South Dakota

Deanne DeRungs

Position: Special Education / Preschool

School: Oldham Ramona School

School District: Oldham Ramona School District

City, State: Ramona, South Dakota

About the Nominee: Deanne DeRungs was nominated by a colleague, Lou Ann Jensen. Ms. DeRungs works with both preschool students and high school students with special needs. Every day, her focus is on helping young people grow and become successful. She gives her time and money to support students, both in school and in the community. She is a truly dedicated educator who cares deeply about each and every student she works with!

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Gwen Taylor

Position: Math Teacher & Vice Principal

School: Estelline High School

School District: Estelline School District #28-2

City, State: Estelline, South Dakota

About the Nominee: Gwen Taylor was nominated by a student, Camryn Houselog. Mrs. Taylor puts a lot of time and effort into her students. She is an amazing role model, teacher and leader. She helps her students with everything and is a very genuine person. Her students are very lucky to have Mrs. Taylor as their teacher!

[nominee_videos nominee_email="gwen.taylor@k12.sd.us"]

Amanda Saathoff

Position: Spanish Teacher / Prom Advisor

School: Estelline High School

School District: Estelline School District #28-2

City, State: Estelline, South Dakota

About the Nominee: Amanda Saathoff was nominated by a student, Camryn Houselog. Mrs. Saathoff is an amazing teacher. She is always helpful, and she always has a huge smile on her face. She is great!

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Morgan Hanenberger

Position: Guidance Counselor, National Honor Society & Student Council Advisor

School: Estelline High School

School District: Estelline School District #28-2

City, State: Estelline, South Dakota

About the Nominee: Morgan Hanenberger was nominated by a student, Camryn Houselog. Mrs. Hanenberger is a LifeChanger because she helps people with anything they need. You can genuinely tell that she cares about her job and students.

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Jeremy Bachman

Position: Social Studies Teacher / Athletic Director / Coach

School: Estelline High School

School District: Estelline School District #28-2

City, State: Estelline, South Dakota

About the Nominee: Jeremy Bachman was nominated by a colleague, Julie Rieckman. Mr. Bachman is a teacher who takes time to listen to his students, both inside and outside of school! He cares about his students and the things happening in their lives. Mr. Bachman is also the head football and assistant basketball coach. As a coach, he goes above and beyond. If his athletes run, he runs. If they shoot, he shoots. He is not a "do as I say," type of coach; he encourages his athletes to do what he does. His students say there are always new and exciting things happening in his class. Ms. Rieckman states that as a colleague, Mr. Bachman is there to boost her day, help her out when she is in need and be the first one to greet her every morning. His involvement does not stop at school because it's located in a small community (850 population), so he keeps busy with the weight room during the summer and helping out at Estelline's yearly celebration.

On top of this, he and his wife have two wonderful young children. "Dad time" is very important to him.

Mr. Bachman is definitely a LifeChanger in his community!

[nominee_videos nominee_email="jeremy.bachman@k12.sd.us"]