Valley City Area Teacher  Center, Director

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The Valley City Area Teacher Center is one of nine Teacher Centers across North Dakota which together form the North Dakota Teacher Center Network founded in 1977.  The Valley City Area Teacher Center is an educational link between educators, schools, higher education, state and national support agencies, and the community which enhances the quality of teaching and learning throughout North Dakota. 

The Teacher Center is located in the lower level of the Allen Memorial Library on the campus of Valley City State University. 

The Teacher Center is governed by a policy board of teachers and administrators from area schools.  It assists K-12 educators in member school districts in a eight county are surrounding Valley City as well as Valley City State University education students. 

The Teacher Center coordinates professional development opportunities, maintains a resource library, and published and distributes a regular newsletter.  The Teacher Center has contact people in are schools who serve as liaisons between the Teacher Center and their schools.

The Valley City Area Teacher Center serves as a clearinghouse to numerous resources from various state agencies such as the ND Game and Fish, ND Water Commission, ND Forest Service, and many other agencies. 

Become a member of the Valley City Area Teacher Center

The Teacher Center membership fee for each school district is determined by the following schedule:

  • A high school district will pay $25 per teacher or a minimum fee of $300, whichever is greater.
  • A graded elementary district will pay $25 per teacher or a minimum fee of $300, whichever is greater. 
  • A special education unit will pay a $300 fee.
  • A vocational education unit will pay a $200 fee.

In order for the Valley City Area Teacher Center Policy Board finance committee to finalize a budget for the upcoming year, Membership Commitment Forms are due to the Valley City Area Teacher Center by August 1st of each year.  Contact the Teacher Center at (701) 830-9837 or

Membership Benefits: 

  • Surprise Boxes:  At each elementary and high school request, the VCA Teacher Center will mail out a box with 10 classroom resource books to be used for 6 weeks in the school.  Simply return the box at the end of 6 weeks, and the VCATC will mail you out a new box.  Contact to get on the mailing list. 
  • Monthly Newsletters:  Receive via e-mail a copy of the VCA Teacher Center Newsletter and the NDTCN State Newsletter listing upcoming professional development opportunities, grant information, classroom resources available and other educational related information locally, statewide and nationally.
  • Resource Library:  The VCA Teacher Center maintains a resource library providing check-out services to educators in member schools and pre-service teachers.  The VCATC also has access to all resources at VCSU's Allen Memorial Library and provides check-out services for these as well. 
  • Resource Material Distribution:  Resources are often disseminated through the Center from various state agencies.
  • Professional Development Opportunities:  Professional Development opportunities are provided by the VCATC to member schools.
  • Teacher Exchange/Visitation Program:  Limited funds are available to cover the cost of substitute teachers to allow educators to observe other classrooms/teachers.  These are available through an application process.  See tab labeled "Teacher Visitation" for more information
  • Project WILD, Project WET, Whale Education Workshops:  In these workshops K-12 educators receive numerous materials as well as check out privileges of the wildlife kits and the Whale.


Member Schools:

        Barnes County North      Pingree-Buchanan      

Edgeley                              Ellendale                    Fessenden-Bowdon                Valley City 

        Fort Ransom                     Gackle-Streeter        Griggs County                           Hope-Page

        Kulm                                   LaMoure                     Litchville-Marion                       Maple Valley

        Midkota                              Milnor                          Montpelier                                 Oakes  

        North Sargent                   Louis L'Amour           Sargent Central                        St. Catherine's

        Sheyenne Valley Special Ed Unit                       Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Center       


Contact Information:

Sandy Zahn, Director  
101 College St.  
Valley City, ND  58072

(701) 493-5608 Office
(701) 830-9837 Cell 


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