BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — An Edina English teacher is the 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

Jackie Roehl teaches 10th-grade English at Edina High School. She is the 48th winner of the award and the first from the Edina School District.

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Roehl calls closing the racial achievement gap among students “a moral and ethical imperative.”

In a statement, Mary Manderfeld, director of enrollment and school improvement for Edina Public Schools, calls Roehl “a deeply committed teacher” who has “a tireless work ethic in her attempt to reach all students.”

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Roehl has taught at Edina High School since 1998. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of St. Thomas.

The award was announced Sunday. Education Minnesota, the state teachers union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program.

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