BHSU inspires alumna in the classroom, earning Rapid City Educator of the Year Award

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, March 17, 2015/Categories: 2015








            Black Hills State University alumna, Bjorg Remmers-Seymour was named Rapid City Educator of the Year by the Rapid City Public School Foundation. Remmers-Seymour teaches eighth grade math at East Middle School in Rapid City. She was recognized recently during a special ceremony at East Middle School. Pictured, from left, are: Diane Wilson, Rapid City Public School Foundation board member Bjorg Remmers-Seymour, BHSU alumna and eighth grade math teacher at East Middle School Stan Evans, East Middle School Principal and Karen Mortimer, RCPSF Board President. Remmers-Seymour now is eligible for the Region 7 Teacher of the Year award.





Black Hills State University alumna Bjorg Remmers-Seymour attributes her successful and fulfilling teaching career to professors who inspired her. Now, Remmers-Seymour looks forward to going to school each day to inspire her students.  

Remmers-Seymour&rsquos hard work, passion and dedication to students earned her the Rapid City Educator of the Year Award by the Rapid City Public Schools Foundation. Remmers-Seymour teaches eighth grade math at East Middle School in Rapid City. She was surprised at a special awards ceremony at the school recently. The honor recognizes teachers who make an outstanding contribution to the students of Rapid City Area Schools. Remmers-Seymour received a $1,000 cash prize and she will be eligible for consideration for the Region 7 Teacher of the Year Award. Remmers-Seymour will be recognized for her achievement at the Rapid City Area Schools Evening of Excellence on April 13.  

"It was mind-blowing," said Remmers-Seymour of the award. "It means the world to me. I worked very hard to become the teacher I am today. It&rsquos rewarding to me knowing I must be doing something right."

Remmers-Seymour is in her 13th year of teaching. After earning her degree at BHSU, she taught seventh-grade math in Hot Springs for two years. From there she spent a year teaching at the South Dakota Department of Corrections before beginning a career with the Rapid City School District. Remmers-Seymour taught elementary, middle school and high school math courses in the Rapid City school district before starting at East Middle School this year.

"I love working with the kids," Remmers-Seymour said. "They are the reason I come to work each day. When they&rsquore here at 7:20 a.m. and don&rsquot leave until 5 p.m., that&rsquos cool. There is that desire to learn and that is exciting for me."

Remmers-Seymour often works 12-hour days, coming in early and staying late to help students with math assignments. She even works through her lunch break, giving whatever it takes to helps students understand a lesson. Once she leaves the classroom, she spends extra time at home planning lessons and grading papers.

Remmers-Seymour&rsquos dedication to helping students excel beyond class time is a character trait she said came from her BHSU professors.

"Dr. John Alsup really opened my eyes to what helping students was all about," Remmers-Seymour said. "He taught me how selfless teaching really is. I remember his commitment to us. He would do anything for his students."

Remmers-Seymour said former BHSU professor Larry Hines was the first educator to introduce her to middle school mathematics.

"He opened my eyes to what was really possible in mathematics," she said. "He showed me the classroom didn&rsquot have to be just procedures and rules students follow. That was a pivotal moment for me."

She also recalls valuable advice from Professor Emeritus Dr. Carol Hess, which she uses daily in her classroom.

"Dr. Hess taught me to persevere," Remmers-Seymour said. "She taught me there is no perfect lesson. Just strive for excellence. That advice still drives me throughout my career."

As Remmers-Seymour continues to educate young minds, she said that she hopes to one day return to school herself and earn an advanced degree to teach at the university level and impact future teachers the way BHSU professors impacted her.

She added that "variety is the spice of life," and her experience educating students through the SDDOC and at grade levels from elementary to senior math, would benefit university students.

"I feel that I have something to offer other teachers," she said. "I have a unique perspective and would love to get into the university system.

"It&rsquos something to pursue. I have a son who is a senior at home, and we have the conversation often that both of us might just end up going to college."

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