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For Immediate Release: Oct. 28, 2005
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Sioux Falls educator named state's Teacher of the Year

Barbara Dowling, an early childhood teacher at Hawthorne Elementary in Sioux Falls, has been named South Dakota’s Teacher of the Year for 2006.

Dowling was made aware of the honor yesterday at a surprise celebration at the school. In making the announcement, South Dakota’s Secretary of Education Rick Melmer noted that Dowling’s “passion for teaching radiates through her dedication, her kindness, her patience, and her respect for all students.”

Dowling has taught for 11 years in the Sioux Falls School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and speech therapy from South Dakota State University. She also holds three master’s degrees in special education, speech/language pathology, and educational technology.

Dowling will be honored at a formal celebration in Pierre during the 2006 Legislature. She will represent South Dakota in the 2006 National Teacher of the Year competition.