Wins educator award

Friday, March 30, 2012

Nicole (Fellows) Keegan ’01, is in select company. In October the St. Cloud State graduate and Dakota Middle School teacher learned that she was one of a select group of teachers from across the country to receive the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for excellence in teaching. Besides the prestige, the award comes with a cash prize of $25,000.

“I was really surprised,” Keegan said of her reaction when learning of the award. “Teaching is a very humble profession with very little recognition of this magnitude so it’s quite an honor and at the same time disappointing that more educators cannot have this experience.”

A native of Sioux Falls, S.D., Keegan began her St. Cloud State career as biology major but soon decided it was biology education that struck her fancy. Keegan, who did her student teaching in her home town, applied for a job in Rapid City and hasn’t looked back. She’s spent her entire career there, teaching both sixth and seventh grade Science along with seventh grade Social Studies and Foreign Languages.

As a student at St. Cloud State, Keegan was active in the Rowing Club, serving as president and vice president. It was at St. Cloud State that she began dating her husband to be, Michael Keegan ’00 who graduated with a business degree and today is director of Student Activities and Leadership Development at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

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