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Two years ago, Qorsho Hassan became the first Somali American to win Minnesota Teacher of the Year. In June, Qorsho announced she’s leaving the classroom. What happened?

Students, parents, and fellow educators describe Qorsho Hassan as an exceptional teacher: an example of how teachers of color can change a classroom. But in an interview with Sahan Journal, Qorsho says that Minnesota schools continue to fail their students—and teachers like her, too. “We’ve been tasked with the impossible job of fighting systemic racism,” Qorsho said.