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For Immediate Release: Dec. 8, 2011
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

15 South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor



Fifteen classroom teachers from South Dakota are among nearly 6,200 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2011. The achievement brings the number of National Board Certified Teachers in South Dakota to 89.

South Dakota’s 2011 recipients include:

• Suzanne Albers, English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Smee School District

• Ann Anderson, Generalist/Middle Childhood, Belle Fourche School District

• Amy Frantzen, Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood, Brandon Valley School District

• Julie Hatling, Mathematics/Early Adolescence, Belle Fourche School District

• Carrie Kornely, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Todd County School District

• Jenny Krenzke, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Todd County School District

• Carrie Larson, English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Bennett County School District

• Wendy Larson, English Language Arts/Early Adolescence, Belle Fourche School District

• Penny Louks, English Language Arts/Early Adolescence, Belle Fourche School District

• Andrea Olson, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Belle Fourche School District

• Jennifer Reevas, Mathematics/Early Adolescence, Todd County School District

• Kimberly Roth, Career and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood, Belle Fourche School District

• Joann Stephens, English Language Arts/Early Adolescence, Belle Fourche School District

• Marlys Walkling, Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood, Todd County School District

• Laura Welch, Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood, Brandon Valley School District

“These teachers deserve our congratulations,” said South Dakota Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp. “National Board Certification is a rigorous and comprehensive process. Those who achieve it demonstrate not only a commitment to student learning, but also a commitment to their own growth as teaching professionals.”

National Board Certification is one of the highest credentials in the teaching profession. A voluntary process established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, certification is achieved through a rigorous performance-based assessment that measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The process requires teachers to demonstrate how their activities improve student achievement.

To learn more about National Board Certification, call the South Dakota Department of Education at (605) 773-3134. www.doe.sd.gov

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