The Yankton School District (YSD) is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 YSD Teacher of the Year. The goal of the South Dakota Department of Education Teacher of the Year program is to recognize and honor the tremendous contributions of outstanding classroom teachers.

The South Dakota Department of Education defines a classroom teacher as being a person who has a class of his/her own and spends at least three or more hours per day, five days a week, for six or more calendar months during a school year in a classroom teaching students. The South Dakota Department of Education has determined school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers are NOT eligible. Any teacher that is retiring at the end of the 2018-2019 school term is also not eligible.

A community member, student, parent, colleague, department head or principal can make nominations. Nominators must include a short statement indicating why the nominee is an outstanding teacher of Yankton School District. Nominations can be made at The deadline for all nominations is Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Participating in the Teacher of the Year Program has a positive impact on the entire community. Recognizing outstanding teachers establishes a culture that rewards excellence in teaching and validates the work of the teacher. It gives students a sense of pride in their teachers, displays teachers as positive role models, and encourages students to think about teaching as a career. Being a part of the nomination process gives the community a sense of pride in its teachers, and helps to get the public involved and invested in the schools. The District Teacher of the Year becomes a nominee for his or her district’s Regional Teacher of the Year Award.

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