YOU know that teachers are managers of the world’s greatest resource—our children! We all know a great teacher who makes learning fun, touches our hearts, and changes lives. Along with Vern Eide Motorcars, Life 96.5 invites you to “Thank a Teacher”! It’s an opportunity to celebrate our teachers during the 2017-2018 school year and nominate that teacher you appreciate to win some well-deserved recognition and fun prizes for both the winning teacher and his or her students and co-workers! By teaming up together, we can encourage and bless teachers and their co-workers with the recognition they deserve.

Each month, from September 2017 through April 2018, you can complete the form below to nominate a teacher for the Life 96.5 and Vern Eide Motorcars “Thank a Teacher” Award. You only have to nominate your teacher once to be included for the entire school year, and you can nominate as many teachers as you like! The winning teacher’s name and their school will be announced each month. Winners will be selected randomly from all entries, and will receive, on a pre-arranged date, a visit from representatives from Life 96.5 Radio and Vern Eide Motorcars.

The winner will be presented with:

Personalized award certificate

Large basketful of prizes

$500 Visa gift card

Ice Cream Party for their students

Celebratory lunch from Erbert & Gerbert’s for the winning teacher and his/her co-workers on-site at the school

Erbert and Gerberts

Go ahead, Thank a Teacher! Use the form below and submit it for each teacher you wish to nominate.

Congratulations to our September winner, teacher Jon Holwerda, nominated by Michaela Stelling! Jon works at Unity Christian High School in Orange City, Iowa. 

Congratulations to our October winner, teacher Shawn Keizer, nominated by his student, Jasmine Van Donselaar! Shawn teaches math at Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa.

Congratulations to our November winner, teacher Denise Lewis, nominated by her daughter, Lyrica Lewis! Denise teaches at Discovery Elementary in Sioux Falls.

Congratulations to the December winner, Shannon Anderson, nominated by Garrett Ellis! Shannon teaches at SDSU.

Congratulations to our January winner, Holly Peterson, nominated by Ali Hakenson. Holly teaches at Tea Elementary School!

Congratulations to our February winner, John Silvernail who teaches with the Parker School District. John was nominated by Taylor Van Emmerik.


Congratulations to our March winner, Susan Bjordal, who teaches at Discovery Elementary School in Sioux Falls! Susan was nominated by her daughter, Aubrey Bjordal.












Contest Rules

Thank A Teacher