USD professor named SDWLA Teacher of the Year

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Teresa Piper, a Spanish professor at the University of South Dakota, has been selected as the South Dakota World Languages Teacher of the Year.

The South Dakota World Languages Association (SDWLA) is an organization created to promote the study of world languages and to sustain professional development of language teachers at all levels of public and private education within the state of South Dakota. Each year, the SDWLA chooses a meritorious individual to commend for their language teaching accomplishments.

Piper, a native of Mexico City, Mexico, was recognized for her enthusiasm and effectiveness in teaching, her efforts in curricular reform, and the development of a Spanish tutor program at USD. In addition, she has exhibited commitment to diversity through the promotion of Mexican folkloric dance. Piper, who joined the USD faculty in 2002, has a B.A. in Spanish from Northeast Missouri State University and an M.A. in Latin American Literature from Eastern Michigan University.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 198 undergraduate and 79 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hailie Warren
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