As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, the South Dakota Department of Education has named the 2020 Regional Teachers of the Year.
This year's recipients:
• Region #1: Jean Gunderson, K-6 Title reading, Elkton Elementary School
• Region #2: Amanda Harris, fourth grade, Endeavor Elementary School (Harrisburg)
• Region #3: Dina Vander Wilt, kindergarten, L.B. Williams Elementary School (Mitchell)
• Region #4: Nicole Dallman, third grade, Mobridge-Pollock Upper Elementary School
• Region #5: Penny Shuster Louks, eighth grade english language arts, Belle Fourche Middle School
A statewide panel of educators will select one of these regional finalists to represent the state as the 2020 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced Oct. 10 at the Systems Change Conference in Oacoma. That individual will be South Dakota’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year Award in Washington D.C.