An English teacher from Grand Forks Red River High School is among four finalists for North Dakota’s 2023 Teacher of the Year award.

Ivona Todorovic teaches students whose first language is not English. In April, she was named Grand Forks County Teacher of the Year.

The other state finalists are Abby Dubord, a first-grade teacher at Bismarck… Megan Margerum, Third Grade English and Language Arts Teacher at Northern Cass School…and Megan Wald, Commerce Trainer at Linton High School, and Assistant Professor of Commerce for the State Distance Learning Center in Fargo.

State Superintendent Kirtsen Baesler will visit each finalist’s school to celebrate their achievement.

Each finalist will be interviewed by a panel of eight members.

Baesler and Governor Doug Burgum will reveal the state winner in September.

The winner will receive a grant of $15,000 to be used for the promotion of the teaching profession.

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on xxx announced that teachers from Bismarck, Linton, Grand Forks and Hunter are finalists for the 2023 North Dakota Teacher of the Year Award.

The finalists are:

  • Abby DuBord, of Bismarck, first grade teacher at Bismarck’s elementary centenary who is moving to the new building Elk Ridge Elementary School School in northwest Bismarck this fall;
  • Megan Margerum, of Hunter, third grade English and language arts teacher at Northern Cass Public School at Hunter, in rural Cass County;
  • Ivona Todorovic, of Grand Forks, English teacher at Grand Forks Red River High School who teaches students who are not native English speakers, and
  • Megan Wald, of Kintyre, business trainer at Linton High School and assistant professor of business for the North Dakota Center for Distance Education in Fargo.

Baesler will visit each finalist’s school to celebrate their achievement. The winner of the 2023 Teacher of the Year award will receive a grant of $15,000 to be used for the promotion of the teaching profession.

“As a state, we want to elevate our educators and give them the honor and respect they deserve,” the superintendent said. “They have taken on some of the toughest educational challenges in our state’s history in recent years, and they have done so with aplomb. These four finalists are examples of excellence in their profession, and all of North Dakota should be proud of them.

DuBord, Margerum, Todorovic and Wald were chosen from a group of 47 Teachers of the Year from North Dakota County, who were appointed in April. They will be interviewed by an eight-member panel including representatives from school principals, teachers, school boards, non-public schools, the Department of Public Instruction, Department of Vocational and Technical Educationand a teacher of the year.

Baesler and Gov. Doug Burgum will unveil North Dakota’s 2023 Teacher of the Year in September. The selection process is outlined in state law (NDCC 15.1-02-21)

The winner will compete for the National Teacher of the Year Awardwhich is administered by the Board of Public School Principalsa national education organization based in Washington, D.C.