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May 2019  

  Candidates for 2020 State Teacher of the Year announced

We are pleased to announce South Dakota’s 2020 Regional Teachers of the Year!

  • Region #1: Jean Gunderson, K-6 Title reading, Elkton Elementary School
  • Region #2: Amanda Harris, fourth grade, Endeavor Elementary School (Harrisburg)
  • Region #3: Dina Vander Wilt, kindergarten, L.B. Williams Elementary School (Mitchell)
  • Region #4: Nicole Dallman, third grade, Mobridge-Pollock Upper Elementary School
  • Region #5: Penny Shuster Louks, eighth grade English language arts, Belle Fourche Middle School
A statewide panel of educators will select one of these regional finalists to represent the state as the 2020 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. The 2020 South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced Oct. 10, 2019, at the Systems Change Conference in Oacoma. That individual will be South Dakota’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year Award.

The National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The 2020 National Teacher of the Year will be announced during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in spring 2020.

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