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Educator recognized for making her mark

Special congratulations go out to Cheney Middle School language arts instructor Andrea Noonan who was recognized after we went to press a week ago as North Dakota's 2013 Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made during a ceremony at CMS that was attended by administrators, educators, representatives from the state's education associations, and students, as well as Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Superintendent of Public Instruction Wayne Sanstead.

As a precursor to the statewide honor, Noonan was named the 2012-2013 West Fargo School District Teacher of the Year and has served as a mentor for new teachers.

Noonan first joined the staff at Cheney Middle School in 2006 teaching seventh and eighth grade English language arts, and eighth grade English language arts during summer school. She participated in a tech camp this past summer where she presented for new and experienced teachers in the Fargo/Moorhead area and was selected to represent all WFPS eighth grade teachers to research Common Core State Standards and create and implement common assessments within the English language arts curriculum.

She is a member of the National Council for Teachers of English and was chosen to present West Fargo Public School's Common Core State Standards curriculum work at its national convention this November.

The teacher of the year program serves to honor and recognize the contributions of America's classroom teachers and there is no doubt that Noonan is highly deserving of the recent accolade as it focuses public attention on excellence in teaching.

As Sanstead so aptly stated at the special ceremony honoring Noonan, "Competent and caring teachers make the real difference when it comes to educating our youth and preparing them for the future. Andrea is a great example of our teachers who are making a difference in North Dakota's schools."