Sharon Shelerud, a social studies teacher at Metcalf Junior High in Burnsville, is a 2015 recipient of the K-12 Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education.
The award recognizes and supports excellence in geography teaching among elementary, middle and high school teachers. Award winners are chosen based on their teaching skills, leadership, accomplishments in professional development, involvement in student activities, and development of innovative teaching strategies.
Shelerud will be honored at the National Conference on Geography Education on Aug. 8 in Washington, D.C.
Shelerud teaches honors global studies and Advanced Placement human geography, having helped develop the Advanced Placement (AP) human geography course. She has served in numerous leadership positions in District 191 and in other educational organizations, including the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education and the University of Minnesota. She has also coached several very successful World Savvy-World Challenge Day teams of District 191 students. She was the 2012 District 191 Teacher of the Year.