This past week I attended the 2013 Systems Change Conference in Chamberlain, SD. It was at this conference and location in Chamberlain that I was honored to be named the 2011 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to LuAnn Lindskov of Timber Lake on being named the 2014 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. She has many amazing experiences ahead of her and many extraordinary memories to create.
At the conference, Katie Anderson (2013), Pat Moller (2012), and I did a couple breakout sessions titled Teaching, Leading, Learning. The sessions were designed to promote the South Dakota Teacher of the Year program. Unfortunately only a small percentage of South Dakota school districts have a teacher of the year program. This recognition at local, regional, and state levels of teachers shines a light on the many contributions of teachers in our state. We each also shared a little about our time as the South Dakota Teacher of the Year and the ways in which we have grown personally and professionally. Resources from our presentations can be found at http://st005.k12.sd.us/sdtoy.htm.