denfeld High School’s Jill Lofald and the Cloquet school district’s Cynthia Welsh are two of 30 semifinalists, drawn from a pool of 123 teachers throughout the state.

Lofald teaches English, public speaking and interpersonal communications. Welsh teaches life science and independent research projects at the Cloquet middle and high schools.

Ten finalists will be chosen in late March, and the winner is announced in May.

The Teacher of the Year program is organized and sponsored by Education Minnesota, the state teachers union.