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Meet Stephanie Ballard, South Dakota's teacher of the year

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Stephanie Ballard (left) and Secretary of Education, Tiffany Sanderson

A special education teacher is South Dakota’s Teacher of the Year.

Stephanie Ballard works at George S. Mickelson Middle School in Brookings.

A statewide panel of educators selects the winner from five regional finalists.

Ballard receives a $5,000 grant from the state Department of Education. She also receives a $1,000 honorarium from the state Board of Regents to present seminars for aspiring teachers.

The awards are funded by donations from businesses and organizations.

Ballard also advances as a candidate for National Teacher of the Year. That award announcement is scheduled this spring.