The Presidential Award is an incredible and humbling honor. This distinction is a testament to the inspiring patrons, educators, parents, and students from my community who have blessed me with their support on my journey. As their teacher, I know that the decisions I make each day about teaching and learning greatly affect my students. Receiving this prestigious award challenges me to continue my work and fuels my passion for young people as well as science and mathematics education.

Louise Lindskov Timber Lake, SD | 7-12, Science, 2017

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Louise “LuAnn” Lindskov has been a science and mathematics educator for more than 34 years, spending the last 17 years teaching at Timber Lake High School. Her current teaching assignment includes 9-12th-grade Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry, Physics, Chemistry, Honors Physical Science, Honors Geometry, and Conceptual Physics. Previously she taught at Isabel High School for 17 years. LuAnn creates a classroom that promotes active learning. She engages students in opportunities to discover science, often in small collaborative groups, and to practice skills and apply mathematics in authentic situations. LuAnn guides her students toward areas of scientific research about which they are passionate. She uses grant awards to equip her school’s science laboratory with modern digital tools and to promote robotics. As a member of numerous regional, state, and local organizations and initiatives, LuAnn is a leader in promoting the profession. She used her distinction as 2014 South Dakota Teacher of the Year to bring attention to the shortage of highly qualified teachers, especially in rural areas and worked with state government to implement solutions. LuAnn holds a B.S. in mathematics and natural sciences and secondary education from the University of Mary and an M.S. in education from Walden University. She is National Board Certified in adolescent and young adult science.