Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Ellen Thompson honored The Sauk Centre High School Auditorium Thursday, Feb. 28, was filled with students that had just finished a Snow Days Talent Show, when principal Cory Larson announced that diversiCOM had a special announcement. Students cheered as Ellen Thompson, their high school agriculture teacher was presented the 2008 diversiCOM Teacher of the Year award by Dean Mohs, Chief Operating Officer at diversiCOM. Several years ago diversiCOM extended their scholarship program to include a diversiCOM Teacher of the Year award. The diversiCOM Teacher of the Year award is presented to a teacher employed by a school within the diversiCOM service area. The winning teacher receives a trophy that recognizes their commitment to excellence in education, and a $2000 cash prize to use as they choose. diversiCOM seeks nominations through a variety of media ways. Nominee information is reviewed by a Selection Committee, that changes yearly and generally consists of various school administrators and customers. The nominees are scored on criteria such as individual teaching style, creativity in encouraging student achievement, consistent support of students' growth, and community involvement. The 2008 diversiCOM Teacher of the Year winner, Ellen Thompson, is described as simply everyone's favorite. Her commitment, strong work ethic, positive attitude and endless enthusiasm for every aspect of agriculture is obvious in her classroom and her everyday life. Her relationship with the students and their parents is not only outstanding, but of utmost importance to her. Thompson is dedicated to be the best professional she can be. Ellen is the Read Across America District coordinator and also serves on the MN State Agriculture Teachers Association Board. She understands that a relationship between school and community is a way of promoting a successful department.