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Alayna Siemonsma

Alayna Siemonsma (SD '12)

Reading Intervention Teacher

Bozman Intermediate School
Conroe, TX

Grade(s): 5, 6

At the time of the Award, Alayna Siemonsma was:

South Park Elementary School
Rapid City, SD

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 4

Biographical Information

Alayna Siemonsma, a Reading Intervention Teacher works with students who are Dyslexic and/or Dysgraphic. She has presented information about Dyslexia and Dysgraphia services and characteristics at District Wide Inservices, Parent Trainings, and to her colleagues. She also worked on a standards committee for Texas Education Agency. The standards work was for newly graduated pre-service teachers and the assessment they have to take to become certified. During the 2017-2018 school year, Alayna worked on renewal of her National Board Certification. She has also mentored new teachers, veteran teachers, and students. Previously fourth-grade teacher at South Park Elementary School in Rapid City, South Dakota, is credited with helping to raise schoolwide reading scores more than 15 points. In her previous role as literacy leader, she successfully spearheaded the full implementation of the school's K-5 balanced literacy program. Both students and colleagues benefit from her skillful application of data to monitor and advance student achievement.

A driving force in the area of professional development, Siemonsma has earned the reputation as a go-to visionary who models lifelong learning. A member of the school's leadership team, she also is active on numerous district committees including Common Core and technology policy and has presented at state Title I conferences. New teachers across the state benefit from her participation as a mentor in the Teacher to Teacher Support Network. Siemonsma's outstanding leadership contributions have been recognized at the district level with both the Golden Apple and Teacher of Distinction awards.

This National Board Certified Teacher prides herself on keeping on the cutting edge of best practices. Equipped with finely honed planning and organizational skills, she effectively researches and pioneers new programs. For example, Siemonsma introduced a newly adopted Comprehensive Tool Kit, trained all staff and then designed a documentation process that was adopted districtwide. Whether working one-on-one with struggling students or mentoring fellow teachers, Siemonsma, who sets the bar high, inspires others to reach for new levels of excellence. Wherever and whenever she is involved, failure is never an option.

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Alayna Siemonsma Newsletters

Thank You.
Nov 21, 2012

Alayna Siemonsma In The News

Gov. Dennis Daugaard presents South Dakota teacher with national educator award, $25,000 cash
Daily Reporter  |  Nov 23 , 2012  |  Rapid City, SD

South Dakota teacher receives national educator award
KSFY-TV  |  ABC  |  Nov 23 , 2012  |  Sioux Falls, SD

SD Teacher Receives National Educator Award
Keloland-TV  |  Nov 23 , 2012  |  Sioux Falls, SD

South Park teacher wins Milken award
KEVN-TV  |  FOX  |  Nov 22 , 2012  |  Rapid City, SD

South Park teacher gets $25,000 award
Rapid City Journal  |  Nov 21 , 2012  |  Rapid City, SD

Teacher surprised by $25,000 award
Rapid City Journal  |  Nov 20 , 2012  |  Rapid City, SD

Rapid City teacher wins prestigious Milken Award
KBHB Radio  |  ABC  |  Nov 20 , 2012  |  Rapid City, SD

Additional Information


1996, University of Wyoming, B.S.

2000, Northern Arizona University, M.Ed.

2009, National Board Certification(EMC/Literacy:Reading-Language Arts)