Dr. John W. Harris Teacher of the Year

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Nominations for the 35th Annual Dr. John W. Harris Teacher of the Year Award will be open soon!
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Outstanding, full-time teachers in ANY accredited Sioux Falls school are eligible for the award and $4,000 in prize money donated by Vern Eide Motorcars! Classroom teachers that have at least three (3) full years of teaching experience, a class of his/her own and teaches students at least three (3) or more hours per day, five (5) days a week, for six (6) or more calendar months during a school year are eligible.

Criteria for Selection include:

  • Differentiates instruction based on meeting student needs

  • Designs engaging lessons to improve classroom and/or school culture

  • Inspires students to recognize their potential impact and role in the larger community

Additional Things to Consider:

  • The desire for professional growth

  • Community involvement

  • Dedication to the teaching profession

  • Rapport with students, parents, and staff

To be considered for Regional and State Teacher of the Year, the District Candidate should:

  • Have a superior ability to inspire students of ALL backgrounds and abilities to learn;

  • Be an exceptionally skilled and dedicated classroom teacher;

  • Have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues;

  • Play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school; and

  • Be poised, articulate, and have the energy to withstand the demanding schedule that would accompany selection as the South Dakota Teacher of the Year.

District Teacher of the Year becomes a nominee for his or her district’s Regional Teacher of the Year Award. If the District TOY is selected as the Regional TOY, he or she becomes a nominee for the South Dakota TOY. If chosen as the South Dakota TOY, he/she then becomes a candidate for the National TOY.

Past Winners

Teacher

School

Year

Ashley Kracke

R.F. Pettigrew Elementary

2022

Nick Opdahl - Distinguished Educator Award!

CTE

2022

 Ann Robertson

Whittier MS

2021

Janelle Revier

CTE Academy

2020

Lynn Thomason

Lincoln High School

2019

Kimberly Dobson

Horace Mann Elementary

2018

Stefanie Hage

John Harris Elementary

2017

Janet Swier

Washington High School

2016

Gretchen Johnson

Cleveland Elementary

2015

Sarah Henrichs

Axtell Park Middle School

2014

Allison Hutchinson

Career & Technical Education Academy

2013

Donna Leininger

Washington High School

2012

Nicole Gardner

Harvey Dunn Elementary

2011

Teresa Timmerman

Lincoln High School

2010

Cher May

Terry Redlin Elementary

2009

Barbara Myers

Axtell Park Middle School

2008

Sharon Andrews

Challenge Center

2007

Karyn Veenis

Patrick Henry Middle School

2006

Barbara Dowling

Hawthorne Elementary

2005

Brent Eliason

Washington High School

2004

Roxie Ahlbrecht

Robert Frost Elementary

2003

Sally Rice

Edison Middle School

2002

Jeff Lukens

Roosevelt High School

2001

Linda Carmody

Eugene Field Elementary

2000

Audrey Lofgren

Robert Frost Elementary

1999

Bob Dolan

Washington High School

1998

Alice Sylliaasen

Eugene Field Elementary

1997

Don Reiffenberger

Cleveland Elementary

1996

Don Decker

Lincoln High School

1995

Judy Davis

Patrick Henry Middle School

1994

Phyllis Kruger

Harvey Dunn Elementary

1993

Julie Ashworth

Hawthorne Elementary

1992

Lois Sudbeck

Little Flower Elementary

1991

Sharon Schueler

Roosevelt High School

1990

Joan Conner

Lincoln High School

1989

2023 Nominees

Last Name

First Name

School

Grade or Subject

*Indicate Finalists

DeeAnn Konrad

DeeAnn Konrad

Community Relations Coordinator

(605) 367-7951
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