staff recognition

Each year, Harrisburg School District celebrates excellence by honoring outstanding staff members with its highest distinction in four categories. These awards serve as a tribute to the hard work and unwavering dedication of our staff members, highlighting their invaluable contributions to Harrisburg's students. It is a celebration of excellence and a testament to the exceptional educational environment we strive to create.

Nominations

NEW

Nominations have been opened up to also include submissions by Harrisburg parents and community members.

2023-2024 Recipients

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Teacher of the Year

Kristen Tupps

Harrisburg High School | Math Teacher

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Support Staff of the Year

Erin Oster

Liberty Elementary | Librarian

Awards

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Sponsor

Architecture Inc. has graciously stepped forward as the proud sponsor of our staff recognition awards. Their generous support will enable us to award $1,000 to exceptional individuals in four distinct categories: Support Staff, Special Services, Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Secondary Teacher of the Year. With Architecture Inc.'s contribution, we aim to honor and celebrate the outstanding dedication and hard work of our staff members who consistently go above and beyond to make a difference in our school community.

Past Recipients

support staff

Year

Recipient

2023

Erin Oster
Liberty Elementary
Librarian

2022

Kelli McLamore
Freedom Elementary
Educational Assistant

2021

Carol Bucholz
HSD Sub Coordinator

2020

Julie Aseltine
Liberty Elementary
Kindergarten Aide

2019

Heather Link
North Middle School
Administrative Assistant

2018

Susie Tecklenburg
North Middle School
Librarian

elementary teachers

This category was split into Elementary and Secondary teaching staff in 2024.

Year

Recipient

2022

Chase Hirt
Freedom Elementary
Kindergarten Teacher

2019

Amanda Harris*
Endeavor Elementary
3rd Grade Teacher

2018

Lisa Norris
Endeavor
5th Grade Teacher

secondary teaching staff

This category was split into Elementary and Secondary teaching staff in 2024.

Year

Recipient

2023

Kristen Tupps
Harrisburg High School
Math Teacher

2021

Tracy Kern
Harrisburg High School
Family & Consumer Science Teacher

2020

Tamra Huffman
North Middle School
Social Science Teacher

special services

This category was new in 2024.

Year

Recipient

2024

*State of SD Teacher of the Year Recipient