SDEA Names Estelline’s CeCe Louwagie 2020 Early Career Educator of the Year


PIERRE – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) presented the 2020 Early Career Educator Award to CeCe Louwagie who is a kindergarten teacher in Estelline, SD.  This award recognizes educators in their first five years who excel at differentiating instruction, building relationships, creating engaging lessons, and actively engages in association activities.  Louwagie is the first recipient of this award. 

“SDEA is excited to present our first Early Career Educator award to CeCe Louwagie.  We have watched her grow from an Aspiring Educator to a remarkable classroom teacher early in her career,” said SDEA President Mary McCorkle. “She is so dedicated to her students and her profession.  She takes the lead and is willing to roll up her sleeves and get the work done. We know she will have a positive impact on the lives of students for many years to come.”

Louwagie was nominated by Erika Hauck of the Estelline Education Association (EEA). 

She says Louwagie is incredibly deserving of this award because she works tirelessly to make sure her students are getting what they need, all while keeping every student engaged at the same time. “When walking into Mrs. Louwagie’s classroom, you may see students working in multiple areas of the classroom, but the students are always engaged in whatever it is they are working with.  I have been most impressed by her ability to stay on top of every situation.  She is flexible and patient so if something comes up, she takes it in stride.  You can see the calmness flow to her students”