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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( April 24, 1998)
SDSM& T HONORS TRI- VALLEY TEACHER AS OUTSTANDING TEACHER
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) recently honored Gary Kocmick, a science teacher at Tri- Valley High School, with SDSM& T’s 1998 Outstanding Teacher Award. SDSM& T President Dr. Richard J. Gowen, presented Kocmick with the award during SDSM& T’s recent 47th Annual Honors Convocation.
Kocmick grew up on a farm near Avon and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Southern State Teachers College at Springfield. In 1969 he earned a Master’s degree in Education from South Dakota State University.
He began his teaching career at Menno High School and four years later accepted a position with Tri- Valley High School, where he has been teaching science for the past thirty- three years. He currently teaches chemistry, physics, and physical science courses. He was named 1977- 1978 Teacher of the Year by the Tri- Valley Board of Education.
Kocmick also is a part- time science instructor at National American University’s Sioux Falls Branch, where he teaches physical science, geology and ecology. He and his wife, Yvonne, live near Renner and have three children – Lonnie, Kristi ( a science teacher in Chester) and Larry.
In nominating him for this award, Tricia Mohrhauser, a senior Computer Science major at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T), said that Mr. Kocmick “ encourages his students to learn everything about the subject, takes the time to help them understand it… and keeps up with changing technology.”
Photo Caption: Dr. Richard J. Gowen ( left), president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, presents Tri- Valley science teacher Gary Kocmick, Renner, with the 1998 SDSM& T Outstanding Teacher Award. ( Photo courtesy of SDSM& T University & Public Relations.)
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