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March 19, 2012


Apple Valley, Minn. – George Peper, of Willmar, is participating on the Education Minnesota 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year selection committee. The committee consists of 22 community leaders from around the state. Peper is the Chairperson of United Educators Credit Union's Board of Directors and a retired teacher of the Willmar School District.

"I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to volunteer on this year's selection committee," said Peper. "As a representative of United Educators Credit Union and a teacher for the past 44 years, I'm thrilled to be given the chance to give back to my colleagues who all would be a great representative for the Teacher of the Year."

This year's program will name the 48th Annual Minnesota Teacher of the Year, celebrating the tradition and excellence of teaching in Minnesota. The Selection Committee has already narrowed down to 34 semifinalists from the original field of 111 candidates. Contenders include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers, from public or private schools from across the state..

The 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced Sunday, May 6, 2012 at The Northland Inn and Conference Center in Brooklyn Park. Education Minnesota organizes the program and United Educators Credit Union is a long time sponsor of the award.

United Educators Credit Union was established in 1957 and is a member-owned, member-operated, not-for-profit financial institution, providing financial services to the Minnesota education community, their families, and those who support education by being a part of the United Educators Foundation. United Educators Credit Union offers a full line of financial services, and currently operates branch locations in Apple Valley, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie and Woodbury. In September 2011, BAUERFINANCIAL Inc. Third Party Website, awarded the United Educators Credit Union its five-star "SUPERIOR" rating for its 78th consecutive period, designating it as one of the safest credit unions in the United States. The prestigious Sustained Superiority Status is earned by fewer than 10% of the nation's credit unions.

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