August 3, 2022

Four finalists named for North Dakota’s 2023 Teacher of the Year

BISMARCK, ND (Valley News Live) – Teachers from Grand Forks, Hunter, Linton and Bismarck are finalists for North Dakota’s 2023 Teacher of the Year award.

  • Ivona Todorovic, of Grand Forks, English teacher at Grand Forks Red River High School who teaches students who are not native English speakers;
  • Megan Margerum, of Hunter, third grade English and language arts teacher at Northern Cass Public School at Hunter, in rural Cass County;
  • Abby DuBord, of Bismarck, first grade teacher at Bismarck’s elementary centenary who is moving to the new building Elk Ridge Elementary School School in northwest Bismarck this fall, and
  • Megan Wald, of Kintyre, business trainer at Linton High School and assistant professor of business for the North Dakota Center for Distance Education in Fargo.

Public School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler will visit each finalist’s school to celebrate their achievement. The 2023 Teacher of the Year winner will receive a grand $15,000 to be used to promote the teaching profession.

“They have taken on some of the toughest educational challenges in our state’s history in recent years, and they have done so with confidence and style. These four finalists are examples of excellence in their profession, and all of Dakota du Nord should be proud of them,” Baesler said.

DuBord, Margerum, Todorovic and Wald were chosen from a pool of 48 North Dakota County Teachers of the Year. They were interviewed by an eight-member panel that included representatives from school administrators, teachers, school boards, nonpublic schools, the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Career and Technical Education, and a teacher of the year.

Baesler and Gov. Doug Burgum will unveil North Dakota’s 2023 Teacher of the Year in September.

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