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She's one of the nation's leading teachers

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Marlene Srock '73 (right) with the President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

It has been a whirlwind of activity since Marlene Srock ’73 was named one of 56 teachers of the year: meeting President Bush in the Oval Office, attending Space Camp, advising Congress on reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.

“This has been very exciting to feel part of efforts to improve the schools for our children,” said Srock, who is the 2007 North Dakota Teacher of the Year. She teachers first grade in Minot, in the north central part of the state.

The National Teacher of the Year is chosen from among the state teachers of the year. The finalists are selected by a committee of representatives from 15 national education organizations. 

Srock says she chose St. Cloud State because of its reputation as an excellent teacher training institution. By chance, she arrived on campus in time to participate in a novel program that enabled her to student teach for an entire school year – including experiences in special education, kindergarten, second grade and sixth grade.

Her bachelor's degree from the University is in elementary education, with a kindergarten endorsement and a minor in special education. She is president of the North Dakota Reading Association and has made literacy a particular focus in her classroom.

“There is little that one can compare to the joy of watching a  young child discover the magic of being able to read. I have become hooked on the thrill of watching young children learn about their world. I also feel very strongly that teaching is a very valuable profession and I am honored to be able to be make a difference in the lives of children,” said the Wells, Minnesota native.