Distinguished Educators

Talent Pool Recommendation Form

Emerging Classroom Leaders Pool

Members of the Department of Education's Emerging Classroom Leaders Pool are considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces, and as candidates for special recognition programs. In addition, they represent their communities and our state, and may ultimately receive prestigious recognition.

We are very fortunate to have a rich base of veteran educators represented in our current talent pool. They have been and continue to be a valuable resource in our state efforts. What is particularly lacking at this time is representation from educators relatively new to the profession who demonstrate unusual instructional and leadership ability.

The Department of Education is seeking to add to the Emerging Classroom Leaders Pool, classroom teachers and/or principals who have demonstrated all of the following:
- Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school;
- Exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession;
- Individuals whose contributions to education are largely unheralded yet worthy of the spotlight;
- Early-to mid-career educators who offer strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership and;
- Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.

To recommend an educator:
1. Complete one Talent Pool Recommendation Form, download from "documents box", for each candidate with confidential, succinct, and specific information. All questions must be answered. Typewritten submissions are preferred;
2. Write a one-page letter that addresses how the candidate meets the aforementioned criteria; and
3. Obtain a copy of the candidate’s resume.



National Board Certification

National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification is available nationwide for most preK–12 teachers.

As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.

For more information, visit www.nbpts.org.



Recipients of the Presidential Award
for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching

The following are South Dakota educators who have been award recipients.

 2012
 Erin Marsh-Pierre Indian Learning Center, Pierre (Discipline: K-6 Mathematics)
 Ann Anderson-Belle Fourche Middle School, Belle Fourche (Discipline: K-6 Science)
 2011
 Deborah Snook-Philip High School, Philip (Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics)
 Paul Kuhlman, Avon High School, Avon (Discipline: 7-12 Science)
 2010
 Constance Ahrens-Knollwood Heights Elementary, Rapid City (Discipline: K-6 Math)
 Deborah Thorp-Lead-Deadwood Middle School, Lead (Discipline: K-6 Science)
 2009
 Lori Keleher-Huron Middle School, Huron, (Discipline: 7-12 Mathematics)
 Angela Hejl-Yankton High School, Yankton, (Discipline: 7-12 Science)
 2008
 David Ireland-South Middle School, Rapid City, (Discipline: K-6 Science)
 Rebecca Kitts-St. Joseph Elem. School, Pierre, (Discipline: K-6 Math)
 2007
 Allen Hogie-Brandon Valley HS, Brandon, (Discipline: 7-12 Math)
 Julie Olson-Mitchell HS, Mitchell, (Discipline: 7-12 Science)
 2006
 Sharla Steever-Hill City Elem., Hill City, (Discipline: K-6 Science)
 Sandra Ullrich-Lincoln Elem., Aberdeen, (Discipline:K-6 Math)
 2005
 Mark Farrand- Central HS, Rapid City, (Discipline: 7-12 Science)
 2004
 Cassandra Soeffing - Axtell Park MS (Discipline: K-6 Science)
 Dawn Wirth - Hurley Public School, Hurley (Discipline: K-6 Math)
 2003
 Donna Peterson – Belle Fourche Middle School (Discipline: Math)
 Sally Stoll - Vermillion Middle School (Discipline: Science)
 2002
 Roxie Rae Ahlbrecht – Robert Frost Elem., Sioux Falls (Discipline: Math)
 Sharon Faye Andrews – Mark Twain Elem. (Discipline: Science)
 Michael S. Barondeau – Edmunds Central, Roscoe (Discipline: Science)
 2001
 Cynthia Diane Kroon – Montrose HS, Montrose (Discipline: Science)
 Sharon Faye Andrews – Mark Twain Elem. (Discipline: Science)
 Patricia Louise Martin – Roncali, Aberdeen (Discipline: Science)
 2000
 Larry D. Beesley – Valley Springs Elem. (Discipline: Science)
 Ramona Ruth Lundberg – Clear Lake (Discipline: Secondary Science)
 Teresa Kay McComber – Little Wound HS, Kyle (Discipline: Math)
 Betty Ann Thomas – Springfield Elementary, Discipline: Math)
 1999
 Mary Jo Lee Christensen – Webster (Discipline: Math)
 Ellen Cooch – Spearfish Middle School (Discipline: Math)
 Barbara Ann Dohrer – Mellette Elem., Watertown (Discipline: Science)
 J. Kelly Lane – Douglas Middle School, Box Elder (Discipline: Science)
 1998
 Nancy Jean Barondeau – Edmunds Central Elem. (Discipline: Science)
 Eugene R. Bormann – Yankton HS, Yankton (Discipline: Science)
 Rose Marie Kraft – Aberdeen Roncalli Junior High, Aberdeen

Resources

ING Unsung Heroes
paemst.org



Contact

Kathy Riedy, Department of Education, 605-773-8415