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USD School of Education Sponsors 'Hood Magazine's Teacher of the Year

Image Teacher of the Year ‘Hood Magazine publisher Steff Liston-Holtrop, Karen Kindle of USD, Teacher of the Year Pam Holloway, Mark Baron of USD and Karson Olson (front), the student who nominated Holloway.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A teacher from Hartford Elementary School just west of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was named ‘Hood Magazine’s Teacher of the Year in a contest sponsored by the University of South Dakota School of Education.

Pam Holloway teaches first grade in the West Central School District. The student who nominated her, Karson Olson, joined her in the KSFY-TV studio Wednesday for the announcement on the ABC station’s morning show. More than 60 students nominated their teachers for this year’s award.

Karen Kindle, assistant professor, and Mark Baron, associate dean, in the School of Education presented Holloway with a plaque during the live broadcast. A feature story on Holloway is in the current edition of 'Hood Magazine.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


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 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 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.


Hanna DeLange
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