PIERRE – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) presented the 2020 Friend of Education Award to Sioux Falls businesswoman, Amy Scott Stolz. SDEA/NEA’s Friend of Education Award honors a person or organization that has made a significant contribution on a statewide basis toward achieving quality public education for all students.
“We are honored to present this year’s Friend of Education Award to Amy who exemplifies how we can have a constructive discourse about public education in South Dakota,” said SDEA President Mary McCorkle. “Not only does she advocate for students and educators, she also gives a voice to all South Dakotans who want to ensure that we are providing the best education possible to all students regardless of where they live. She is most deserving of this award.”
Scott Stoltz was nominated by Danyelle Cleveland of the Sioux Falls Education Association (SFEA). Cleveland points to the Scott Stolz’s efforts to bring more public awareness to the issues impacting students and educators daily. She created a Facebook group called “Making Education a Priority in South Dakota” where she gives voice to educators, parents and community members to express their views on public education.
“Amy Scott Stolz is an advocate for quality education in the state of South Dakota. Each year, she is present during the legislative session asking questions and educating the public about the decisions that impact education in South Dakota,” wrote Cleveland. “Without Amy’s involvement in local politics, many of the decisions made by state legislators and school districts would go unnoticed; however, she works endlessly to provide an avenue that informs the public and encourages everyone to respectfully discuss the issues.”