Each year, Sorenson Communication, based out of Salt Lake City, Utah recognizes the hard work and dedication of teachers in deaf schools across the nation. They acknowledge teachers considered to be outstanding educators fluent in American Sign Language.
This year, Sorenson will be honoring three winning teachers for “Teacher of the Year” during September as part of Deaf Awareness Month. The First, Second and Third place award winners will each be given a stipend to spend in his or her classrooms during the 2013-2014 school year.
Lisa Ginther, an interpreter and teacher employed at the N.D. School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NDSD/RCDHH) in Devils Lake submitted a letter to Sorenson Communications to nominate Lilia Bakken.
Bakken has worked at NDSD/RCDHH as the communications coordinator for the past 34+ years. During those years she has taught American Sign Language (ASL) to individuals of all ages, has provided interpreting services for the deaf and hard of hearing, has promoted NDSD/RCDHH, and has been instrumental in maintaining the integrity of the school to ensure a quality education to both deaf and hearing children and adults in the community.
Currently, Bakken teaches ASL through ITV to 16 public schools, grades 10-12 and four colleges across the state, including Devils Lake. She also teaches numerous other classes at NDSD/RCDHH and throughout the community.
Bakken was also involved with establishing the Interpreter Training Program at Lake Region State College here in Devils Lake. Because of her hard work and dedication, Bakken was ultimately chosen as second place winner for “Teacher of the Year” for deaf schools across the nation.