Deborah Snook receives Outstanding Teacher Award from South Dakota School of Mines

Deborah Snook was recently recognized at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology's 56th Annual Honors Convocation with the Mines Award for Outstanding Teaching. The Honors Convocation is held to present awards to students, faculty and friends of the university in recognition of their outstanding service and academic achievements.

Snook teaches algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus and physics at Philip High School in Philip, SD.

Snook was nominated by Jesse Heaton, a SDSM&T freshman mechanical engineering student and graduate of Philip High School.

"It was a very nice surprise to have been awarded this honor," said Snook. "I work very hard and it is nice to be recognized for my time and effort."

Snook's high expectations of her students prepare students for the standards they will face in college. She is always willing to go above and beyond the teaching norm in order for her students to learn the material.

Snook strives to teach her students the value of hard work and dedication through her example in the classroom. She has promoted the importance of math and science by encouraging her students to enter academic competitions and supervising the Mobile Science Lab visit to Philip.

Mrs. Deborah (Eldridge) Snook was raised in Ft. Pierre. She graduated from Stanley County High School in 1991. After attending the School of Mines and Technology for two years, she married Gary Snook, a farmer and rancher near Midland. Knowing that she was going to live in a rural area of South Dakota and wanting to find an outlet for her studies in math and science, she transferred her credits to Black Hills State University and pursued a degree in education.

In 1995, Snook graduated Summa Cum Laude from Black Hills State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Mathematics.

Her first two years of teaching were at Kadoka High School where she was part Title math teacher and regular classroom teacher in the subjects of mathematics, psychology and sociology. From 1997 until 2000, she was the junior high and high school math department instructor - teaching all of the mathematics classes in grades seven through 12 for the Midland School District. In the fall of 2000, Mrs. Snook accepted the high school math and physics position at Philip High School.

In Philip, she is also the sophomore class advisor and National Honor Society advisor. She serves as the president of the School Improvement Committee and has assisted other schools in the North Central Accreditation and School Improvement Association as a member of various peer team reviews.

Other recognitions include selection to Who's Who Among America's Teachers, National Honor Roll's Outstanding American Teachers and the Cambridge Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Teaching and Education.

Deborah Snook lives in Midland with her husband and two sons.