The South Dakota Teacher of the Year Program is made possible by the National Teacher of the Year Program. The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the Voya Foundation.
|District TOY||Regional TOY||State TOY|
|2017 District Nomination Form||Application||Application|
||Region Teachers of the Year Interview Day in Pierre|
The goal of the TOY program is to recognize and honor the tremendous contributions of outstanding classroom teachers. Note: a classroom teacher is a person who has a class of his/her own and spends at least three or more hours per day, five days a week, for six or more calendar months during a school year in a classroom teaching students. School counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers are NOT eligible.
Each TOY candidate should:
Each District Teacher of the Year becomes a nominee for his or her district’s Regional Teacher of the Year Award. If the District TOY is selected as the Regional TOY, he or she becomes a nominee for the South Dakota TOY. The Regional Teacher of the Year, will need to be an active teacher for that next school year. If chosen as the South Dakota TOY, he/she then becomes a candidate for the National TOY. The National Teacher of the Year selection is not completed until the following Spring, they would need to be an active teacher for that following school year as well.
A school district may choose to set up its own selection process for choosing a District Teacher of the Year, or use guidelines created by the Department of Education. The guidelines can be altered to fit a district’s needs.
Each District Teacher of the Year becomes a nominee for his or her district’s Regional Teacher of the Year Award. If the District TOY is selected as the Regional TOY, he or she becomes a nominee for the South Dakota TOY. If chosen as the South Dakota TOY, he/she then becomes a candidate for the National TOY.
The South Dakota TOY will be announced at the Systems Change Conference and will honor the new South Dakota Teacher of the Year and Regional Teachers of the Year.
|2016 Teacher of the Year|
|Sarah Lutz, Stanley County Elementary School|
|Previous Teacher of the Year|
|2015 Allen Hogie|
|2014 LuAnn Lindskov||2013 Katie Anderson||2012 Pat Moller|
|2011 Susan Turnipseed||2010 Tom Mead||2009 Paul Kuhlman|
|2008 Sharon Andrews||2007 Charlotte Mohling||2006 Barbara Dowling|
|2005 Jensi Kellogg-Andrus||2004 Roxie Ahlbrecht||2003 Linda McKay|
|2002 Jeffrey Lukens||2001 Marilyn Herz||2000 Bill Zubke|
|1999 Kristine Malloy||1998 Denise Bryan||1997 Judy Kroll|
|1996 Jacqueline Omland||1995 Rebecca Ekeland||1994 Glenna Fouberg|
|1993 Julie Ashworth||1992 Lennis Larson||1991 Deborah Van Pelt Platt|
|1990 Carole Kasen||1989 Linda Hillestad||1988 Richard Meier|
|1987 Darell Pribyl|