South Dakota's Newest Teacher of the Year


Congratulations to Erica Boomsma, named the 2019 South Dakota Teacher of the Year! The announcement took place at the banquet during the Systems Change Conference on October 18, 2018.

Boomsma is a 4th grade teacher in the Huron School District. She is a leader in her school and district, serving as a resource to colleagues seeking guidance on effective instructional strategies for English learners. In recent years, Boomsma has led the development of a highly successful literacy program focused on building fluency and comprehension. As part of this program, students have created a “virtual library,” recording themselves reading books aloud. These audiobooks are then made available for all classrooms in the district.

As recipient of the honor, Boomsma receives prizes including a $5,000 cash award from the West River Foundation and a $1,000 honorarium from the South Dakota Board of Regents to present a series of professional development seminars to aspiring teachers. Prize packages are made possible through the generosity of private businesses and organizations, including Smart Technologies, the South Dakota Retailers Association and the South Dakota Education Association.

Boomsma will represent South Dakota as a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award. The National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The 2019 National Teacher of the Year will be announced during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in the spring.