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North Dakota seeking Teacher of the Year nominations

Kirsten Baesler's goal this year is to get nominees from all 53 counties in the state.

Kirsten Baesler
Kirsten Baesler
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BISMARCK — North Dakota's superintendent of K-12 education is encouraging the state's residents to nominate candidates for Teacher of the Year.

In a release sent to the media Friday, the Teacher of the Year Award is called "the most prestigious honors program to focus public attention on teaching excellence."

According to the release, anyone may nominate a teacher for consideration by completing a short form on the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s website, Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said. The form takes less than five minutes to complete. Nominations are being taken until Feb. 13.

“Our teachers provide excellent education to their students, particularly during this time of COVID-19 pandemic issues,” Baesler said. “This is a great way for North Dakotans to honor teachers who are doing heroic work to prepare students for their future.”

The release notes that the awards program has two stages. First, Teacher of the Year nominees will be sorted by county. A panel will review the nominations, and the NDDPI will announce 2022 County Teacher of the Year honorees this spring.


In 2021, 40 of the state's 53 counties had nominations. This year, Baesler's goal is to get nominees from all 53 counties.

In the second stage, 2022 County Teacher of the Year winners will be invited to apply to be considered for North Dakota’s 2023 Teacher of the Year Award. Applications are reviewed by an eight-member committee of education representatives, whose membership is detailed in state law. The law requires the superintendent of public instruction and the governor to announce the winner by Sept. 30 .

“If you know an outstanding teacher, if you believe your child’s teacher does a fantastic job, please put their name forward,” Baesler said. “This is a way to honor teachers, support education, and elevate the importance of teaching as a profession.”

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