Katie Anderson, South Dakota Teacher of the Year, had surprise guests in her East Middle School 8th grade science class yesterday. “Sting” the Black Hills State University mascot and Tom Wheaton, director of Alumni Relations, showed up to present Anderson, a BHSU alumna, with a congratulations gift for her achievement.  

Anderson, who graduated from BHSU in 2010 with a master’s in curriculum and instruction with a science specialist endorsement, found out she was selected S.D. Teacher of the Year earlier this month.

As recipient of the honor, Anderson received the use of a new car for one year, a technology package valued at more than $11,000 to use in her classroom, cash awards and more. Prize packages are paid for by private businesses and organizations.

Anderson will now represent South Dakota as a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award which will be announced in April in Washington, D.C. The National Teacher of the Year Program began 1952 and is the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching.