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Tea Area teacher recognized by Levo Credit Union

Levo is awarding $500 each to eight area teachers nominated by parents, students or community members as having made a huge impact on our kids, including one teacher from the Tea Area School District. 

Jennifer Deibert teaches fifth grade at Venture Elementary in Tea. She was nominated by a parent of two of her students. 

“Mrs. Deibert is in a unique position to have a direct impact on her students,” says Rhonda Wilson, whose daughters have both been students in Mrs. Deibert’s class.

“She can see their work in action, see the changes they affect, and in so doing she witnesses first-hand their goals coming to fruition. No matter what the goals are, they can pretty much be summed into a single sentence: She wants to help children,” Wilson continued. 

Nominators were able to recognize a teacher by answering two questions: 

• What impact has this teacher made on your life? 

• How have they demonstrated a unique and creative teaching style? 

“Mrs. Deibert aspires to educate, to inspire, and to affect positive change,” says Wilson. “When Mrs. Deibert says her goal it to “make a difference,” this is what she means.  Not only does she want to change the lives of her students, she also wants to change the face of education.” 

Levo started the Adopt-A-Classroom Program in 2014. Since then, Levo has awarded more than $34,000 in classroom awards to area teachers. 

“We’ve been in this community since 1934. As South Dakota’s oldest credit union, our community has made us what we are today,” says Jen McKeown with the Levo Cares Foundation. “And we believe in giving back to our community. What better way to do that than to recognize the teachers who lay the foundation of our future by shaping the young minds of our kids?”


Levo received 50 nominations from across its 29-county service area, including Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Mitchell, Harrisburg, Brandon, and Montrose. 


“The huge number of nominations is a testament to the high quality educators we have in this area,” says McKeown. “Our teachers are amazing!” 


7 other teachers received the award this year. For a complete list, go to:


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