Teachers of the Year Announced


BISMARCK, ND – Lignite Energy Council and the Bismarck Lights have selected two teachers – one from Bismarck, one from Mandan – who light up their classrooms!

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.

2018 Lignite Energy Council Bismarck Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Tana Banker, Highland Acres Elementary

Mrs. Tana Banker was honored as the 2018 Lignite Energy Council Bismarck Teacher of Year after being nominated by her 2nd grade student, Zoha.

Zoha described Mrs. Banker as supportive, fun and kind.

“I feel that because of Mrs. Banker not only have I learned a lot, but I have also become a better person and citizen,” Zoha said. To hear all of Zoha’s essay and Mrs. Banker’s response click here.

Mrs. Tana Banker will also be recognized during the Bismarck Educators Day at the ballpark on Thursday, May 31st.

2018 Lignite Energy Council MandanTeacher of the Year

Mr. Scott Streifel, Red Trail Elementary School  

Mr. Scott Streifel was honored as the 2018 Lignite Energy Mandan Teacher of the Year. He was nominated by three separate students.

“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.”

“The girls didn’t tell me anything,” Streifel said of the nomination. “I was completely surprised. That makes a great year.”

Mr. Scott Streifel will also be recognized during the Mandan Educators Day at the ballpark on Wednesday, May 30th.

The Lignite Energy Council Teachers of the Year will receive:

  • 4 Larks tailgate tickets ($120 value with food and drink included)
  • On-field recognition
  • Opportunity to throw out the first pitch
  • A Larks jersey
  • $100 gift card for school supplies

Every teacher that attends the Education Days at the ballpark will receive a custom Larks teacher tote filled with school supplies for their classroom.