Do you know a teacher who lights up the classroom?
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Earlier this year, we asked students in the Bismarck and Mandan area to submit a 250-word essay describing a teacher who has made a positive impact on their life and deserves to be recognized as the Lignite Energy Council Teacher of the Year. After receiving more than 50 stand-out nominations from local K-12 students, we narrowed it down to two OUTSTANDING teachers.
The winning teachers were selected based on their dedication, commitment and impact on today’s youth.
“I am completely shocked, I had no idea,” said Tana Banker, holding back tears.
It was an unexpected surprise at a school wide assembly for Tana Banker, a second-grade teacher at Highland Acres Elementary in Bismarck.
Earlier this year, Bismarck students were tasked with writing a 250-word essay on teachers that “Light up the classroom.” Teachers were evaluated on dedication, commitment and the lasting impact they leave on today’s youth. Out of dozens of entries, Banker was named Lignite Energy’s Bismarck Teacher of the Year Bismarck.
It was Zoha, one of Banker’s students that wrote the winning essay. “She has been teaching for about 28 years,” Zoha told us. “She is very good at teaching and taught us how to subtract big numbers. She makes reading fun and taught us never to be mean. She has taught me to be a better human being.”
“She is the sweetest little girl,” Banker said when she learned Zoha wrote the winning letter. “She has the nicest things to say. I am just honored she would say those things about me. These kids are with us for the majority of the day, they become our kids, they become part of me.”
To read all of Zoha’s essay click here.
The Larks and Lignite Energy Council recognized Mrs. Tana Banker at the Bismarck Educators Day at the ballpark on May 31st.
2018 Lignite Energy Council
Mandan Teacher of the Year
Mr. Scott Streifel
Red Trail Elementary
The Red Trail Elementary teacher was nominated by three separate students for Lignite Energy’s Mandan Teacher of the Year award. And, it’s no surprise he won.
Streifel’s classroom tackled the teacher with a group hug when they learned he was the winner of the award in a school-wide assembly.
“He is nice, he makes everyone’s day and he truly deserves it,” said the students that nominated him. “He’s the best teacher I have ever had.”
“Mr. Streifel is the kind of person that could light up the room for a whole year,” said another student of her teacher.
Streifel was very humble when we asked him about the win. “The girls didn’t tell me anything,” Streifel said of the nomination. “I was completely surprised. That makes a great year.”
Earlier this year, we asked students in the Mandan area to submit a 250-word essay describing a teacher who has made a positive impact on their life and deserves to be recognized as the Lignite Energy Council Teacher of the Year. More than 50 students submitted applications.
The Larks and Lignite Energy Council recognized Mr. Scott Streifel at the Mandan Educators Day at the ballpark on May 30th.
Be sure to check back next year to find out how you can nominate your teacher!