Teacher of the Year Banquet

Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. CT | Highland Conference Center, Mitchell, SD

Speaker 1

Hear from Amanda Hargreaves about her experience as South Dakota’s 2021 Teacher of the Year and learn who will be the 2022 State Teacher of the Year!

The new State Teacher of the Year will be chosen from these
Regional Teachers of the Year:

  • Region #1: Stephanie Ballard, special education – math, George S. Mickelson Middle School (Brookings)
  • Region #2: Kristi Desaulniers, fourth grade, Legacy Elementary (Tea)
  • Region #3: Barbara Nicholas, elementary music, Buchanan K-1 Center (Huron)
  • Region #4: Jenna Peters, 6-12 English language arts, Britton-Hecla School District
  • Region #5: Koreen Hammel, fifth grade, Hot Springs Elementary


Distinguished schools and educators will also be honored:

  • 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools:
    • Canistota Elementary
    • Timber Lake Middle School
    • Webster Area Elementary

  • 2020 National ESEA Distinguished Schools:
    • Arlington Elementary
    • Cedar Grove Colony Elementary (Platte)

  • 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools and National ESEA Distinguished Schools will be announced!

  • 21st Century School Libraries:
    • Belle Fourche Middle School Library
    • Brookings High School Library
    • Explorer Elementary School Library (Harrisburg)
    • Flandreau Middle/High School Library
    • Freedom Elementary School Library (Harrisburg)
    • Huron High School Library
    • Lincoln High School Library (Sioux Falls)
    • Patrick Henry Middle School Library (Sioux Falls)
    • Roosevelt High School Library (Sioux Falls)
    • Spearfish High School Library
    • T.F. Riggs High School Library (Pierre)
    • Washington High School Library (Sioux Falls)
    • Watertown High School Library

  • 2020 recipients of National Board Certification:
    • Nicole Finnesand, Tri-Valley School District
    • Denise McCormick, Douglas School District
    • Kristina Tlustos, Rapid City Area Schools
    • Megan Wollman, Aberdeen School District

  • 2020 recipients of Counselor National Board Certification:
    • Michelle Pliska
    • Lane Madsen
    • Danielle Schoenbaum