Wilshire Park Elementary boasts Teacher of the Year finalist

Greg Truso

Wilshire Park Elementary School second grade teacher Greg Truso is one of 12 finalists for this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. 

Awarded by Education Minnesota, a statewide educators union headquartered in St. Paul, the 2018 winner will be chosen by an independent selection panel of 23 leaders in education, business, government and the nonprofit world, who have already whittled down a candidate pool of 167 to 43 semifinalists before naming the final 12 this month.

Candidates range from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers. Truso was nominated by Wilshire parents, staff and administrators at the St. Anthony school. “Its amazing,” he said. “This whole journey has been both exciting and humbling at the same time.”

Truso said he was very honored to be nominated and to make the finalist cut, a process that began last November.

From Mahtomedi, Truso said his inspiration is his father, who was a coach and mentor. Truso earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education form St. John’s University in Collegeville and a master’s of education from Concordia College in St. Paul. He is currently in his eighth year at Wilshire. 

Since being nominated, Truso said he’s heard from families from his first years at Wilshire who now have students in high school. He said some of the students recalled vivid memories of his collaborative, in-class efforts. 

Truso said one parent really appreciated those collaborative efforts, specifically the way Truso used themes students were interested in to teach the curriculum. This parent’s child had an interest in the sea, so he incorporated underwater themes. 

Truso said he’s grateful for the St. Anthony/New Brighton school district community, which he said “really embraced” him. He added his nomination for the award makes him think of Wilshire’s many administrators and teachers. 

“The last eight years have been great,” he said. 

Minnesota’s 2018 Teacher of the Year will be announced May 6.


— Solomon Gustavo

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