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SD Teacher of the Year, from Timber Lake, wins money, technology package

Shown here are, from left: Timber Lake Superintendent Jarod Larson, South Dakota Teacher of the Year LuAnn Lindskov, Dr. Melody Schopp, secretary of education, and Timber Lake High School Principal Julie Marshall, after the Teacher of the Year was announced Thursday in Oacoma. (S.D. Department of Education photo)

PIERRE (AP) — Timber Lake High School math and science teacher LuAnn Lindskov has been named South Dakota’s Teacher of the Year.

A panel of educators from across the state selected Lindskov from among five regional finalists. The announcement was made during a Thursday evening banquet in Oacoma.

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Lindskov, of Isabel, is a member of Black Hills State University’s QuarkNet, a group of South Dakota science teachers who study subatomic physics and connect their students with physicists and students from around the world to collect and share cosmic radiation data. In 2011, she attended a conference about advanced particle physics research at the FermiLab National Laboratory near Chicago.

“She’s connected and therefore keeps her students connected to the community, region, state and country,” state Education Secretary Melody Schopp said in a statement.

Lindskov wins $9,000 in cash and a $7,000 technology package to use in her classroom.

She also is now a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced during a White House ceremony next April.

Other finalists for the state award were: Mindy Foltz of Rosholt, Donna DeKraai of Brookings, Sonya Fossum of Mitchell and Tammy Jo Schlechter of Custer.