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Sioux Empire Amateur Radio Club
Anna Anderson


Anna (Maifeld) Anderson began crocheting rag rugs years ago as a way to use up fabric scraps and old clothing. She now sells her rugs on her Etsy shop "HeartlandHandmadeSD". You can see more of her rugs on her website annasews.net. She and her family live on a hobby farm near Sioux Falls and enjoy incorporating old time crafts with homeschooling, gardening, and animals.

Charlie Anderson
Charlie teaches acoustic, bass and electric.
I grew up in the Fargo, North Dakota region and moved to Sioux Falls in 1998. My mother plays piano for her local church and her mother was a music teacher. I started taking private piano lessons in the 2nd grade and switched to guitar lessons the summer of my 6th grade year. I continued with private lessons until I graduated from high school. I started playing guitar in our local church praise band. I then moved to Chillicothe, Ohio where I studied studio recording at the Recording Workshop. Right after that I moved to Nashville, Tennessee and did and internship at Trinity Music City. There I learned audio and video production and also worked part-time doing live sound for concerts. I currently give private piano and guitar (acoustic, electric and bass) lessons from home. I do some audio production work from my home studio, in addition to being a DJ during the weekends. I also play guitar and bass in a local band called "The Unnotables." Music is such a big part of my life and I enjoy teaching others what I have learned through the years.
Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum Staff

Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum & East Sioux Falls Historic Site Our mission is to nurture connections between plants and people, past and present, in an inspiring natural setting that invites discovery.

Yelena Balashova
I was raised in Estonia in a Russian family. I earned by Masters Degree in Teaching Education from Estonia and Russia. Our family moved to the United States in 1999. Before our move, I was the principal of a Daycare-Kindergarten school for 18 years, I have worked in the ELL program for the Sioux Falls School District for 4 years. I have taught Russian language through the Ukranian Church, the Philadephia Language Center and through private lessons. I believe in Community Education because it is an affordable way for students to expand their knowledge without the cost of college. The knowledge of languages helps to understand cultures, meet new friends with the same interests, and make a connection to different countries.
Nadia Bijaoui

I grew up in France and when I was twenty moved to Los Angeles where I lived most of my life, before moving to Sioux Falls to be near my three children and my grandchildren. My background includes extensive health research and I love teaching. I have taught from Montessori level (pre-school) to University students. My research on dream science was published in 2019 by The International Journal of Dream Research. I have since added a new description, 'Or The Power of Dreaming', to a non-fiction book of survival I had published, 'The Other Side of The Curtain: Recovering from Deep Coma', because there are seven dreams in it. I have worked for the Sioux Falls School District at John Harris, Kids Inc., am an Online Adjunct Faculty at South New Hampshire University, and the rest of the time I enjoy my family or work at my company, biohealthedu.com, as a life/health coach.

Dr. Nadia Judith Bijaoui, Medical Board of California Certified Research Psychoanalyst.

Arne Bortnem
Raised on a farm east of Nunda, SD, I attended a one room country school, Rutland High School, and majored in English at Augustana College. I volunteered for a tour with the U S Army in Germany. After a year of teaching language arts at the Flandreau Middle School, I decided to learn how to be a sculptor and went to work at the Crazy Horse Monument in the Black Hills. In Custer I met a talented artist, who mentored me in the art of wood carving, and a female industrial arts teacher from the Marty Indian School whom I married! I now live in Sioux Falls where I carve wood and manage rental property.
Rich Brubakken I have been a life-long educator who enjoys working with adults. 40 years of my life has been spent working in education, but my love has always been in the arts. I have undergraduate work in the field of art from Augustana University and have spent the last year working in stained glass with a glass teacher, Steve Spencer. I am looking forward to passing along his gifts to the students I have the pleasure of meeting and working with.
Jason Byre
LAP Classroom Lead Teacher
Ballroom Dance Club
Santiago Continenza

Allow me to introduce myself! My name is Santiago Continenza, and I am a new music instructor for the Community Education branch of the Sioux Falls School District! I will be teaching drums and percussion!

My roots are from the Twin Cities, as I was born in the St. Paul suburb of Maplewood, Minnesota. From there, I grew up in Brainerd, a town in northern Minnesota where I got my start in music. I started playing percussion in 6th grade band. I would go on to play in band for seven years, comprising my 6th-12th grade education. I was involved in marching band, pep band, jazz band, concert band, and symphonic band. I had many individual achievements in percussion performance, receiving first prize at my high school talent show both my junior and senior years for original drum solos on the trap kit. I was also among the top 15 young drummers in the country for a youth national fine arts festival in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2008. This was for an original drum set solo as well.

My craving for performing music went beyond school as well. I played drums in two rocks bands as an adolescent and as a young adult. One was a band with my two brothers and my step-brother that we eventually called "The Glitch". The other was a band called "Stoked Beyond Boredom", which I played in from 2006-2014; and we had multiple marquee gigs in the Twin Cities, opening for some well-known artists. We amicably parted ways when college and the workforce split our paths. I went to college in Marshall, Minnesota, graduated from SMSU with an accounting degree, and lived in Marshall for a total of nine years before moving to Sioux Falls for a new accounting job in July 2020!

Moreover, I have played trap set, auxiliary percussion, or both in over half a dozen church music groups fairly consistently from 2003 to the present. This includes a Spanish church band that I currently play with here in Sioux Falls! Also dear to my heart is my first experience teaching drums at The Note Gallery, a music store in Marshall, Minnesota! From January 2016 through July 2020, I served as percussion instructor, giving 30-minute lessons to individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels both in person and virtually via video calls!
In this new role with the SFSD and Community Education, I aspire to meet every single student where he or she is at. Whether you are a child or an adult, new or experienced, curious or committed, I look forward to getting to know you and help you perfect your craft as a musician!

Joshua Cooper


Joshua Cooper is a local from Humboldt, SD and has recently returned after performing for the last decade! Before earning his BFA in Acting at BYU, he performed literally hundreds of times on multiple stages in dozens of roles. Most noteworthily as Wesley in a stage adaptation of The Princess Bride, Greg in Reasons to be Pretty, d'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers, and the title character in The Picture of Dorian Gray. He also toured elementary schools with a Children's Theater performing Babe. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue film acting. During his 4 years in California, Joshua landed two feature films, several guest star roles in TV shows and booked multiple commercials!

Tanya Crain
Sioux Falls Curling
Hector Curriel

Hector Curriel is the editorial cartoonist for El Observador News since 2007 and a syndicated cartoonist for CartoonStock!
Born in Lima, Peru, he moved to the United States in 2002 and enrolled at the Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis, MN. In 2005, he moved to Sioux Falls, SD to work as a freelance artist, initially serving as a political cartoonist for different newspapers around the States.

Hector's cartoons have been published in different news media such as PRI(Public Radio International), Buzz Feed News, Yahoo News, The Onion News, etc.
In 2014, one of his cartoons was selected for the France 24 News Channel as part of its broadcast about how cartoonists around the world portrayed the crisis in Ukraine!

Hector has been recognized with numerous awards. He obtained the 2nd Place for the 2009 Charlez Schulz Cartoon Competition, a Ist Place for the 2011 Professional Award at the Art Instruction Schools, and the 2013 Midwest Book Award Winner as an book illustrator!

Additionally, his cartoons have been featured in various exhibits at colleges and libraries such as the California State Library in 2016, Augustana University in Sioux Falls in 2012, and the Main Library in Sioux Falls in 2009 among others.
He is also a member of the National Cartoonists Society and member of the Artists in Residence Program for the South Dakota Art Council.

Devon Davoux
Rachel DeBoer

Rachel is a registered nurse who is passionate about supporting others to find true health and flourishing at home. After spending ten years battling autoimmune disease and chronic pain herself, she embarked on a journey of natural healing which led her to the garden and the kitchen. In collaboration with functional medicine practitioners, health coaches, and herbalists, Rachel has since taught nutrition, cooking, and gardening techniques to support healthier people and a healthier planet at farmers markets, schools, and in diverse communities throughout New Jersey. She is excited to share her fresh flavor and fresh perspective with her hometown community of Sioux Falls.
Melanie Erickson

 

Melanie Erickson has been known as the helpful fixer, teacher, creator - as owner of the Bead Co in downtown Sioux Falls from 2000 to 2019- while collaborating as a Community Education Instructor for most of those years. Melanie is grateful to continue sharing decades of beading experience, jewelry design, and hands on experience teaching beading and jewelry technique classes, custom orders and repairs, and parties locally; as she starts new life chapters within Community Ed helping organize fellow instructors' passions. Nature fires up her soul and jewelry creations and she loves to grab the kayak and head to the lake for peaceful inspiration.

Wayne Fanebust

Wayne was born in Sioux Falls, SD and raised "out in the country" always living near Sioux Falls, except for a short stay in Iowa. His early years were entirely rural and his elementary education was attained in small, wooden country schoolhouses. He graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, joined the United States Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California.

In the fall of 1964, after being discharged from the Marine Corps, he attended one semester of college at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. But he heard another voice and it was music. So in 1965 he moved to Los Angeles and pursued a career as a rock 'n roll musician and songwriter. As a guitar player he sang and performed in rock bands in Los Angeles in the mid-and late 60's. It was when he was a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, that he acquired an interest in history. He took a course called "History of the American West" and found he was fascinated with the frontier experience and how it shaped the American character. He graduated with a BA degree in history from UCLA in 1973.

Next, he attended law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and earned a Juris Doctor of Law Degree. He was admitted to the California bar in 1980. He entered into private law practice in San Diego and maintained a law office until 1993 when he returned to Sioux Falls for a career change. After 14 years of work as a corporate attorney in Sioux Falls, he is now retired from professional life and very active in the business of writing. He has a daughter and two grandchildren.

He has eleven published non-fiction books on a variety of topics, including Dakota frontier justice, the Civil War and historic true crime including "Where the Sioux River Bends".

Beth Feltes

Beth graduated in 2005 from Gustavus Adolphus College with a BA in Music. She has been teaching piano & voice lessons for the past 4 years.

Beth recently moved to Sioux Falls with her husband & 3 young children. Playing piano & singing are two of Beth's favorite things to do, so she is excited to share that passion with some new students in Sioux Falls!

Beth loves musical theater & most recently, she portrayed Mary in a stage performance of "Mary Poppins." Beth worked in Youth Ministry for 8 years before becoming a mom, so she is comfortable working with children & teens of all ages.

Each student is unique & each student can succeed! Beth has experience teaching children as young as 4 through adults & children with special needs.

Check out Beth's website!  https://elizabethfeltes.weebly.com/
Shane Fischer

I have lived in the Dakotas most of my life having been born in Bismarck, ND; and growing up in Aberdeen, SD. I have always loved writing. It evolved from a cathartic expression to a purposeful career.

I am the founder of Ink Knell, a personalized poetry service that aims to preserve our most important experiences. I enjoy reading, arts and crafts, climbing, music, and anything else where I get to be creative. Above all, I love spending time with my son and my wife, making my words all the more meaningful in my life. I look forward to meeting you.       Take care, and always…write.

Robert Goodman
Linda Hallstrom

Linda Hallstrom enjoys writing poetry. She has worked as a high school English teacher, newspaper editor and columnist, and Community Relations Specialist for the Sioux Falls School District. She was recently inspired to share her appreciation of and passion for the benefits of poetic writing by the book "I Never Told Anybody" by Kenneth Koch. Look it up! Linda and Dr. Rosanne Kirts are also inspired by the example of Sarah Yerkes. Yerkes wrote her first poem at the age of 96 and published her first book of poetry at the age of 100. Kirts and Hallstrom believe that writing poetry can benefit anyone to become an enjoyable and meaningful craft. Yerkes referred to her new pastime as "chronic poetry" because it replaced her passion for Sudoku.
Ahva Halma

When I was young I did yoga with my mother on the beach, then I did yoga stretching before and after my dance performances for many years. I incorporated yoga with my dance students to warm them up and cool them down. Finally, I took training and achieved all the levels of YogaFit to become certified. Yoga has always been a lasting and enduring part of my life. Yoga gives me joy and peace. I hope to share this deep and abiding satisfaction with all my students.

Todd Halvorsen
Joseph Herreman
Elizabeth Hertz
Nathan Hofflander

Mr. Hofflander - Owner/Licensed UAS Pilot at DroneWise LLC has been teaching high school computer science and technology in Sioux Falls for 11 years. He has always been fascinated with flight and finally got a tiny drone as a gift from his wife while working at Sanford. He returned to teaching with the crazy idea of integrating drones with education. After being awarded a grant from the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation for The Volaré Project, the first high school drone program was established.

After strategically selecting and purchasing a small fleet of minidrones, the RHS Flight Club was established for students. Through Community Education, Mr. Hofflander wants to demystify drone technology for public interest and to promote the safe, responsible pursuit of using drones in our community. Drone technology has been integrated into two classes which exposes students to STEM education through programming and flight. Minidrones can be checked out by the building staff at Roosevelt for a variety tasks.

Mr. Hofflander is a husband and a proud father with four daughters and 1 baby boy at home who all must endure his love of drone activity. With drone technology, the Hofflander family photo just got more interesting.

Course offered by www.flydronewise.com

Visit The Volaré Project ? and ?RHS Flight Club websites

Mary Houska

I began my career as a Paramedic in Pennsylvania. I managed an ambulance service about an hour south of Pittsburgh. I moved to Sioux Falls SD to raise a family in 1992. I continued to volunteer as a Paramedic as I raised my children. I now work full time at the Avera Heart Hospital and as a BLS/ACLS Instructor with Heartstarters. I was born third to the last into a family of 9 children and started babysitting early. I have three children ages 35,25,23 and two grandchildren ages 1 and 6. I teach many life support courses for Community Ed and have combined several classes for the Super-Sitter program. Students from the Supersitter class don't just learn to watch children, they learn to play, feed and care for children. They learn how to identify risks and prevent injury and illness and know what to do in an emergency! I enjoy teaching people of all ages to be prepared to prevent injury and illness and what they can do should if they are on the scene of a victim needing help.

Makenzie Huber
Bryan Jensen
Bryan, a lifelong South Dakotan, is a multi-instrumentalist who has 20 years of experience playing guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, piano and violin. As someone who has learned a variety of instruments, he knows how important it is to encourage and support a student while at the same time making music and learning enjoyable. This has given Bryan a unique and comprehensive approach teaching how to learn an instrument and appreciating all genres of music. Bryan is a firm believer that learning an instrument is one of the most fulfilling and beneficial endeavors a person can take on. Numerous studies have shown the long term benefits of learning an instrument and it's Bryan's goal to make sure you get the most out of your experience while still having fun. Lessons will draw from pop music, rock & roll, country, jazz, oldies, blues and punk. Your child as a student will learn: chord formation & progression, rhythm, music theory, how to read sheet music and tablature, song structure, ear training, and many other practical skills and exercises!
Missy John

Hi, my name is Missy John and I have been training dogs for years in a variety of realms. I started in K9 Search and Rescue and evolved to working with dogs with severe behavior issues. My passion turned into a mission the more involved with dogs I became. I enjoy spending my free time playing with my dogs, volunteering for spay and neuter clinics in nearby Reservations, fostering dogs, and avid podcast listener (nerd alert!). Being able to share my experience and knowledge with other dog lovers, is a true blessing for me.
Lonnette Kelley

Published poet, author, and proprietor of 221 Melsted Place Bed and Breakfast Inn, Chef Lonnette Kelley will share stories from her victorian themed bed and breakfast and the experience and tips she has learned over the years ... from tea parties to Victorian dinners and brushes with dignitaries. Join your friends and come for an interesting delectable evening. She loves sharing her Victorian all-season spa, torchlight croquet, evening bonfires, pumpkin carriage rides, fresh garden produce, berry picking, bird watching, star gazing, special event receptions, and small weddings. Lonette openend her Bed & Breakfast 30 years ago since has published her custom cookbook titled My Signature Dish.

Meet Lonnette: https://www.dakotanewsnow.com/2020/08/12/someone-you-should-know-woman-writes-letters-to-bring-people-comfort-during-pandemic/

Skyler Kidd


I grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota born in 1995. From a young age I was attracted to the idea of creating art from different mediums. It wasn't until my senior year of high school where I found my passion for ceramics. In 2013, I graduated from Roosevelt High School and began cooking at a restaurant in Sioux Falls. On weekdays I would cook, but when the weekend came I was volunteering at a local ceramic workshop in the Washington Pavilion.

My inspiration derives from the environment around me. Living in South Dakota my whole life has opened my eyes to the vast amount of natural resources just below my feet. Integrating the Earth with my own work truly gives me a better respect for my surroundings.

My job as a ceramist is to create simple yet elegant forms that speak about functionality. A goal of mine is to dig deeper into the realm of nature and extraction of clay bodies to gain a better appreciation for my artwork. Furthermore, I’m excited to begin working with the chemistry aspect of ceramics by creating different, visually appealing glazes and slips, which will characterize my work.

In the fall of 2014, Kidd enrolled at the University of South Dakota, majoring in art education. In the span of four years at the university, Kidd completely changed his techniques as a potter by incorporating wood and salt firing methods into his work, rather than basic electric firings. These alternate firings involved tremendous amount of team work, strategy, patience, and knowledge, which in turn affect each ceramic vessel.

 

 

Dr. Rosanne Kirts

Dr. Rosanne Kirts was a teacher and administrator in the public school for 23 years and then an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of South Dakota for 15 years. She retired in 2012. She was recently inspired to share her appreciation of and passion for the benefits of poetic writing by the book "I Never Told Anybody" by Kenneth Koch. Look it up! Linda and Dr. Rosanne Kirts are also inspired by the example of Sarah Yerkes. Yerkes wrote her first poem at the age of 96 and published her first book of poetry at the age of 100. Kirts and Hallstrom believe that writing poetry can benefit anyone to become an enjoyable and meaningful craft. Yerkes referred to her new pastime as "chronic poetry" because it replaced her passion for Sudoku.
Andrea Koch
Andrea Koch is a part time middle school art teacher and full time creative. You can usually find her scoping out local gems, pondering her latest project, and soaking up South Dakota life with her family and animals. She earned her undergraduate degree at Black Hills State in Art Education with an endorsement in Special Education. She now lives on the flatter side of the state with her husband and animals, but South Dakota has always been where they call home!
She's excited to partner with Sioux Falls Community Education to help others dig into their own creativity!


Mark Koterwski

Mark Koterwski graduated from Gallaudet University in 1989. Mark has worked for Communication Service for the Deaf for almost 25 years as a Community Support Specialist. Mark has also worked in following areas: Community Support, Interpreting Mentor Program, Employment Services, American Sign Language Instructor, Advocacy, and Communication Assistance. Mark has worked with deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people with communication barriers for over 30 years in the states of Maryland, Washington D.C., Illinois, California, and South Dakota.

Jim Krekelberg
Jim Krekelberg has worked in accounting for 40+ years and recently retired from the Good Samaritan Society after 30 years. Married with two grown children and three grandkids. Jim has been involved with model railroading for the past 15 years when he joined the Dakota Southeastern Division, DSED, model railroad club after attending a similar ComEd class. He has held officer positions at both the local and region level. Jim has an N-scale model railroad at his home that has about 600 ft of track. He also has an N-scale traveling layout that goes to shows and events for kids to operate.
Robin Krommendyke
Aleta Lindell
Aleta (Jaspers) Lindell has a passion for helping people be their personal best. Her upbringing near Eden, SD, years as a teacher after graduating from the University of South Dakota, time as a nanny on the east coast, and study of Executive Leadership gave her experiences that lead her to the field of etiquette.

She is in her 17th year inspiring individuals in the world of leadership and social graces through Miss Jaspers' House in Sioux Falls, SD. Known for teaching fine dining classes, you will find Lindell helping youth touch up their manners, guiding high school students for formal events, and preparing adults to advance in the workplace. She is supported by grants to teach classes in area schools, offers seminars for various businesses and leadership academies, and volunteers with the elderly and Ronald McDonald House Charities. While Lindell spends much of her time being a support to others, she is never far from her own two daughters. Aleta is grateful for her husband Mark, who encourages her to be who God made her to be.
Jay Manning
Jay Manning has been deeply involved in modular model railroading for over 30 years working in both HO scale and N scale. He has been recognized by the National Model Railroad Association as a Master Scenery Builder. He is experienced in scenery construction from the flat plains of South Dakota to the mountains of the East Coast and South Dakota. He has taught classes and seminars at conventions and club shows for many years. One of his most popular classes "Mountain Making for Children" is a hands-on class for children where they build a mountain scene in about half an hour with their parents as observers-scenery building is great way to get family involvement in model railroading.
Steve McFarland
I have been playing guitar and bass professionally in Sioux Falls for the past 30 years! I also perform throughout the area and am happy to share my knowledge and love of music with students at two locations. With a B.A. from SDSU and a M.A. from Augustana, both in education, I love to motivate & reach students of all ages! I teach students ages 6 through adults, beginners and experienced on acoustic, bass and electric guitar, ukulele and banjo. Students with an electric guitar will need to bring their own amp to practice.
MaryGail Monahan
Lisa Myhre
Lisa brings her joy and passion for teaching and a lifelong experience in dance and the arts to the community! She has a Theater degree from Gustavus Adolphus College with an additional focus on choreography and dance. Lisa is a certified ballroom dance instructor and has been teaching ballroom, Latin, country, and swing dance since 2000 when she began training and teaching with Arthur Murray Minneapolis. Locally she has taught at DANCE Ballroom & Studio and through Community Education.
Lisa is currently a project manager and community ArtReach director for BronzeAge Art Casting in Sioux Falls, SD! She started with the foundry at it's inception in 2007 and has worked in most aspects of the lost-wax casting process from mold making to molten metal.
Elliott Neff

Elliott Neff is a National Master in Chess, author of A Pawn's Journey (October 2018), and Founder/CEO of Chess4Life,which exists to help kids develop life skills through the game of chess. What began for Elliott as a childhood fascination with chess has blossomed into an opportunity to positively impact hundreds of thousands of kids per week through Chess4Life programs. Elliott enjoys sharing his love of the game and especially the benefits of chess through speaking engagements, special appearances, simultaneous chess exhibitions, and blindfold chess demonstrations. His enthusiasm for making a difference in kids' lives through this fun game is contagious as he makes strategic moves toward the goal of reaching 1 MILLION kids per week learning life skills through chess. Learn more at www.chess4life.com.
Kristi Nimick

I first discovered working with glass when I was in high school and have loved it ever since. I enjoy working with all kinds of glass and am always playing with a new project. It's always exciting to learn how to make new glass designs and sharing them with friends. My inspiration is gathered from my family, friends, and everything around me.

Julie Ostroot
Julie Ostroot has been teaching in the SF area for several years. She serves as an organist at Asbury Methodist and also works as an Education Assistant at Cleveland Elementary. Having worked in music retail as well, she's familiar with several piano methods and teaching styles. Julie has her B.A. Degree in Music from Augustana and has taught lessons at SF Lutheran and the Augie Preparatory program. She also enjoys biking and jewelry making.
Archery Outfitters
Sioux Empire Paddlers


Sioux Empire Paddlers is a local nonprofit in the Sioux Falls area. Goal are to get more people paddling our local water ways, safety, and stewardship. We have been around since 2014 and hope to see you on the river. Our instructors: Will Wheeler has been an instructor for 2 years with our group and is from Sioux Falls SD. Friederike Gedge is our newest kayak instructor this year. She is from Brandon SD and is also a Boy Scout Troop Leader. Mitchell Joldersma has been a kayak instructor for 4 years and is from Sioux Falls SD.

Cherri Palmer

 

I was raised in the mid-west but moved away during the early years of my marriage to Robert. We spent over twenty years in the military and traveled to many stateside and oversea posts. During this time I started teaching adult education classed to military family members and also to family members of people that were attached to the military facilities. After retirement I made the change from teaching in military classrooms to civilian classrooms. I also have a personal business where I sell the work I do. I specialize in knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting, needle point and tapestry work. Robert and I have lived in Sioux Falls for six years and we have really enjoyed our time in this great city. I also love teaching for community ed.

Rosa Yrene Parsons

Learning Adventures Preschool- Sonia Sotomayor



My name is Yrene Parsons. I am originally from Peru. I studied Economics in my country for five years at the University of San Martin de Porres, Lima- Peru. I attended Augustana University, earning a bachelor's degree in Spanish. Before teaching with the Sioux Falls School District, I taught Spanish at Sioux Falls Lutheran School for two years. I also taught Zumba for five years. In teaching preschool at Sonia Sotomayor, I am able to combine my love of movement and dance with my teaching of the children. I love to teach my students to learn using all their senses, especially using movement in music, art and science. In my spare time, I love to hike with my family, traveling, being with friends, and shopping. I have taught at Mis Amigos Preschool since January 2018. I am so blessed to be part of a wonderful Community in Sioux Falls and be a little light in the life of these precious young people.

William Perry


Bill has been serving clients as a Financial Advisor since 2004. He believes that the best financial advice comes from a comprehensive understanding of his clients’ needs. He thoroughly enjoys working with families to help reach their financial goals through customized and personalized solutions. Many of his younger clients are proactive about preparing for retirement now so they can achieve the lifestyle they desire. Bill also enjoys working with clients who are entering the final stages of retirement planning, and with clients living in retirement to utilize and manage their funds appropriately. Bill earned his Accredited Asset Management Specialist. (AAMS®) designation in 2008. He attended Augustana College and is a member of the Downtown Lions Club and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE).

Bill is an affiliated instructor with a national organization called the Financial Educators Network. This Network offers courses on Life Planning and Retirement Planning at over 400 schools throughout the United States. He is also a Level Two archery instructor and enjoys volunteering his time teaching archery to individuals with disabilities. He is actively involved as a youth leader and teacher at his church. Bill’s wife, Anna, is a social worker at the VA Hospital and together they have two young daughters who will both be participating in the Spanish immersion program in the Sioux Falls School District. He is an avid reader, softball player and fan of eclectic music.

Neil Peterson


Neil Peterson has been singing and playing music his entire life. In addition to being a band, choir and orchestra director, he has been a music director at several churches and has taught individual lessons on any musical instrument for over a decade! A composer and performer, Neil loves helping students learn, play and sing their favorite songs they hear on the radio, youtube or their personal music collection.

Stephanie Peterson

Stephanie is a graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School and Augustana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She has eight years of political experience in Washington, DC where she worked on Capitol Hill for former Senator Tom Daschle.

Moving home to South Dakota in 2014 with her husband and two teenage sons has allowed Stephanie to reconnect with her roots and her passions. Last year, she founded Fruit of the Coop, LLC, a wholesale egg business, on their farm near the Big Sioux River and Brandon, South Dakota. In addition to selling eggs from her own flock of heritage chickens, she sources eggs from other small flocks within the Sioux Empire. All the chickens are pasture-raised on natural grains and forage, which gives the yolks of their eggs a deep golden color and strong shells. You can find her eggs at Cherry Rock Farm and Glory Garden (a local CSA) and served at Josiah's, Breadico and Morrie's Steakhouse. Stephanie believes in bringing local food to Sioux Falls area establishments and helping to revitalize small and mid-level agriculture in rural economies and communities. She also serves on the board for Dakota Rural Action and is active in DRA's local chapter, Homegrown Sioux Empire.

Mary Plummer Learning Adventures Preschool - Discovery
Fay Prairie


Fay Prairie is a certified counselor, personal life coach and speaker specializing in relationships and POSITIVE, empowering mindsets. She helps set you free from stress, anxiety, worry, negativity, DEPRESSION AND FRUSTRATION so you can start creating a life and relationships that you're excited to wake up to!
Monica Pugh
I have been making homemade jams for my family for over twenty years. My husband and I moved to Sioux Falls six years ago and love living here! Two years ago I started a jamming business, selling my award winning homemade jams and jellies at the Sioux Empire Farmer's Market at 8th & Railroad Center. I have also taken a course through SDSU Extension in Sioux Falls to become a Food Processing authority. I love learning and I receive great joy in helping others learn.
Josh Reinfeld

 


Josh is a licensed mental health therapist in Sioux Falls. Josh is a graduate of the University of South Dakota. Josh is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Josh has been a certified laughter yoga facilitator since 2019 and has since been using laughter as a tool in his therapy practice. Josh lives with his wife, daughter, and two dogs in Sioux Falls.
Community Relations
Markel Rios-Yanguas
Hi everyone! My name is Markel and I am a Kindergarten teacher at Rosa Parks (Dual Immersion Program). I was born and raised in Bilbao (north coast of Spain). I studied Elementary Education and Music Education at the University of the Basque Country. I also studied music and piano in a private school since I was 5, so music has been present during all my life since I was kid! Two years ago I was an intern at Sonia Sotomayor Spanish Immersion School and then, I decided to apply for a teaching job; and here I am! I am very excited to teach everyone one of my favorite hobbies! See you soon!

P.S. Markel is able to teach in Spanish for piano lessons too!

Dan Roberdeau
Dan Roberdeau is an experienced clarinetist that has held many positions within the music world! He has had the privilege of attending and having a more formal education at the Navy School of Music and then graduating with a degree in Music at Northwestern University. Dan comes to Community Education with an extensive background including performing with many great symphonies across the nation, teaching many students along the way at colleges and universities and submitting recordings for the Hal Leonard lesson books! After moving to Sioux Falls, he has continued to share his talent and love for the clarinet by offering individual clarinet lessons. Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, Dan will meet you where you are at and help you to grow as a musician!
Cathy Schneider
I am a married mother of three grown children and grandmother of three darling girls. I've been playing mahjong for 23 years. I have been in Sioux Falls for 28 years, but my love of games began as a farm girl in Hecla, SD, in the northeast corner of the state. My father's theory was if we were home playing games we wouldn't be running around getting into trouble! His plan didn't always work, but I am thankful for my family and my family of friends that I have met playing mah jongg!
Lyndsay Seivert

 

My name is Lyndsay Seivert; I am a mom, wife, full-time Registered Nurse, and Silver Leader with doTERRA Essential Oils. I have been using oils on myself and my family for over 2 years and providing education on oils for over a year. Learning about essential oils, what they are, how they work, and how to safely and properly use them can be overwhelming at first. I love to teach and educate on all the amazing benefits essential oils can provide, how to use them, when to use them, and how they work. Having a solid foundation of knowledge is vital for anyone looking to start utilizing essential oils in their everyday life, and I want to provide that foundation. Having the platform Community Education provides will give people interested in learning about natural options the opportunity to do so, and allowing me to continue to educate and enhance and empower lives with natural options.

 

Natalie Sorenson
It's time to run with scissors! Sioux Falls Community Ed is the best place to float your boat and fill your creative cup! There are so many ways to design. If you love color, texture, and enjoy the medium and the tools, you will likely blossom as you build your art! As a Jewelry Designer, Fashion Design graduate, Digital Artist, and the past ACE Knitting Lady, my focus may not be clear... I love to create, and I want you to love it too! JOE'S Garage is my studio where I have been creating JoeBobLeigh Jewelry since 2006, and have taught metals classes since 2012. Most of my classes involve torch work, like silver soldering, torch fired PMC (Precious Metal Clay), and enameling. During the colder months I also teach Brain to Brush beginning Painting, Circuit Sewing, and Lovikka Knitted Mittens. New this summer will be two Youth Classes: Bradlea Paper Dolls, and Kids Metals Camp. And finally, a personal interest in unconventional travel prompted me to teach an Airbnb Curiosity Class. -I just can't keep it in! I have lived in Sioux Falls since 1990 with my husband, where we raised our 3 daughters. Running with scissors is a metaphor for fearlessly creating!
Josh Sweets Josh and Maggie Sweets own, operate, feature professional photo shoots, and instruct classes West Sioux Studios. Our photography studio is a little bit different than the average studio in that it is completely open to the public by appointment! We currently have two fully stocked professional studios with lighting, props, backdrops, and seating for local hobbyists, amateurs, or professional photographers to book an hour at a time, or to join us as a member and receive open access to the space.
Christian Swenson
Dawn Szymik
Hello, my name is Dawn Szymik. I have been teaching Zumba since 2009. Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party!! Since I was introduced to Zumba I knew this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I have always had a passion for dance and fitness. I used to be 260 pounds, and in the journey of losing weight I knew it was my mission to help inspire others! Zumba has changed my life because it has given me back happiness, a purpose, and a mission to help others through what ever journey they are on! I stage my classes in a club style environment to create a comfortable, non-intimidating, party like atmosphere. If you have never taken a Zumba class, please come try it with me! We love to laugh, shake, sweat, dance, and most importantly have FUN!!!!
Lynn Thomason
Lynn Marie Stetler Thomason was reared in Waverly, Pennsylvania and started to learn Latin in the 7th grade. She graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in Greek and Latin and a double minor in education and music. She received a Masters of Science in Library Science with a specialization in Health Information Management from the Catholic University of American in Washington, DC. Lynn loves teaching Latin to students at Lincoln and O'Gorman! She resides in Sioux Falls with her husband. She started taking piano lessons in the first grade and continued all the way through college! Lynn is a trained accompanist for both instrumentalists and vocalists. One of her favorite musical activities is to play in piano-organ duets!
James Trett
Nels Truelson

National Chess Master Nels Truelson has been state champion of both South Dakota where he won the title a record 12 times, and Minnesota where he was inducted into the state's Chess Hall of Fame. He has shared his passion for teaching chess many places including MN schools and summer chess camps coach. His proven method to success at chess involves your discovery of the game's fundamental question: How to make your pieces "do" more than your opponent's pieces? Here he is in an 'historical image' from 1976, playing blindfolded against seven students and a computer. How cool is that?
Levi Tvedt
Troy Vink


Master Troy Vink 

Sioux Falls Taekwondo in Action:    https://youtu.be/f_ACBUkxtMg

I started Taekwondo when I was 14 yrs. old and now I am forty____ ... I can let you do the math. I obviously have a love and passion for this! I am a 5th degree black belt and have been teaching for over 25 years now. Over 15 years have now been with Community Education in Sioux Falls. I have the pleasure of teaching students the aspects of Respect, Confidence, and Discipline. I cannot think of many things in my life that has been more gratifying than the companionship and connection that I have through this experience.

Kathy Weinstein
Cassandra Willett


Cassandra Willett is a WPA certified SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) instructor who was certified by the professional ocean athlete Gillian Gibree in San Diego through Paddle Into Fitness. While growing up in Flandreau, South Dakota she spent most of her summers swimming, playing sports, and being outdoors. She is married to Reginald Willett, who also helps her with Flow and Paddle. She enjoys spending time traveling, hanging out with family and friends, and being in the yoga studio or gym! Cassandra is enrolled for her Yoga Teacher Training of 200 hours through Yoga Alliance and plans to teach kids yoga in the future. We are blessed to be a part of such a great community. I hope to provide each of the students with knowledge of paddle boarding and water safety instruction so each of you will be comfortable getting on the paddle boards and walking on water with us.
Siouxland Woodturners

The Siouxland Woodturner's (SWT) is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). The AAW is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the woodturning craft. Our mission is to provide information, education, a meeting place, and an effective organization for all who are interested in turning wood.

 

Sarah Young, Align Bus Development
Sarah has been in the bookkeeping & accounting business for over 18 years learning what works and what doesn't when creating and running a small business. Some common factors she's noticed are the lack of time, the many different hats we wear at all times (wanted or not wanted) and the difficulties in passing things to employees or outsourcing. She chose to create a bigger impact through teaching others with the exact proven process she created to help more businesses online. "Being in similar shoes as most small businesses, I've seen and pushed through my own small business struggles and would love to pass those findings along to others. Over the years I've learned what works and what doesn't when it comes to book-work, business, and planning. That is exactly why I created Align Business Development. I want to create a community of people like me - who have a desire to make an impact, and are willing to put in the work to make it happen."