Minnesota's Teacher of the Year Says "Don't Get Discouraged."

Labor Day means teachers and students are returning to school. 

Last May, the teacher’s union, Education Minnesota, named a new “Teacher of the Year.”   There were well over 100 candidates for the honor from the  ranks of the 70 thousand member union.

The winner was Thomas Rademacher,  who teachers English at the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resources School in Downtown Minneapolis.

Rademacher is a third-generation teacher who says he was  inspired by his grandmother.   He won a six thousand dollar prize and will be a teacher ambassador working around the state this school year. 

He stopped by KFAI and talked with reporter Chavonn Williams, who asked him to describe the challenges teachers face today.  

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