Lisa Karas, who has been a teacher in the Langdon Area School (LAS) system for seven years, the past two of which she has taught second grade, was awarded Teacher of the Year at the annual staff dinner this past Monday night.
Posted on 12/13/14
By Melissa Anderson
Originally from Lakota, Karas graduated from Lakota High School in 2005 and from Mayville State University in 2008. Her parents still reside there, and most of her family is in the Lakota/Michigan Area.
“When I was growing up, I always knew I wanted to work with kids for my career” Karas stated.
Karas explained that she had two teachers in particular who inspired her to become a teacher.
One was her high school math teacher who’s love for teaching and his love for his students and their learning really steered Karas into the teaching profession.
While attending Mayville State University, Karas had a professor who made her even more confident in her choice of career path.
“She was dedicated, kind, and loved to teach, and I wanted to be just like her. I often ask myself, What Would Laurie Berry Do?”
Karas enjoys working with and spending time with her students. Seeing them light up when you’re doing an activity is so fun to see.
“It’s fun watching them “grasp” a concept and seeing the light bulb click on when they understand it well. It’s fun introducing new, fun ways to help them learn” Karas stated.
This was Karas first time to be nominated for the Teacher of the Year award.
“I was extremely surprised to receive the award. All of the candidates are excellent educators and I was very honored to be part of that group” Karas said.
“It feels good to be recognized for all of my hard work and dedication to my students.” Karas continued.
Karas noted that it has really been her coworkers who have helped her grow along the way, and that the honor of being recognized goes in part to what her coworkers have taught and helped guide her in any way possible.
“I really appreciate how kind and caring and helpful each and every one of them have been” Karas said.
Karas stated that her experience in the LAS school system has been nothing short of amazing.
“I really couldn’t have chosen a better place to begin my teaching career. Everyone is so helpful and kind. The students are awesome”Karas said.
“I have never been in a community that has welcomed me with such open arms. Langdon was the perfect fit for me” Karas continued.
Karas was nominated along with fellow teachers Michele Olson, Ethen Askvig, and Carla Symons.
Other awards presented that evening were to Kathy Skjervheim and Pam Paulson for 15 years of Service, Rich Olson 20 years of Service and to Jane Hart for 30 years of Service.
Congratulations to Karas, her fellow teachers for being nominated and to the Service Award winners.