BHSU students surprise local teachers in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Kathy Christensen (left) received a surprise visit from her former student Sara Frasier (right), BHSU elementary education major from Spearfish, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Frasier thanked Christensen for inspiring her to become a teacher.






           In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Benjamin Steever (right), BHSU education major from Hill City, surprised his elementary teacher Larry Williamson (left) with a classroom visit to thank Williamson for inspiring him to become a teacher.






           Kylie Steever (left), BHSU special education major from Hill City, visited her high school math teacher Rick Hamilton (right) to thank him for inspiring her to become a teacher in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.



Education students from Black Hills State University are making Teacher Appreciation Week extra-special for local teachers.

Several BHSU students surprised their former elementary and secondary education teachers with a personal visit thanking them for inspiring their journey to become teachers themselves.

Dr. Pat Simpson, dean of the college of education at BHSU, says education students often talk about being molded and inspired by their past teachers.

"The most meaningful honor teachers can receive is to hear the impact their teaching made on their students&rsquo lives," said Simpson. "It&rsquos a wonderful reminder of how rewarding teaching is."

Kylie Steever, special education major from Hill City, surprised and thanked her math teacher from Hill City High School, Rick Hamilton, for showing her how an educator can meet the needs of students with different levels and abilities.

"Mr. Hamilton teaches advanced math. He&rsquos teaching high level skills to students with various ability levels in the same classroom. He really showed me how to cater to all those levels," said Steever. "He&rsquos been such an encouragement to me now becoming a teacher."

Sara Frasier, elementary education major from Spearfish, surprised her fourth grade teacher from Creekside Elementary, Kathy Christensen, BHSU Class of &rsquo73 and &rsquo02, thanking her for her creative teaching methods and caring attention.

"My memories of Mrs. Christensen remind me that teaching isn&rsquot just about instruction. She helped me through a difficult circumstance and took extra time to show that she cared," said Frasier. "And her candy bar math unit was one of my favorites."

Benjamin Steever, education major from Hill City, surprised his elementary educator Larry Williamson, BHSU Class of &rsquo75. Steever says Williamson&rsquos positivity helps students feel special, no matter the struggles they tackle in the classroom.

"It&rsquos a great honor to be a student of Mr. Williamson&rsquos. He&rsquos one of those teachers in school who all the kids want to sit by and be around," said Steever. "He took the time to make students feel special and unique in our abilities."

Watch a video of the surprise visits at

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