Office of the Superintendent


Montana 2013 Rural Teacher of the Year: Colleen Overcast, Zurich K-8

Monday, April 1, 2013, 2:26 pm

Congratulations to Colleen Overcast, who has been named the 2013 Montana Rural Teacher of the Year by the Montana Association of County Superintendents of Schools (MACSS). Colleen is the supervising teacher at Zurich K-8 Elementary in Blaine County, where she has taught for more than 30 years. It’s hard to overstate how challenging teaching a range of students in a rural school can be. Colleen is known for her enthusiasm in the classroom, injecting fun into learning and maintaining high standards. Many of her students have gone on to become valedictorian of their high school graduating classes. Colleen exemplifies the qualities sought in the MACSS Rural Teacher of the Year Award. She has dedicated many extra hours into doing what it takes to reach each child, help fellow colleagues reflect on their accomplishments, and strives for excellence in everything she does. She graduated from Harlem High School, Montana State University-Bozeman, and Montana State University-Northern. She is married to Denny and they have one daughter, Melanie. Colleen was honored at a dinner in Helena on March 6 where she was presented her award by the county superintendent association and congratulated by Superintendent Juneau.

For more information, contact Jerry Scott, Carbon County School Superintendent, 406-446-1301