Inspiring HSE alumni

There is no doubt that NDSU’s College of Human Sciences and Education attracts and educates talented individuals. There’s proof in this newsletter. We are honored to share the below stories featuring a few of our incredible alumni.

If you have an inspiring story or accomplishment to share, please get in touch with us. We enjoy the opportunity to brag about our alumni and their successes.

Leah Juelke is finalist for Global Teacher Prize

NDSU alumna Leah Juelke is one of 50 finalists for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2020. She and other finalists will participate in the Global Education and Skills Forum in October, when the selection is scheduled to be announced.

Juelke is a language arts instructor at Fargo South High school, where many of her students are refugees and immigrants.

She organized the “Journey to America” project. After hearing Rwandan genocide survivor Daniel Trust, the students wrote about their own journeys from dangerous places to North Dakota. The project became a published book of refugee stories featuring Fargo South High School students from many different countries. Her classes have now published six different volumes of the book. 

Juelke earned her bachelor’s degree in English education in 2006 and her master’s degree in education in 2012, both from NDSU.

She said her experience on campus was an inspiration for her work.

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Esther Myers receives Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics honor

Esther Myers, NDSU College of Human Sciences and Education Distinguished Alumna and dietetics adjunct professor, has been selected to receive the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award, the highest honor given by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Myers will receive the award at the opening session of the organization’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo this fall.

“The life lessons and academic preparation from NDSU were instrumental in any success I have had, both in my U.S. Air Force dietetics career and my continued dietetic professional activities at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,” said Myers. “The midwestern North Dakota work ethic and values instilled and solidified during my time at NDSU were highly valued by colleagues, supervisors and employees. I owe a debt of gratitude to NDSU.”

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Annie Friesema recognized as Teacher of the Year by CATFACS

NDSU College of Human Sciences and Education alumna Annie Friesema received the Colorado Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (CATFACS) Teacher of the Year Award this past January.

She is also being recognized this month at the annual Colorado Association of Career and Technical Education (CACTE) conference for being named the CACTE CTE Teacher of the Year for the state of Colorado. 

Friesema says she is honored to receive these awards. She enjoys going above and beyond for her students in prepping them for both college and their careers by offering a rigorous curriculum, college credit options, and work-based learning experiences.

“NDSU prepared me for an amazing career in the field of education. I loved my years at NDSU – the education, the sports, the people, and the community. Go Bison,” said Friesema.

Margaret Fitzgerald, Dean



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