Rabenberg Named ESA 5 Regional Teacher of the Year


ESA 5 (Education Service Agency) under the Northwest Area Schools direction of Cris Owens would like to announce that Jason Rabenberg has been chosen Regional Teacher of the Year. Jason teaches fourth grade for the Mobridge-Pollock School District. In his application Jason reflects, “Teaching is not all about books, paper, and pencils, and I feel I take the time to personally know my students in order to have more of a positive/relaxed atmosphere in my classroom. It is my hope that with this style students are more willing to try to learn and discover that learning can be fun.”

The state of South Dakota is divided into six ESA Regions. ESA 5 consists of twenty-one districts from Buffalo to the west and Ipswich to the east. Every district has the opportunity to nominate a teacher for the Regional Teacher of the Year award. A local committee of educators reviewed all of the nominations that were submitted and the winning teacher was chosen on a set of state criteria.

“We are fortunate to have a great teacher like Jason representing our region,” Owens said.

The South Dakota Teacher of the Year (TOY) program is made possible by the National Teacher of the Year program, which is sponsored by the ING Foundation and Target. It is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers, in partnership with the University of Phoenix and People to People Ambassador Programs. The goal of the TOY program is to recognize and honor the tremendous contributions of outstanding classroom teachers. The South Dakota TOY will be announced at the Systems Change Conference in October, and will honor the new South Dakota Teacher of the Year and Regional Teachers of the Year.

“ESA 5 wishes Jason the best in his next stage of the application process for the South Dakota Teacher of the Year,” Owens said.

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