March 24, 2011
The Regional Center for Teaching and Learning at Morningside College has presented the 2011 National Alumni Educator of the Year Award to Dr. Bruce Borchers, superintendent of the Rockwood School District in Eureka, Mo., and the 2011 Siouxland Alumni Teacher of the Year Award to Crista Limoges, an advanced placement language arts and psychology instructor at Sioux City’s North High School.
Morningside President John Reynders and William Deeds, Morningside’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, presented the awards at a banquet on Wednesday, March 23, in the college’s Olsen Student Center. To be considered for the awards, candidates must exemplify the qualities of an effective educator, have made a significant contribution to the field of education, and have had a positive impact on students and their families.
Borchers, a 1993 Morningside graduate and a LeMars High School graduate, started his career as an elementary physical education teacher in the Sioux City Community School District. He also has worked as an interim assistant principal and guidance counselor in Iowa City, Iowa; as assistant principal and principal in Mankato, Minn.; and as associate superintendent of secondary schools for the Anoka-Hennepin, Minn., School District. He was named Rockwood School District superintendent in 2010.
Borchers also has master’s degrees from Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota.
Limoges, a 2004 Morningside graduate and a graduate of Sioux City’s West High School, has taught at North High School for seven years. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Limoges is founder of the Friends of Rachel Club, which sponsors a variety of service activities for North High School students and staff. She serves as a member of the language arts curriculum committee and the faculty leadership team. She also has a master’s degree in education administration from Wayne State College.
Other nominees for the Siouxland Alumni Teacher of the Year Award included:
Sioux City – Lynne Boulden, Leeds Elementary School; Lisa d’Auguste, Washington Elementary School; Rochelle Greigg, Clark Elementary School; Lonnie Hill, Riverside Elementary School; Karla Lichty, West Middle School; Rebecca Mahlberg, Irving Elementary School; Erin Pinney, Longfellow Elementary School; Billie Pomerenke, Sunnyside Elementary School; Kari Rea, Bryant Elementary School; Maria Ruelas, Educational Service Center; Shelly Sadler, Hunt Elementary School; Julie Sweeney, East Middle School; Robin Wilmesherr, East High School.
South Sioux City – Rosemary Andrews, South Sioux City High School.
Iowa – Cindi Byrne, Lark Elementary School, West Monona Community Schools, Onawa, Iowa; Julie Murphy, elementary school, Westwood Community School District, Sloan, Iowa; Chuck Prior, Lawton-Bronson Elementary School, Bronson, Iowa.
Morningside founded the Regional Center for Teaching and Learning in 2001 to work collaboratively with other institutions and agencies to improve education in the tri-state region. Nancy Mounts serves as the center’s director.