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Nicole Keegan

Nicole Keegan (SD '11)

Professional Development Manager

Rapid City Area Schools
Rapid City, SD

Subject(s) taught: Science
Grade(s): 7

At the time of the Award, Nicole Keegan was:

Dakota Middle School
Rapid City, SD

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies, Science
Grade(s): 7

Biographical Information

An outspoken advocate for students, her “big personality” and knack for quashing the status quo are just a few reasons why Nicole Keegan is a standout in her state. Keegan’s role as a sports coach has helped her form lasting links with her students and the community at large.

Keegan develops relationships with students and works with them as a class, in small groups and individually. She employs modeling and strong questioning to engage her kids, along with differentiation, standard- based instruction and ongoing formative assessments to modify instruction. Keegan holds reading/writing workshops and invites parents to her class eight times a year to view their children’s written work and hear them read.

Credited with helping Dakota make AYP in 2010 for first time, Keegan boasts a laundry list of leadership roles both in and outside of her teaching areas. She is on the national Direct Recruiting Efforts to Attract Minorities (DREAM) Team National Committee to promote National Board Certified teachers of color. Keegan also mentors new teachers and helps experienced teachers excel even more. Her collaborative efforts are made manifest in her memberships on the Building Leadership Team, Rapid City Area Schools Science Curriculum Realignment Committee and State Benchmark Assessment Committee. Keegan also chairs the science department and presents at staff development meetings, as well as at several state- and national-level conferences.

Nicole Keegan In The News

Nicole (Fellows) Keegan wins educator award
St. Cloud State University  |  Mar 30 , 2012  |  St. Cloud, MN

SCSU graduate receives national teaching award
St. Cloud Times  |  Nov 07 , 2011  |  St. Cloud, MN

Rapid City middle school teacher receives national award
KSFY  |  ABC  |  Oct 25 , 2011  |  Sioux Falls, SD

Rapid City teacher wins Milken Award
KEVN  |  FOX  |  Oct 24 , 2011  |  Rapid City, SD

Outstanding Teacher Honored With $25,000 Award
KELOLAND TV  |  Oct 24 , 2011  |  Sioux Falls, SD

Dakota teacher earns Milken educator award
Rapid City Journal  |  Oct 24 , 2011  |  Rapid City, SD

South Dakota middle school teacher receives national award
Argus Leader  |  Oct 24 , 2011  |  Sioux Falls, SD

Rapid City teacher receives national teaching award
KOTA  |  ABC  |  Oct 24 , 2011  |  Rapid City, SD

Dakota MS Teacher Awarded $25,000
News Center 1  |  NBC  |  Oct 24 , 2011  |  Rapid City, SD

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