Alumna Named Sioux Falls 2018 Teacher of the Year

Kiim Dobson, 2018 teacher of the year for the Sioux Falls School District

Photo Credit: Sioux Falls School District.

Augustana alumna Kimberly (Becker) Dobson '90, a Structured Teach Program teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School in Sioux Falls, was named the 2018 Dr. John W. Harris Teacher of the Year. Dobson has been a teacher with the Sioux Falls School District for 26 years and has been teaching at Horace Mann for four years. In recognition of the honor, Dobson received a check for $4,000 from Vern Eide Motorcars, co-sponsor the annual Teacher of the Year award. 

The Sioux Falls School District outlines the following as criteria for selection of the Teacher of the Year:

  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Effectiveness in meeting students' needs
  • Impact on student achievement
  • Effectiveness of home-school cooperation
  • Community involvement to promote school-community relations

According to the Sioux Falls School District, colleagues submitted letters of nomination for Dobson: “(She) is a master teacher who has the unique ability to be a mentor and mom to other teachers and EAs. She exudes passion, fortitude and integrity in all situations. She has truly been an inspiration for me in my teaching career, and her dedication, professionalism, work ethic and service, demonstrated consistently through each role she’s held, are remarkable. If there is an academic topic, Kim knows at least three ways to teach it so the student gets it. Kim is an educator who exhibits a joy of teaching with a distinct passion for learning. She passes the benefits of this on to the next generation every minute, every hour of every day.”

Read the full story from the Sioux Falls School District.