September 20, 2018
Bonner, MT—State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen joined Bonner School District students, teachers, and administrators this morning to announce that Dylan Huisken has been selected as the 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year. Mr. Huisken is a middle school social studies teacher in Bonner. He will go on to represent Montana in the National Teacher of the Year competition. A National Teacher of the Year has not been selected from Montana since 1956.
“I am thrilled to appoint Bonner middle school social studies teacher Dylan Huisken as the 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year! Dylan has shared that his greatest passion is fostering a connection to history in his students,” Superintendent Arntzen said Thursday. “I look forward to Dylan serving as a teacher-leader in Montana and I am confident that he will make Montana proud on the national stage.”
Mr. Huisken rose to the top of the field after a rigorous and competitive selection process. The initial selection committee met in August to review applications and recommend three finalists. This committee was made up of representatives from the Board of Public Education, the legislature, the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, and a teacher.
The final selection committee met last week to conduct in-person interviews of the three finalists; Dylan Huisken of Bonner, Linda Rost of Baker, and Matt Schrowe of Red Lodge. The final selection committee was made up of representatives from the Montana PTA, the Montana Chamber of Commerce, The Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education, the legislature, and the Offices of the Governor, Attorney General, and Montana’s senior U.S. Senator. It also included a student representative.
“I am tremendously honored to represent Montana on the national stage. I look forward to talking to other teachers across the U.S. about our passion for life-long learning and what Montana teachers do extremely well, like our ability to use relevant, place-based curricula across our vast state, especially with respect to our Indian Education for All program,” Dylan Huisken said Thursday.
“Bonner School has such a strong team of teachers, and Mr. Huisken exemplifies the profession at the highest level. He has a gift for communicating to each student confidence that he or she can learn, grow, and succeed – expectations that his students embrace and are eager to meet. It is remarkable how frequently Bonner students say that one of their most rigorous classes is also their favorite class. Montana has selected an articulate and passionate exemplar of excellence in teaching. Bonner School could not be more proud,” Bonner Superintendent Jim Howard said Thursday.
Visit OPI’s website for more information about the Montana Teacher of the Year Program: http://opi.mt.gov/Educators/Teaching-Learning/Montana-Teacher-of-the-Year.
CONTACT: Dylan Klapmeier
Director of Communications, Montana Office of Public Instruction