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April 06, 2011 02:46 PM

Harvey Dunn Teacher Honored As Teacher Of The Year

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A second-grade teacher at Harvey Dunn Elementary is the Sioux Falls Teacher of the Year.

Nicole Gardner-Fink has been a teacher in the Sioux Falls area for 17 years.

Criteria for selection of the Teacher of the Year include:
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Effectiveness in meeting students' needs
  • Impact on student achievement
  • Effectiveness of home-school cooperation
  • Community involvement to promote school-community relations
The Sioux Falls School district and Vern Eide Motorcars co-sponsor the award. Gardner-Fink was given a $4,000 check from Eide.

Other 2011 finalists include: Dean Marty, 5th Grade teacher at the Challenge Center elementary; Deb Pedersen, 4th and 5th in the Bridges program at Horace Mann, John Rodman, Physical Education at Harvey Dunn Elementary; and Amy Schander, 9-12th Grade mathematics at Washington High School.
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