Ethen Askvig named Langdon Area School District Teacher of the Year

The Langdon Area School District held their annual banquet on December 7 and gave the award for Teacher of the Year to Ethen Askvig.

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Posted on 12/19/15

By Melissa Anderson

This was the second time Askvig was nominated and his first time winning the crystal apple.

“As always, it is a great honor to be nominated by your peers for the work that you do,” Askvig said.

Askvig is originally from Minot and graduated from Bishop Ryan High School and Minot State University (MSU). At MSU he earned a bachelor’s degree in History Education.

“I left high school not truly knowing what I wanted to be. Once I got into college all I could remember was my high school social studies teacher, Mr. Scott Foltz, at Bishop Ryan HS in Minot that always made class fun, exciting and interesting,” Askvig said.

The desire to be a teacher like Mr. Foltz was in high school and attempt to bring humor and student involvement into a classroom as well as wanting to make school an enjoyable learning experience for students made Askvig the teacher he is today.

While at Minot State, Askvig also began his coaching career, serving for three years as a junior varsity girls basketball coach at Bishop Ryan High School.

Askvig began his teaching career at New Town High School and spent four years there. It was while he was in New Town that Askvig married his wife, Jayla Howatt. Jayla also graduated from Minot State University and joined Askvig in teaching in New Town for two years.

In 2009, the Askvigs moved to Cavalier, ND where ,for three years, Askvig taught mornings in Pembina and afternoons in Cavalier. He continued coaching head girls basketball  coachwhile also serving as the 5th/6th grade boys basketball coach and was an assistant high school baseball coach.

In 2012 the Askvigs moved closer to family and took teaching positions at the Langdon Area Schools. Askvig currently teaches POD to the seniors, world history and geography to sophomores, and will have psychology and North Dakota studies as electives in the 2nd semester.

“LASD has been an awesome school district to work for. We have a great staff that supports each other and cares for the students. I appreciate the support the administration has always given to me,” Askvig said.

In his four years at LAHS, Askvig has received the honor of being selected as “Most Influential Teacher”, and he has served as the head girls basketball coach, an assistant track coach and in the spring will be the boys head golf coach. He is an advisor to the sophomore class, social science club and is currently in his first year serving as the athletic director.

Being nominated for a second time made it no less special as Askvig was nominated along with his wife, Jayla.

“It was truly special just to be nominated and have my wife, Jayla, be nominated this year as well,” Askvig said.

Winning the crystal apple was very sweet and the importance of the honor was not lost on Askvig.

“It means a great deal. We have so many great teachers at LASD that I look up to and deserve to be nominated. They could all be teachers of the year as well,” Askvig said, “ I’m completely honored to be the one selected out of so many remarkable teachers that work so hard here at Langdon Area Schools.”

Askvig also gives credit to the support staff  and other teachers of LASD for his success as a teacher.

“The support staff is truly awesome and many times not recognized for the work that they do to keep the building running and help us as educators spend more time concentrating on the classroom and students,” Askvig said, “and, of course, the other teachers that have all been great mentors to myself in the school from day one making it a truly enjoyable experience.”

One of the other aspects of teaching is students. For Askvig, the students of LASD have made teaching a very enjoyable and rewarding experience for him.

“Lastly we have a great group of students at LASD. It makes it very easy to be excited coming into work each and every day knowing that we have a great student body,” Askvig said.

The administrative team of Daryl Timian, LAHS Principal, Todd Hetler, LAES Principal and Mark Mindt, Superintendent of LASD, met on two separate occasions to review the positive input on each teacher that received nominations.

“With the nominees brought forth from our teachers, this was not an easy choice,” Mindt said.

After following the criteria of:  participation, teamwork, service, student support, and willingness to accept change, the decision was still very difficult for the administration to make. In the end, Mr. Askvig was selected as the 2015 Teacher of the Year.

“There are other ways to select this very important award that will be reviewed in the future, but we are confident in the professional chosen this year,” Mindt said, “Our district is fortunate to have not only these teachers in our service but many others who could have easily been on the list of nominations.”

Congratulations to Ethen Askvig on being awarded the Langdon Area School District Teacher of the Year award.