The Langdon Area School District(LASD) held their teacher appreciation dinner recently and announced the winner for 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year.
By Melissa Anderson
This year’s winner is Langdon Area Elementary School first grade teacher Diane Hanson.
Teachers are nominated for the award by their fellow teachers and once they have been nominated, the administrators chose the teacher of the year with the help of a rubric.
The rubric has eight areas:
• Makes major contributions as a classroom teacher.
• Demonstrates the ability to inspire students.
• Demonstrates the ability to learn.
• Has earned respect from major stakeholders.
• Takes an active and useful leadership role in the community and school.
• Is poised and articulate.
• Has the energy and composure to handle a busy schedule.
• Has a background of self-advancement through professional development.
“The staff did a great job nominating highly qualified teachers, so it was a very difficult decision,” LAES Principal Todd Hetler said, ”All of the nominated teachers would have been a great choice, but Mrs. Hanson’s years of dedicated service to the children and families of this community was a strong consideration. She is also willing to continue to grow in her teaching practice.”
Hanson has worked at LAES for the past 21 years. She was a paraprofessional for some of those years before she began teaching for the past 11 year as a teacher.
“I taught kindergarten for two of those years, and the rest of the time I have spent in 1st grade,” Hanson said.
Hetler believes that LAES has a nice mix of teachers from those with a wealth of experience to the teachers that are relatively new to the profession.
“It creates a positive experience for our students. The nominees reflected this dynamic,” Hetler stated.
For Hanson, with her 21 year of educational experience, being nominated by her peers was very humbling.
“We have so many great teachers at LASD ,and I was very honored to be nominated and chosen as Teacher of the Year,” Hanson said.
When Hanson heard her name called for teacher of the year, Hetler recalled, “She was pretty surprised that she won. It was fun to see the authentic emotion she displayed when she found out.”
Hanson concurred stating that her first reaction was “no way”.
“I was very shocked that my name was called. All of the nominees that were selected by their peers deserve the award as well,” Hanson added.
Congratulations to Diane Hanson on her first time being nominated and being awarded the LASD Teacher of the Year.