What's Your Why?

What's Your Why?

2022 North Dakota Teacher of the Year Bret Dockter and host Tom Gerhardt talk to educators across North Dakota about why they're staying in public education, what they'd like to see changed to make education better, and end each episode by asking, "What's Your Why?"


January 17, 2023 34 mins
Megan Margerum is an English Language Arts teacher at Northern Cass Public School and a finalist for the 2023 North Dakota Teacher of the Year.

Margerum is a believer in the need to shift from traditional school experiences to a more innovative approach. She is passionate about learners and educators facilitating in the learning center together, and has crafted a unit on building learner profiles, developed a plan for the use of Por...
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Megan Wald teaches Business Education courses at Linton Public School.

Wald's classroom promotes hands-on learning and giving students opportunities to learn real-world skills that will prepare them for their future careers.

She says her classroom is technology-centered and that it's important to her to provide her students with industry-level programs to develop their skills.

Wald was a finalist for the 2023 North Dakota Teacher of t...
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In this episode, 2022 North Dakota Teacher of the Year Bret Dockter and Tom Gerhardt visit with 2023 North Dakota Teacher of the Year finalist Abby DuBord of Bismarck.

DuBord is a first-grade teacher at Elk Ridge Elementary in Bismarck. DuBord was a part of the Bismarck Public School's Teacher Leader Academy where she had the opportunity to take part in hands-on leadership experiences at both the school and district level.

DuBord has...
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2023 North Dakota Teacher of the Year Ivona Todorovic of Grand Forks Red River joins 2022 North Dakota Teacher of the Year Bret Dockter and North Dakota United's Tom Gerhardt.

Todorovic talks about her inspiring story to become an educator, what gives her hope, one thing she'd like to see changed, her mentors, and her why.
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