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Teacher of the Year

  • Available through June 30

Presented As A Series, “Teacher Of The Year” Is Engaging


It’s the Spring of 2020 and the Minnehaha Montessori School of South Minneapolis has gone totally online. Annie – a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year – should have no problem getting her 6th graders to the end of the school year.

Easy. Right?

Teacher of the Year tells the story of a woman, a family, a school, a community, a pandemic, and a murder in the city of Minneapolis during the tumultuous Spring of 2020.

Cotuit Center for the Arts and Eventide Theatre Company are proud to present the world premiere broadcast of “Teacher of the Year”, a new play by Jim Dalglish.

Video of entire series is available again through Dec. 31 and makes a great holiday gift!!
Get your ticket at showtix4u.com. Tickets are $25.

For more information and background about Teacher of the Year, visit Jim Dalglish's website here.

TOTY Awards
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Episode 1
The Pond

It’s the first day of virtual learning for Annie and her 6th graders at Minnehaha Montessori of South Minneapolis and her principal is on her case about the large aquarium in her classroom that is beginning to stink.

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Episode 2
Mothers and Micro-Aggressions

Annie discovers that her ex-husband and his wife have created an alternative curriculum for her 11-year-old son. Her mother - an ICU nurse - shares her pessimistic view on where the pandemic is heading.

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Episode 3
A Kettle of Fish

Annie outwits Principal Edwards and returns the fish to nature. She struggles to get her 6th graders excited about their new project - creating online retellings of stories from the Iliad.

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Episode 4
Common Household Objects

Principal Edwards decides to make attendance for the rest of the year optional. Annie has her remaining students present tableaus they have created for their Iliad projects. It doesn’t go well.

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Episode 5
Mrs. Gundersen

The shit hits the fan when a screen grab of one of the Iliad tableaus is posted on Twitter. Cass becomes ill and Annie turns to her ex-husband for support.

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Episode 6
Annie’s Project

To motivate the few students remaining in her class, Annie decides to create her own Iliad project. She receives a text from her mother begging for help.

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Episode 7
First Responder

Annie calls for an ambulance and races to the hospital.

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Episode 8
Murder in Minneapolis

Devon takes his family to a Black Lives Matter march to protest the killing of George Floyd. Annie tries to remain optimistic about Cass’s health.

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Episode 9
Annie Goes Under Cover

Annie manages to evade hospital security in order to see Cass.

Episode 10 The School Board Meeting

Episode 10
The School Board Meeting

Annie attends the school board meeting and gets devastating news.

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Episode 11
A Lesson Plan on Loss

As Minneapolis descends into chaos, Annie struggles to explain to Akeem what has happened to his grandmother. Principal Edwards reaches out to Annie in a gesture of support.

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Episode 12
Trojan Woman

After Annie’s life goes up in flames, help comes from an unexpected source.

Miranda Jonté - Annie

Calvin M. Thompson - Devon
Bonnie Fairbanks - Principal Edwards
Darlene Van Alstyne - Shiela
Nina Schuessler - Cass
Sara Sneed - Mrs. Gundersen
Jess Wilson - 911 Operator
Cathy Ode - Claire
Introducing: Marcus Coffey - Akeem

Annie’s Class:
Sophia Sneed - Britney
Natalia Tsourides - Melody
Athan Tsourides - Trevor
Aria D’Schommer Grant - Yuri
Carly Silverman - Michelle
Madison Solopoulos - Haley
Jake Murphy - Michael
Ella Meshoulam - Sky
Hanna Meshoulam - Chris
Jason Lewis - Jackson
Cole Pantaleo - Reggie
Asia Gaston - Lisa

The School Board:
Joe Hickey
Natasha D’Schommer
Ian Ryan
Lynda Sturner
Bryan Green
Regine Vital
Jan Richmond
Jess Wilson
Karen McPherson
Stephanie Miele
Sarah McNulty

Written, Directed, Edited & Produced by
Jim Dalglish

Regine Vital

Title Video and Poster Design by
Brian Fitzgibbons

Theme Music by
J Hagenbuckle

Properties Design & Construction by
Michelle Law