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“She’s the best”; Brandon regional teacher of the year

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BRANDON, SD (KELO) — It’s teacher appreciation week, and the State of South Dakota has announced its 5 regional teachers of the year. The Region 2 nominee is from Brandon Valley Middle School.

Erin Rieff has been teaching for over 20 years. 13 of them in the Brandon Valley School District. Now, she is being recognized as a Regional Teacher of the Year.

“It’s pretty amazing. It honestly, it’s a strange feeling of, humbling because there are so many, so many teachers that deserve an award like this. And that’s why Teacher Appreciation Week is so amazing because teachers feel that recognition and feel that support,” Erin Rieff said.

Rieff was one of the main contributors to the Brandon Valley Fine Arts Night, an event bringing families and community members together. Brandon Valley Superintendent Jarod Larson says Rieff has had a huge impact on the district.

“It’s just an incredible honor to have Mrs. Rieff honored as the Region two South Dakota Teacher of the Year, candidate. She’s just an incredible educator that inspires our students, but more so really has united the community around the fine arts,” Jarod Larson said.

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Rieff says she is honored to receive this award and is happy to have an impact on the students of Brandon Valley and the community.

“I think she’s the best teacher I’ve ever had. Like, when she walked into a room, like sunshine. Just fills the whole room so moved here,” Seventh Grader Kamryn Entzel said.

Rieff received the award on Monday and says the excitement from the students fills her heart with joy.

“There are so many regular education teachers that volunteer their time because they enjoy seeing the students and the families at that event. And so there’s just so many people that give their time and education. And I’m just very thankful,” Erin Rieff said.

Other schools that received Teacher of the Year Awards include Sioux Valley Elementary, Sanborn Central, Gettysburg, and West Elementary in Spearfish.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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