Who's Your Everyday Hero?

Every day, our educators and public employees are stepping up, working hard and doing what’s right for our kids and communities. We want to celebrate the awesome jobs they do for us all by recognizing them as a 2021 Everyday Hero Award winner! 

If you know someone who always goes above and beyond in service to the people of North Dakota, nominate them as an Everyday Hero. Those eligible include:

  • A public school teacher 
  • A professor at a public university
  • Someone who works as support staff in public education, as a para-educator, bus driver, nurse, administrative assistant or any other role
  • An employee for a public agency on the city, county or state level in North Dakota

Share the name of the Everyday Hero in your life & why you think they’re worthy of recognition. 

We’ll select the 10 best nominations and post them digitally for the public to vote on their favorites. The three highest vote-getters will receive an award and will be recognized in a special ceremony in their community. 

NDU President Nick Archuleta, administrators, local leaders and co-workers will host a recognition event and we’ll celebrate our Heroes in epic fashion! 

Meet David & Heather Woods

Heather and David Woods are a dynamic duo of educators from Wahpeton, ND. 

Heather has been teaching English and Public Speaking at Wahpeton High School since 2005.  David is a Language Arts Teacher, Coach, and City Council Member. 

They both received their educational superpowers from VCSU, where they completed their Bachelors and Masters degrees. David became Dr. Woods in December of 2020, completing his PhD in educational leadership from UND. 

Meet Harry Summers

Harry Summers is a retired educator who is still making an impact in the classroom after almost 30 years of teaching.

Harry volunteers 4 mornings/week tutoring K-4th grade students. She is also the Assistant Coordinator for Minot’s Students in Transition program which aims to help students with housing insecurities stay in, and succeed in school. 

Harry says her super power is opening her heart, saying, “When you open your heart, everything else, benefits!”


Meet Danni Pinnick

Danni has worked in public health, since 2015 in positions at the NDSU Center for Immunization Research and Education, as well as Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota.

Her current superpower involves fighting a formidable opponent… the villain known as COVID-19. She’s helping save lives everyday as a Vaccine Coordinator for the state of North Dakota.


Meet Jason Boynton

Jason is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at North Dakota State University and a proud North Dakota United member.  

He’s been guiding students through the rigors of learning university level mathematics for the last 14 years.  

His superpower is his ability to put himself in the students’ shoes during all parts of the learning process, as well as raising awareness and funds to address food insecurity in our community.

Meet Barb Dubord

Barb is school bus driver from Kindred, North Dakota. She has been safely delivering kids to and from school since 1996! 

“All school bus drivers enjoy a super power that other school
employees cannot claim. We have a child on our bus from the time they start kindergarten until they get a driver’s license. We gain a personal connection with nearly each child.

Every morning as they get on the bus, I give each child a smile and a ‘Good Morning!’. They return my greeting with a grin and a ‘Hi Barb.’ It warms my heart and gives me a reason to get out of bed.”