The beginning of the year for educators also marked a big day for a longtime Minot teacher...
Edison Elementary 4th grade teacher Melissa Stanley was named the Minot Education Association Teacher of the Year.
With her husband and son in attendance, Stanley was given a long standing ovation by her peers after she was announced as the winner this year.
(Melissa Stanley - MEA Teacher of the Year) "So let me simply say thank you to all of our staff members who do their jobs so very well every day so that classroom teachers can do their job in their classroom. It really does take a whole village to make education happen for kids and I feel fortunate to work with such a good staff."
Stanley is also a finalist for the state teacher of the year award this year -- one of four finalists.