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Christensen, former Milken Award winner, to leave Mitchell district at end of year

When the school year ends, so will Amanda Christensen's tenure with the Mitchell School District. The Longfellow Elementary fourth-grade teacher's resignation was accepted by the Mitchell School Board this week and will take effect at the end of ...

Longfellow Elementary fourth-grade teacher Amanda Christensen receives a group hug from her students after being named the Milken Educator Award in January 2017. (Republic file photo)
Longfellow Elementary fourth-grade teacher Amanda Christensen receives a group hug from her students after being named the Milken Educator Award in January 2017. (Republic file photo)

When the school year ends, so will Amanda Christensen's tenure with the Mitchell School District.

The Longfellow Elementary fourth-grade teacher's resignation was accepted by the Mitchell School Board this week and will take effect at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

Christensen was awarded the $25,000 Milken Educator Award in 2017, an award which honors a handful of teachers across the country for their commitment to success in education. Christensen said the award changed her life.

And her life will change again this summer when she parts with the district.

Christensen will move with her husband, Marcus, to Williston, North Dakota, where he has lined up a job. Christensen said she hopes to "gain some experience" in administration, as she will complete her principal licensure this summer.

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But, for now, she is cherishing her final months in Mitchell.

"Leaving the district was an incredibly difficult decision, but as I mentioned (at Monday's school board meeting), my husband was recruited by a company and offered a wonderful opportunity," Christensen said. "Just as he's supported me in my endeavors, I will support him now. ... Mitchell is such a fabulous district to work in."

An area native, Christensen graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2007, and then obtained a bachelor's degree in 2011 from Augustana University. In 2014, she received her master's degree from Augustana.

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