Lora Hill, Winona Teacher of the Year and a top ten finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, addressed the Winona Area Public School Board on Thursday.
Hill was invited to speak as a way of highlighting many of the wonderful things that are going on in the district.
Hill told the board that despite all the recent professional accolades, she is far from perfect and she struggles with racism. Hill told a story of meeting a young black man at night.
Hill said the young man turned out to be a former student who had dropped out of school and they ended up hugging. Hill also spoke of struggling with dyslexia as a student and how she uses her experiences to help students overcome obstacles of their own.
Hill said she wrote two essays as part of the Minnesota Teacher of the Year process, one about the large education gap between white students and minorities. Hill's second essay was about compassion in education.
Hill was chosen this year as Top 10 finalist by a selection panel of 25 leaders in the areas of education, business, government and non-profits who narrowed down the 33 semi-finalists down to 10.