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Someone You Should Know: 2019 Teacher of the Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Teaching can be a rewarding job, but those who do it aren’t always acknowledged for their hard work. One Lincoln High School teacher finally got the recognition her students say she deserves. Lynn Thomason has taught Latin at Lincoln High School for 12 years. “Teaching and being able to look out at such a wonderful sea of…

Beloved Sioux Falls Teacher Retires After 50 Years

St. Mary’s beloved “Miss Mac” (aka Jan McEntee) will spend her last day in the classroom on Thursday, May 17th, after teaching at the school for the past 50 years. Just out of college, she had a job interview at the school. “I made God a deal – if He got me this job, I told him I would give Him…

Full Story: Iowa Teacher Facing 140 Counts Of Inappropriate Conduct

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – An Iowa elementary teacher is facing 140 counts of inappropriate conduct with students. Police first arrested 35-year-old Curtis Van Dam at the end of October on two counts; lascivious conduct with minor and lascivious acts with a child. Now, Sioux Center Police are discovering similar incidents may have happened before. With allegations dating back to August…

Several New Alleged Victims Come Forward in Sioux Center Teacher Investigation

Police arrested Curtis Van Dam for lascivious conduct with a minor and lascivious acts with a child on Monday, right before his 36th birthday. Now, more alleged victims are breaking their silence. “Emotions are high, from embarrassment to sadness to resentment to anger. we need to stay calm and let justice and the system do what it’s supposed to do,”…

Sioux Falls School District Hiring: Needs Hundreds Of Substitute Teachers For Upcoming Year

The Sioux Falls School District is hiring. The district says each year they need around 600 substitute teachers, and so far, they have around half that number for the upcoming school year. “It seems like we always need more,” said Sioux Falls School District Human Resources Director Becky Dorman. During the school year, the Sioux Falls School District says they…

Authorities: Tennessee Student, Teacher Found In California

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a 15-year-old Tennessee girl who disappeared with her teacher last month has been found safe in California and the teacher has been arrested. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted Thursday that teacher Tad Cummins had been taken into custody. The agency said it would provide more details in a press conference later. Elizabeth Thomas…

Former Iowa Teacher Pleads Guilty To 2 Sex-With-Student Counts

IDA GROVE, Iowa (AP) – A former substitute teacher and coach has pleaded guilty to having sexual relationships with students at two northwest Iowa high schools. Online court records say 33-year-old John Tietsort, of Battle Creek, entered the pleas Monday in Ida County District Court to two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. His sentencing is scheduled for…

Fourth-grade teacher in Mitchell awarded $25,000 Milken Educator Award

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Each year a national education foundation awards teachers for their work in and out of the classroom. This Wednesday morning a Mitchell elementary school teacher got the surprise of a lifetime when she found out she won. It was an all school assembly secretly planned in her honor. Amanda Christensen is a fourth-grade teacher at Longfellow…

CenturyLink Accepting Applications For Teacher Technology Grants

School may be out for a few more days, but CenturyLink is already gearing up to help teachers in the classroom. The company is taking applications for technology grants that could help teachers buy some new equipment for their students. Rachel Woodman, market development manager with CenturyLink, says this is a nationwide grant initiative with the goal of giving away…