Montevideo High School English and speech teacher Teresa Goddard was named the 26th recipient of the Bob Mills Memorial Award at the School District 129 staff recognition dinner last Wednesday.

Montevideo High School English and speech teacher Teresa Goddard was named the 26th recipient of the Bob Mills Memorial Award at the School District 129 staff recognition dinner last Wednesday.

The award is named after a long-time Montevideo elementary school teacher and was presented by Mills’ widow, Esther, and his daughter, Carman Mills.

Goddard grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa, near the small town of Cylinder.

After graduating from Emmetsburg High School, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College (now Augustana University) in Sioux Falls, S.D. She earned a Master of Arts degree in education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

In college, Goddard majored in English/language arts and speech/theater arts.

Her first teaching position was instructing ninth grade English in Richland, Mo., while her husband, David, was in the military.  She later taught a variety of high school English and speech classes in northwest Iowa, at Graet­tinger, Havelock and Emmets­burg. She also worked with a number of extracurricular activities, as a speech coach, drama director, yearbook advisor and newspaper advisor.

Goddard has been employed in the Montevideo school system for 24 years, including full-time at Montevideo High School for the past 20 years. Currently, she teaches advanced speech and composition, accelerated Eng­lish 10, public speaking, theatre arts appreciation, and theatre arts performance.

“I began working with extra­curricular speech and directing the fall play and one-act plays in 1993,: said Goddard.  “The last play I directed was in 2002, but this is my 24th year of coaching speech, currently with the assistance of my husband, David.”

Goddard said she considers the Bob Mills Memorial Award a especially great honor since she knew Bob Mills.

“It is such an honor to be recognized for my teaching, especially when our district has so many talented and dedicated teachers,” said Goddard. “Our four children received a great education here in Montevideo and were well prepared for college and careers.


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