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Jordahl named WFPS Teacher of the Year

Sue Jordahl (right) hugs Superintendent David Flowers last Wednesday, after a special ceremony at Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center naming her West Fargo Public School Teacher of the Year for 2011-12. Jordahl is a band and choir instructor at Sheyenne. Tyler Shoberg/West Fargo Pioneer

Her expression said it all: she was in stunned disbelief.

Last Wednesday, in a packed Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center lunch room filled to the brim with students and staff, Sue Jordahl was named West Fargo Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2011-12.

"Sometimes students don't know the whole picture," Assistant Superintendent Louise Dardis said, as she introduced Jordahl to the crowd. "Other teachers recognize excellence when they see it, and they see excellence in Mrs. Jordahl."

Jordahl has been an integral part of the district since 1985. Besides her primary role as the band and choir instructor at Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center, she also has helped out in other areas, such as the West Fargo High School musical, playing keyboard at Trollwood, and chairing the West Fargo High School Fine Arts program.

According to other teachers, Jordahl is "full of energy," "brings out the best in students," and "does what it takes for students to succeed."

Jordahl, 52, grew up and graduated from high school in Sebeka, Minn. She later attended North Dakota State University and graduated with a degree in music and a teaching certificate.

She began her teaching career in 1980 in Hendrum (Minn.) Public Schools, which later became Norman County West. In 1985, Jordahl joined became at music teacher at Eastwood Elementary School.

Her career in the district has taken her to four elementary schools, West Fargo High School and finally to Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center for the past four years.

According to the ballot for Teacher of the Year completed by her colleagues, "Mrs. Jordahl has been, and continues to be, an important part of our district. Her enthusiasm for education, her love of learning, and her passion for success for those around her make her well deserving of this honor."

The School Board will recognize Jordahl and her many years of accomplishments in the district during an upcoming school board meeting.

"It is totally humbling and unexpected," Jordahl said, as she addressed the crowd Wednesday. "Everyone, fellow teachers, students, you're awesome: you are all awesome."