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Tomporowski named Teacher of the Year in New York Mills

Media Specialist and Spanish teacher Alyce Tomporowski was named 2009-10 New York Mills Teacher of the Year.

Alyce Tomporowski is this year's Teacher of the Year at New York Mills Public Schools. Alyce teaches high school Spanish and is the media specialist for the district.

This is the second time in her career she was honored by the teachers.

Tomporowski was nominated for the award this year based on "so many wonderful characteristics," according to the anonymous nomination submitted.

"She has been the most passionate, dedicated person to her work that I have ever met," the nomination read. "Unfortunately, this year she has not been able to work in her area that she loves as Media Center Specialist full-time, but she has embraced her job as the Spanish teacher and has gone above and beyond her job requirements and continues to help teachers, faculty and students with her positive, kind and helpful attitude."

After teaching Spanish for three years at St. Cloud Cathedral High School, Tomporowski arrived in New York Mills in 1980. Shortly after joining the New York Mills staff, in addition to being the media specialist, she taught Spanish for 10 years and was honored by New York Mills teachers with the Teacher of the Year award in 1988. Just this year, she returned to teaching Spanish along with retaining her duties as media specialist.

Along with her classroom and media center work, Tomporowski was the Junior Class Advisor for 20 years, served several terms as a local Education Minnesota officer and on numerous school committees, worked at the state level to help write the library media educational standards, and was accepted as a member of an area chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honor society of women educators.

"This is a special honor because it comes from my colleagues," Tomporowski said. "I want to sincerely thank the New York Mills teaching staff, not only for nominating me, but for supporting me this year as my focus has broadened into the wonderful world of ¡español!"