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Published April 22 2010

Fargo South educator Kathy Fisher named Teacher of the Year

With some tears, a bit of self-deprecating humor and a lot of loud laughter, teacher Kathy Fisher accepted her peers’ praise on Wednesday.

She was named Fargo’s 2010 Teacher of the Year to the cheers of colleagues at Fargo South High School.

“You’re very good to me,” the social studies teacher told them. “You’ve touched my heart so much. It means the world to me.”

The 53-year-old has taught in the school district for 22 years. Librarian and longtime friend Jane Snyder was one of the colleagues who nominated her for the annual award.

She and others say Fisher always strives to further improve her teaching skills and constantly connects with her students.

“She cares about every individual in her classroom,” said Snyder, who’s known Fisher for about 16 years. “She acknowledges birthdays, she writes college recommendations … it’s just all that extra that she does that I think makes her an outstanding, remarkable teacher.”

Fisher’s husband, Chuck, teaches social studies at Moorhead High School and said Wednesday’s recognition affirms for his wife all her hard work.

“She really loves those kids,” he said. “It’s nice to have your peers say thank you.”

Fisher will now represent Fargo in the statewide Teacher of the Year contest next fall – an honor she brushed aside Wednesday to her peers.

“I think I’m a lucky girl,” she said, tearing up. “I just happen to be someone among all of them that was acknowledged. But everybody in here is giving that every day.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kelly Smith at (701) 241-5515