ND (Dale Wetzel) –
State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday announced that
Jamestown teacher Heather Tomlin-Rohr had been chosen as a finalist
for the 2018 North Dakota Teacher of the Year Award.
teaches kindergarten at Louis L’Amour Elementary School in
Jamestown. She is a native of Jamestown and alumna of the University
of Jamestown, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary
education in the spring of 2002. She began teaching kindergarten at
Louis L’Amour that fall.
visited Louis L’Amour on Monday to inform Tomlin-Rohr that she had
been selected as one of five finalists for the 2018 award. The
superintendent is visiting each finalist in his or her classroom to
call attention to their achievement and to celebrate teaching
excellence in North Dakota’s public schools. Baesler and Gov. Doug
Burgum will honor the person chosen as Teacher of the Year on Sept.
said that as a child and young adult, her grandmother, who was
herself a teacher, had influenced her to consider going into the
profession. Her grandmother’s stories of her days in the classroom
“was very much like listening to someone read an episode of Little
House on the Prairie,” Tomlin-Rohr said.
called public education “one of the most noble institutions in
America” and said her philosophy of education was to focus on each
student and help each one to realize his or her potential.
every day I spend in the classroom, I find myself reaffirming the
fact that every student I serve deserves the very best that I can
offer,” she said.
was also a Teacher of the Year finalist in 2016, when the honor was
won by Amy Neal, a kindergarten teacher at Lewis & Clark
Elementary School in Minot. Last year’s winner was Nancy Dauwen, a
mathematics teacher at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo.
Lech, Jamestown’s superintendent of schools, said Tomlin-Rohr is
“respected across the district for her commitment to the
to her commitment, each child in her classroom is loved and provided
every opportunity to achieve at his or her maximum capacity,” Lech