Teacher of the Year

2020 Teacher of the Year Nominees are...

     Ben Olson, a teacher at Sequel Transition Academy and Falls Academy

     Samantha Meirose, elementary music teacher at Hartford Elementary & band instructor at the middle/high school level

     David Tuch, art instructor at the middle and high school level

     Danann Kistler, head librarian for the district

     Ashley Payne, special education teacher in the middle school

Each year WC teachers have been nominated by other staff members, students or parents to become the Teacher of the Year for the district. This year the designated area for teacher nominations is teachers in specialty areas in the district.  This will include art, music, PE, technology integrationist, library, counselor, special education, Title I, or speech teacher. Students, former students, parents, colleagues, administrators, or members of the general public may also nominate teachers. 


The Selection Process

The Teacher of the Year designation will alternate yearly between the following categories of teachers:

          2016-2017      Teacher in a Specialty Area - Grades EC-12  ~  Daniel Eye

          2017-2018      Elementary Teacher Grade K-5  ~  Greg Anderson

          2018-2019      Secondary Teacher Grades 6-12   ~  Nicole Harmon

          2019-2020      Teacher in a Specialty Area - Grades EC-12  ~  TBD


An impartial selection committee comprised of the former teacher of the year, one representative from each area (Elementary, Secondary, and Early Childhood -12 Specialty Teacher), a school board member, an administrator, and the superintendent selects the Teacher of the Year from those nominated through a screening process using specific criteria.


Applications will be due February 12, 2020.  This year’s Teacher of the Year will be announced on February 21st.  We plan to offer the Teacher of the Year gifts from the Hartford/Humboldt communities.  If you would be willing to donate, please contact Michelle Becker @ 528-3217.


The Nomination Process

Nomination forms are available on the school district website (www.westcentral.k12.sd.us) and all West Central school buildings and the Administration Office.  All nominations must be returned, with all supporting materials and documentation, to


West Central Administration Office

Teacher of the Year Selection Committee

PO Box 730, 705 East Second Street

Hartford, SD  57033


We prefer that nominations be typed or reproduced on a computer or word processor, but we will accept (without prejudice) neatly printed applications.  Do not use more space than is permitted by the word limit.  Please provide to the selection committee a thoroughly completed nomination form; incomplete nominations will not be considered after the deadline for nomination filing.  Use specific examples whenever possible in describing the teacher’s contributions.


The Eligibility Requirements for Nominees

  • Teachers who may be nominated for the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year award are teachers in a specialty area.

  • Nominees must be contracted teachers with a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience in the West Central School District, and must be currently teaching in the West Central School District.

  • Additionally, the teacher should possess and demonstrate consistently:

    • The ability to create a love of learning in students of all abilities and backgrounds.

    • High expectations for all students.

    • A strong sense of values, integrity and professional ethics.

    • The ability to learn and experiment with new ideas in order to expand their professional knowledge base.

    • Strong human relations/strong cooperative skills with students, parents, colleagues, administration, and the West Central communities.

    • Knowledge of subject and curriculum content, of student growth and development, or instruction and assessment.

    • Clear understanding of their beliefs and practices.

    • Strong communication skills.

    • Energy, enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and dependability.

    • Commitment to community service.


West Central School District 49-7

705 East 2nd Street

Hartford, SD 57033