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Above and beyond the classroom
Allen Hogie named BV 2013 Teacher of the Year
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

May 20. 2013 7:27AM
When Allen Hogie was ready to graduate from high school in the spring of 1983, he remembers his father, a phys ed teacher, asking him what he wanted to do with his life.
His response: Teaching.

But Hogie’s dad told him that he “didn’t have it in him” so he opted for agri-business courses instead. Two months later, his father passed away, and after a semester of college, Hogie switched his major to math.

“I think it was a bit of reverse psychology,” says the 2013 Brandon Valley Teacher of the Year.

Hogie was one of nine teachers nominated for the annual award that’s jointly sponsored by the BVSD and the First National Bank in Sioux Falls-Brandon Branch. The award was presented May 7 at the 19th annual Teacher of the Year, Retirement and Recognition Banquet.

Mark Stadem, high school science teacher, and Jill Flint, who teaches third grade at Brandon Elementary, were this year’s runnersup.

The high school math teacher has certainly proved that he does “have it in him.” In addition to the Teacher of the Year honors, in 2008 he was named South Dakota Math Teacher of the Year, and in 2007, won the Secondary Presidential Award for
Excellence in Mathematics Teaching from the National Science Foundation. It’s the highest honor in mathematics. He’s also one of a handful of national board certified teachers in the state.

Hogie, however, remains humble about the honors.

“Anybody who wants to do it can go after and do it,” he said. “I set out doing that because I didn’t have anywhere to go on the pay schedule and I wanted a challenge.”

Hogie was nominated for TOY by former student, Sean Rollag, current student, Zach VanEde and parent, Sharil Kirschman-Rollag. All three had good things to say.

In his nomination letter, Sean Rollag wrote about Hogie’s help beyond their daily classes. He said the teacher helped him and Chase Marso prep for their transition to an Augustan College course, Calculus II, “As it was impractical to go into the professor for help we turned to Mr. Hogie when presented with a problem we could not solve,” he said.

Hogie says he was simply doing his job.

“I don’t look to be applauded. It’s my job to serve the community in teaching kids to be life long learners,” he said.

VanEde said the math teacher has guided him in being a better person. “It was through Mr. Hogie and his son Austin that I first became interested in volunteering to a high degree,” he wrote. “Outside of class, Mr. Hogie encouraged me to participate in community service and reap its benefits.”
Sharil Kirschman-Rollag said its teachers “like Mr. Hogie that help students achieve and encourage them to excel and pursue their dreams. … What more can a parent say to a teacher like Mr. Hogie but ‘Thank you for inspiring my kid.’ ”

Hogie said the letters of nomination “choked him up a bit.”

“Anytime anybody gives you a pat on the back, a hug, a respectable handshake, it just makes you feel good,” he said.

Hogie, now 24 years at Brandon Valley – 26 years in all teaching – said he has no plans to quit teaching anytime soon.

“I’ll teach until I feel I can’t make a difference anymore,” he said.

Like Hogie, his son Austin has decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. But he won’t be using “reverse psychology” on Austin as his father did.

“My time here at Brandon Valley has been super,” said Hogie. “The best that I could hope for is to be a great role model for the kids.”

Brandon Valley High School math teacher Allen Hogie was selected as the 2013 Brandon Valley Teacher of the Year. Along with Hogie, eight other BVSD teachers were nominated for the award. They are, from left, Mark Stadem, BVHS science; Patrick Donelan, BVHS industrial technology; Paula Hahn, BVMS English and foreign language; Allen Hogie, BVHS math; Vicki Jelsma, VSE fourth grade; Jill Flint, BE third grade; Jeff Duncanson, BE physical education; and Ed Murtha, BVMS math. Not pictured is Michael Zerr, BVMS science. Photo by Jill Meier

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