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Gunderson Selected as NDACTE Teacher of the Year

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                                

August 13, 2019

Gunderson Selected as NDACTE Teacher of the Year

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Dr. Jerome Gunderson, Information Technology teacher at Grand Forks Central High School, has been selected by the North Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education (NDACTE) as the 2019 Teacher of the Year.

The Teacher of the Year award recognizes a teacher who is providing an exceptional career and technology program for youth in their community and respective field. 

Originally a middle school technology education instructor, Gunderson transitioned into being one of the first information technology instructors in the state of North Dakota. Following the implementation of the Cisco Networking Curriculum and the establishment of the program, Gunderson was hired as the Director of Career and Technical Education at Grand Forks Public Schools, a role in which he held for several years. Gunderson returned to the classroom in Grand Forks in 2011 and has been teaching information technology at Grand Forks Central for the past nine years.

“Dr. Gunderson embodies the definition of a highly effective, dedicated, and respected educator,” said Eric Ripley, Executive Director of Career and Technical Education. “Between a full teaching schedule, advising multiple student organizations, teaching summer school, and consistently working with his curriculum to stay current in the technical field, Dr. Gunderson never loses sight of the most important element of his classroom, which is his students. He is an exceptional educator and well-deserving of the Teacher of the Year award.”

Gunderson will now advance to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region V competition, which includes Teacher of the Year award winners from 15 other states. The conference will be held in Colorado Lake Tahoe, Nev., in April 2020.

The award was presented at the 49th Annual North Dakota Department of CTE Professional Development Conference, held August 5-7 in Bismarck.