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Amy Hewett-Olatunde

Hamline alum named Teacher of the Year

Amy Hewett-Olatunde MAEd ’02, EDD ’15, who teaches writing and English to immigrant students, was named Minnesota’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.

In addition to her job at LEAP High School in Saint Paul, where she has taught since 1999, Hewett-Olatunde serves as an adjunct English professor in Hamline’s College of Liberal Arts and in Hamline School of Education’s English as a Second Language Program.

Hewett-Olatunde says she hopes the recognition will help her in her efforts to advocate for English language learners (ELL) in particular as well as all students.

“Even the students who aren’t ELL sometimes need extra support and scaffolding, so the things we are doing as ELL teachers can also really benefit the other students in class,” she says.

“I feel proud of what I do and fully invest myself in it.”

Education Minnesota, the statewide teachers’ union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the
Year program.

—Mackenzie Bledsoe ’16