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Dale Ludwig, Driver Education teacher of 28 years, won the national
American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association’s (ADTSEA) Teacher
Excellence Award (TEA). This award is
sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and honors outstanding
driver and traffic safety educators since 1999. Dale was presented this award at
the 2018 ADTSEA Conference in Rosemont, Illinois in July.
Dale was selected for this award as he developed two
different adaptive classes for students with Intellectual Disabilities that are
currently only taught at Central Campus in Minot where he teaches. One class is
designed for students who need a slower paced approach and more individual
attention, where some will be drivers and some will not. While the other class is for the more severe
students who will not be drivers, where they work on pedestrian skills, use of
public transportation, and experience various simulators.
Dale’s passion for Driver Education has been acknowledged
numerous times with awards including North Dakota Driver and Traffic Safety
Education Association Teacher of the Year (2002 and 2017), North Dakota Safety
Council Outstanding Safety Instructor (2014, 2016, 2018), National Safety
Council DDC 8 Instructor of the Year (2015), and North Dakota Department of
Transportation Traffic Safety Honor Roll (2017).
Safety on the roadways is important and with
the combined effort of engineering, enforcement, education and emergency
services, we can all work towards the state’s new traffic safety initiative
called “Vision Zero.” Vision Zero is a
strategy to eliminate motor vehicle crash fatalities and serious injuries on
North Dakota roads.