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Educator recognition
Shine a spotlight on your “best and brightest”

School administrators: If you have an educator who represents South Dakota’s best and brightest, we want to hear from you. The Department of Education maintains a list of Emerging Classroom Leaders, which consists of distinguished teachers and principals from across South Dakota. These talented educators may be considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces, as well as candidates for special recognition programs.

Candidates must have a minimum of five years of experience in education. Candidates must be building-level personnel. They are typically classroom teachers, as opposed to specialists, and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth. Occasionally, a principal or specialist is considered. Previous recognition is not required.

To nominate someone for our Emerging Classroom Leaders Pool, complete a Talent Pool Recommendation Form and return it to Lanette Johnston, Department of Education, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501, no later than May 2, 2011.

In addition to filling out the form, we ask that you include a one-page narrative and a resume if possible. Please keep your recommendation confidential and do not share it with the individual.

Questions can be directed to Lanette Johnston, Department of Education, at (605) 773-8415.