Killdeer student teacher honored by state group

Killdeer School student teacher Allison Steffan is one of two Dickinson State University students to be honored by the North Dakota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Steffan and Abby Larshus of Bismarck were selected by the association for the Outstanding Student in Teacher Education Award.

Steffan is a senior and elementary education major at Dickinson State studying at the Dickinson campus. This past school year, Steffan has been student teaching in Darla Hoffmann’s grade-school class.

Abby Larshus is also an elementary education major, but she attends the Dickinson State Bismarck office.

Each year the association awards qualifying students from each of the state’s teacher preparation programs. The award recognizes students who demonstrate the potential to become successful teachers through their actions and behaviors. Each recipient must exhibit certain personal qualities, such as leadership, dedication, and integrity.

Faculty and university supervisors nominate students and collaborate to choose winners based on these criteria.

They will receive their awards today during the association’s spring conference in Minot.

“I am deeply honored to accept this award on behalf of Dickinson State University,” said Steffan. “I feel privileged to be selected amongst my peers who have all been an inspiration and support system throughout our time together.”

Steffan added that she is grateful for the experiences and support at Dickinson State.

“The teachers at DSU have pushed me to become the best student I can be in the Teacher Education Program. Because of them, I am ready to start my teaching career in order to inspire many students to become lifelong learners, and I am so excited about my future and the journey that lies ahead. I cannot thank my teachers and peers at DSU enough for everything they’ve done to prepare me to be a future highly effective elementary teacher.”

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