North Dakota

Virginia (Ginger) Deitz
Madison Elementary School
1040 29th Street North
Fargo, ND 58102

Elementary, 3–4

Click on the questions to hear Virginia (Ginger) Deitz's interview at the State Teacher of the Year conference. You must have a Real Player to listen to the interview. If you do not have a Real Player, click on the Real Player graphic:

1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

What is the one tip or suggestion that you wish someone had given to you prior to your first year of teaching?


Virginia (Ginger) Deitz, 2001
State Teacher of the Year, North Dakota
Ginger Deitz, North Dakota's Teacher of the Year for 2001, is in her 29th year of teaching. She enjoys teaching her third and fourth grade multi-aged classroom and facilitating workshops that she has developed as an instructor for the Departmentof Continuing Education through North Dakota State University. She is a graduate of Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota, with a double major in Elementary and Special Education, and her Masters in Reading, with a concentration in the area of Learning Disabilities. She started SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) in 1996, began training at the University of Wisconsin to become a facilitator for CALLA (Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach) and CGI (Cognitively Guided Instruction) in her district in 1998. She also was instrumental in developing and supporting Literacy of the H.E.A.R.T.(Having Everyone Actively Reading Together), which is a program to improve reading skills of refugee families in her community.  

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