hsd teacher named sd award finalist

Chelsey Coverdale, math teacher at Harrisburg School District's North Middle School, has been named a South Dakota finalist for the Presidential Award For Excellence In Mathematics and Science Teaching. Chelsey graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2012 and earned her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Morningside College 2018. She has been teaching for nine years and is both Nationally Board Certified and an Apple Certified instructor. Mrs. Coverdale has also participated in the South Dakota Department of Education SDMath/SDSci Leadership Program.

About the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.  Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Presidential awardees receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington DC to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Awardees also join an active network of outstanding educators from throughout the nation. Since 1983, more than 5,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation’s teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement.

We congratulate Chelsey for her achievement, dedication to honing her instructional practices, and commitment to teaching students with passion and enthusiasm for her subject area. We are #TigerProud!