South Dakota

Marilyn R. Herz
West Middle School
1003 Soo San Drive
Rapid City, SD 57702

Language Arts, 6

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

Tell us about a funny moment in your classroom that had meaning for you.


Marilyn R. Herz, 2001
State Teacher of the Year, South Dakota
Until five years ago, my career had been spent in elementary classrooms, particularly third grade. Then, I challenged myself to move to sixth grade language arts at West Middle School, and it, too, has been a wonderful adventure. An eastern Montana native, my teaching experience in Missouri, Wisconsin, and South Dakota includes six years in Lutheran Christian education and seventeen in the public schools, with several years off in between to raise my three children. I see my profession, not as a "day job," but as a lifestyle that requires constant alertness for a better way to instruct and a more efficient use of time. Above all, it means that my students have to know that I care about them as individuals, not only heads to fill with knowledge. That caring and commitment is the heart and soul of my teaching philosophy...  

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