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Dalrymple, Sanstead Name Noonan 2013 North Dakota Teacher of the Year

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple and State Superintendent Wayne Sanstead today named Andrea Noonan, an English language arts teacher at Cheney Middle School (CMS) in West Fargo, North Dakota’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during a ceremony at CMS that was attended by administrators, educators, representatives from the state’s education associations, and students. Dalrymple and Sanstead were joined by West Fargo Public Schools (WFPS) Superintendent David Flowers and CMS Principal Don Lennon.

Noonan was selected from a pool of four finalists that included Linda Hope, a science teacher at Langdon High School; Phyllis Kadrmas, an English teacher at Devils Lake High School; and Scott Johnson, a chemistry and anatomy teacher at Century High School in Bismarck.

“North Dakota has one of the best educational systems in the country and that is due in large part to the great work that is going on in classrooms across our state,” Dalrymple said. “Andrea exemplifies North Dakota’s outstanding teachers who are dedicated to education excellence and to helping our young people achieve their full potential.”

“Competent and caring teachers make the real difference when it comes to educating our youth and preparing them for the future,” Sanstead said. “Andrea is a great example of our teachers who are making a difference in North Dakota’s schools.”

Noonan has been teaching at CMS since 2006 and teaches seventh and eighth grade English language arts. She also teaches eighth grade English language arts during summer school. She is a member of the National Council for Teachers of English and was chosen to present WFPS’s Common Core State Standards curriculum work at its national convention this November.

She participated in a tech camp this past summer where she presented for new and experienced teachers in the Fargo/Moorhead area and was selected to represent all WFPS eighth grade teachers to research Common Core State Standards and create and implement common assessments within the English language arts curriculum. Noonan was named the 2012-2013 West Fargo School District Teacher of the Year and has served as a mentor for new teachers.

The Teacher of the Year program recognizes and honors the contributions of America’s classroom teachers. The program is the oldest and most prestigious commendation to focus public attention on excellence in teaching. The state’s Teacher of the Year program is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction in conjunction with the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Nominations for Teacher of the Year must come from a teacher, school administrator, school district trustee, local education association, student or parent, and are reviewed by an eight-member selection panel. Noonan will now advance to the national Teacher of the Year program.


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