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Rapid City teacher Teacher of the Year now goes for state level


It's a yearly award that gives educators recognition for going the extra mile.

Teacher of the Year goes to that special teacher that ensures her students get a one of a kind education.

Going the extra mile is what got her noticed.

"As far as working with her, she's amazing, she's willing to ask the tough questions and kinda challenge your thinking," says fellow teacher Nicole Keegan.
"She'll have a great idea and try it and shows that things can always be improved or changed around in a way to be even more effective than the first idea," says coworker Bart Popowski.

Katie Anderson's great ideas and flexible teaching style put her at the top of the list of teachers nominated for Rapid City Teacher of the Year.

"Very honored, very excited, there's so many fabulous teachers in our district and to be selected as one of them is an honor," says Anderson.

Not only is Anderson an eighth grade science teacher at East Middle School.
But she coaches Cross Country, is part of the Literacy Leaders Program, and Building Leadership Teams in the district.
"And I have presented at a couple of conferences across the state and even San Francisco," says Anderson.
Her classroom techniques and extra curricular activities are just the beginning.
Becoming Teacher of the Year also has to do with her values and beliefs, that she had to submit in writing.

"From there I went on the write about myself a little more with Regional Teacher of the Year, and then there is also the writing and interview for South Dakota Teacher of the Year. So there has been quite a bit of work involved."
"Then, once she gets to the state level, then that goes onto the national level. So, she would compete against, I believe, its 51 teachers total," explains Keegan.
A coveted honor for any educator. Even at this level, Anderson is thankful.
"It's also very rewarding when you're selected out of a group of very phenomenal teachers, you know, hard work but well worth it," says Anderson.
And of course, that hard work ends up benefiting the ones that matter the most, her students.
"The kids love her, if she does get selected for it, it's going to be awesome," says Keegan.

The South Dakota Teacher of the Year will be announced on October 11th.

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