Burnsville High School social studies teacher Nathan Strand has been named the BHS Teacher of the Year by the Burnsville Education Association.
A graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., Nate Strand has taught social studies at BHS for 15 years, including American History, World History, Government and Economics. He is also an assistant coach for the boys cross country team, an area coordinator for the social studies department, a member of the AVID site team, yearbook advisor, Ultimate Frisbee coach and a Class Acts talent.
Nate is engaged with the BHS community and attends many extracurricular activities, including musicals, band concerts, dances and sporting events. He also manages the clock and scoreboard at BHS football games.
Nate is known for fostering positive relationships with all students.
"One of my mentors from my first years of teaching, Craig Stoneberg, would always tell me that the most important thing in this job is being able to go home, look yourself in the mirror and be able tell yourself that you treated your students fairly and with respect," says Strand. "I am proud to say that I have been able to do this every day for the past fifteen years of my career. As a result of this ability to create a positive rapport with my students, I have had success with even the most challenging of students. I have found that once students know that you care about them they can do some pretty amazing things."
The BEA Teacher of the Year program is intended to express appreciation for and celebrate the many outstanding men and women in the teaching profession whose examples serve as inspiration to students and fellow teachers, according to Wendy Drugge Wuensch, a Burnsville High School math teacher who chairs the Teacher of the Year committee.
Nominated teachers must have completed three full years of teaching in District 191. The BEA Teacher of the Year committee will choose from nominations based on exceptional skill and dedication, influence on students, professionalism, community involvement, and a well-articulated philosophy of teaching.
Congratulations to Nate Strand for being this year's Burnsville High School's Teacher of the Year!