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Leif Tokerud, January Teacher of the Month
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Thursday, March 04, 2021
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White Pine Middle School is pleased to present Leif Tokerud as the Teacher of the Month for January 2021. Leif is the longest running member of the WPMS staff, serving students in multiple subject areas over the course of his career.  He has offered his educational talents in language arts, math and currently teaches science. Leif comes with a deep desire to help all students to strive academically. He is an innovative instructor that is constantly seeking a variety of ways to meet his diverse student population. Most notably, Leif spends countless hours researching and planning in order to meet the technology needs of the 21st-century learner.  

Leif works hard to meet the district’s mission of promoting, supporting and ensuring high levels of learning for all.  He does this by providing thought provoking science activities along with real-world application projects. Leif is diving into the district goal of increased cognitive demand through literacy instruction in the classroom through both his participation in recent Pearson STEM training and his support of the school-wide goal of consistent literacy instruction using claim, evidence and reasoning in the writing process. Additionally, he participates with his team in broad interdisciplinary projects that stretch student learning in all content areas via a project-based learning exercise. Most recently, Leif and his team took their students through the planning of building a zoo in White Pine County.

Leif is an example of the WPCSD vision of changing the world in a learning environment where all participants work interdependently to achieve.  He is a team player as evidenced by his willingness to take on added support duties for our distance learners.  Leif has a history of supporting the whole child with his contributions outside of the classroom.  He has spent many years coaching high school soccer and middle school basketball. Leif is adept at building the student relationships that are so critical to middle school success.  Leif’s contributions to the staff and student body at WPMS have been immense and we look forward to having him continue to delay his retirement in favor of working with our students..  Thanks Leif, for all of your efforts at WPMS!!