The Sioux Falls School District is pleased to announce the teachers who have been nominated for the prestigious Dr. John W. Harris Teacher of the Year Award. The seventy nominations received in 2017 far surpasses the number of teachers honored in the past for this award. A team of judges will review the nominations and choose finalists to be named in early-mid March. All nominees and finalists will be invited to attend a dessert reception in their honor on Monday, March 27, 2017 when the winner is announced.

The Teacher of the Year Award is made possible with the generous support of Vern Eide Motorcars, the sole sponsor of the award since its inception. Vern Eide offers a $4,000 cash award to the winner to celebrate their teaching excellence. Please help us congratulate these well-deserving teachers!

Please congratulate our 5 finalists, highlighted in yellow. 

Nominee's Name School Nominee's Name School Nominee's Name School
Cassie Duffy Anne Sullivan Payton Pry Hayward Christopher Buckmiller RHS
Loree Erickson Axtell Park Success Academy Kimberly Dobson Horace Mann Gina Benz RHS
Stephanie Luschen Christian Center Preschool Bernadine Shawd JFK Jessica Pomerenke RHS
Stacy Nelson CTE Maureen Bland JFK Katie Pesicka RHS
Alysa Eberhart-Renfrow Discovery Sharon Hoekman JFK Kiki Nelsen RHS
Caitlin Haug Discovery Tricia Matia JFK Sharon Moore RHS
Jessica Vandrovec Discovery Kristine Dykstra John Harris Tyler Fitz RHS
Kristine Shanks Discovery Shannon Hohwieler John Harris Jera Potter Robert Frost/Challenge Center
Sarah Jespersen Discovery Stefanie Hage John Harris Jessica Peterson Robert Frost/Challenge Center
Kelly Willett Edison Terri Hogarth John Harris Daniela Moscoso-Donoso Sonia Sotomayor
Wendy Long Edison James Jarovski LHS Jennifer Castello Pagan Sonia Sotomayor
Cara Pliska Eugene Field Joshua Smith LHS Leonardo Bohorquez Sonia Sotomayor
Emily Stee Eugene Field Kathy Ferguson LHS Maria Alvarez-Martinez Sonia Sotomayor
Laura Tjaden Eugene Field Michael Jones LHS Vanessa Graning Sonia Sotomayor
Beth DeRuyter Garfield Sara Klaahsen LHSM Yenny Ruiz- Pineda Sonia Sotomayor
Joseph Flock George McGovern Heather Crosby Lowell April Hokanson Susan B. Anthony
Emily Tomkins Harvey Dunn Jennifer Jackson Lowell Marrina Kaun Susan B. Anthony
Jolene Hilbrands Harvey Dunn Holly Klungseth Memorial Alison Johnson Terry Redlin
Julie Sehr Harvey Dunn Tara Knutson Memorial Kriss Ibis Whittier
Ronna Mikkelsen Harvey Dunn George Hawkins New Tech Tania Grogan Whittier
Sheremy Haas Harvey Dunn Amanda Hotchkin Oscar Howe Britt Samson WHS
Tarrah Olson Harvey Dunn Paula Dean Oscar Howe Meghan Wounded-Head WHS
Theresa Bruggeman Harvey Dunn Todd Peichel Patrick Henry    
Timothy Mader Hawthorne Amanda Kocmick R.F. Pettigrew