Meet Minnesota's 2019 Teacher of the Year

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On Sunday, Education Minnesota announced its teacher of the year, Jessica Davis.

A math teacher from South St. Paul Secondary School, Davis mostly teaches advanced algebra to juniors and seniors. She also leads a computer science class that gives students hands-on experience, advises an African-American student organization, and has been active in helping students of color to see their potential and to connect them with professionals of color.

Davis and 2017 Teacher of the Year Corey Bulman joined host Angela Davis to discuss the state of education in Minnesota and issues like the achievement gap.

In many areas, students are either plateauing or declining in their Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. Students of color and high-needs students are often scoring the lowest, betraying a gap in education that has plagued Minnesota schools for years.


• Corey Bulman — 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, teaches English language arts at Mound Westonka High School

• Jessica Davis — 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, teaches math at South St. Paul Secondary School

Use the audio player above to listen to the show.