May 29th, 2009 @ 2:05 pm | Author:
The Valley City State University (VCSU) Student Senate named Jamie Wirth "Teacher of the Year." The award is given annually to a professor who shows dedication to the students of VCSU through innovative teaching methods and continued professional development both inside and outside of the classroom.

The award was presented to Mr. Wirth by VCSU Senior Cameron Battagler, president of the Student Senate. In his comments, Battagler said, "It is remarkable for a first year teacher to receive this recognition. Jamie has been very active; right away, he started helping with the 'Learning 2 Live' program and has been at many school activities. The Student Senate voted unanimously to make Jamie 'Teacher of the Year.' On behalf of the Student Senate, we are happy and honored to recognize Mr. Wirth with the 'Teacher of the Year award.'"

Jamie is an instructor in the VCSU Department of Mathematics. Before coming to VCSU, he taught high school math for four years in Wyndmere, ND, where he also served as head boys' basketball coach for three of those years. Originally from Munich, ND, Jamie earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of North Dakota. After working in sales for several years, he returned to school to earn a degree in math education from Mayville State University and a master's degree in math education from Minot State University. Jamie is currently working toward a doctoral degree in adult and occupational education from North Dakota State University. He has a 9-year-old son, Quinton. He is an avid golfer and fan of New York Mets baseball.

Professors are nominated by members of the student body and the winner is elected by the Student Senate.