Gustafson is one of 34 teachers selected to advance from .
A panel of judges will choose 10 finalists later this month and the group will name its 2012 Teacher of the Year on May 6.
Three teachers in Fridley-area schools are candidates for the Teacher of the Year award sponsored by the Education Minnesota teachers union.
Other candidates from Fridley-area schools were , a science teacher at , and early childhood teacher Barb Saunders from Spring Lake Park, who the district honored last year.
Also advancing, from the Anoka-Hennepin district (which includes a small part of northwest Fridley), is elementary teacher Neil Eerdmans.