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Name Biography
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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.
Robin Bertelsen Robin is a lifelong student and teacher of movement with years of experience participating in and teaching dance, yoga and competitive jump rope. She is an always moving homeschooling mother to 4 boys and one dog.
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. I later moved 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. In the afternoon, I love working for the Sioux Falls School District at John Harris, Kids Inc. 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.

Kim Bowman
Rich Brubakken
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.

Ali Dunbar (Hoffman)

Ali Dunbar (Hoffman) serves as the band director at Pettigrew Elementary where she teaches fifth grade band and is one of three band directors at Patrick Henry Middle School where she teaches sixth through eighth grade band.  She was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from Augustana College and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Sioux Falls. She has taught instrumental and vocal music in South Dakota from the Kindergarten to Eighth grade level.  In addition to her duties as a band director, she maintains a music studio teaching over 30 clarinet and piano students privately, has served as an instrumental clinician around the state of South Dakota, is the manager of the Festival of Bands USA Marching Band Competition in Sioux Falls, SD, directs the Summer Youth Bands through the Sioux Falls School District and actively serves on educational leadership committees throughout her school district.


Dan Fischer
Daniela Garcia
Art Glass Co-op Art Glass Co-op is a group of passionate local glass artists who are dedicated to expanding and continuing the love of lifelong learning in our community and sharing their gifts of stained glass and fused glass artistry.
Kristi Nimick, Rich Brubakken, Kathy Weinstein, Diane Smith are among the artists collaboratively teaching stained glass, glass fusing, and mosaic work.
Chris Haak Biography coming soon...please check back!
Joshua Hall
Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club
Tim Hazlett
Nicole Highby
My name is Nicole Highby. I am a first-grade teacher here in Sioux Falls and have been teaching for 11 years! I have a passion for STEAM and technology! I am also a soccer coach, I volunteer at Horse Power and am an avid quilter. My family and I live in the country and have great passion for animals and all things outdoors. We love to camp, hike, kayak, ride bike, and we all play soccer!
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.
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!


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.
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.
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.

Toni Oberg
Renae Oines
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.

Rosa Yrene Parsons

Sonia Sotomayor Preschool Teacher



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.

Mary Plummer LAP Discovery Teacher
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.
Laura Raeder
Lisa Rinaldo
Lisa Rinaldo is a retired elementary teacher, with many years of experience in teaching art to children and adults. She enjoys breaking projects down into steps, then watching as each person's "internal artist" comes out to play! "Art is about immersing yourself in the process more than the outcome."
Ryan Schiebout
 

Ryan Schiebout-USJA Shodan-

Ryan began his study of Judo in 2010 at Jae Ho Sim's Martial Arts Academy in Sioux Falls, SD. He is a certified black belt with both USJA and USA Judo and is a nationally certified Judo Coach through USJA!
After receiving his black belt in 2014 he followed his dream and opened his own gym, Sioux Falls Hapkido and Judo Club. He has designed classes for any age student and is able to offer training for any skill level. He has coached his students in both local and regional Judo tournaments and has a nationally ranked student.
Ryan's is passionate about judo and enjoys sharing his knowledge with his students. He believes that anything can be accomplished through hard work and dedication!


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!
Jim Sternick


 

Jim Sternick-USA Judo Nidan-
Jim is a second degree black belt and certified judo coach who began his career in 1985 at the age of seven! Since that time he has had the opportunity to train at a variety of clubs throughout the United States. He also practiced at dojos in Europe and Japan. Mr. Sternick competed extensively at the national and international level. Highlights include a junior national championship and a gold medal at the 1999 USA Judo National Ladder Tournament! He continued to compete at the senior elite level until 2006 and remains active in master's level tournaments today.

Jim is passionate about sharing his judo knowledge with others and thoroughly enjoys helping students realize their potential in this Olympic sport!


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.
Sioux Falls Sword Academy


My name is Jesse Adams and I am originally from the Bemidji area in Northern Minnesota, and moved to Sioux Falls six years ago. Up north I ran a Dojang (training gym) for nearly ten years before moving to the Sioux Falls area to support my wife's career. I feel very fortunate to be able to continue offering Kumdo/Kendo classes to the great people in our region! My training began nearly sixteen years ago, during which I have enjoyed the opportunity of traveling overseas on a number of occasions. I believe strongly in both the physical and emotional benefits of martial arts practice! The study of the sword specifically is an excellent method of pursuing a deeper understanding of ourselves while enjoying being active. I look forward to seeing you in class!

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!!!!
Tracy Vik
Such A Voice Such A Voice Qualified Instructor can vary
Briget Renshaw or
Robin Brooke will be the instructor for the course.

Robin Brooke is an International Voice Over Artist who fell in love with the industry over 20 years ago while doing a morning drive radio stint between theatre jobs. With a long career in professional touring and regional theatre, Robin’s forte is versatility. Whether it’s voicing the antics of 10 year old boy, Little Spirou in Mediatoon’s Little Spirou series, dubbing leading Telemundo Telenovela villains to English, voicing training modules for the Military of Singapore or Norwegian Cruise Lines, reading a steamy romance for Audible, voicing Glenda the Good Witch for Alexa’s interactive version of The Wizard of Oz, bringing life to a leading female Warrior for a PS4 game, or having her voice heard in museums and hotel lobbies throughout the world- Robin has fun with each project. For the past 5 years she has coached acting and character voices for VO, mic technique, and “out of the box” marketing. Robin continues to create voices, both in her state of the art home studio and on the stage, where she is the founder and executive producing director of the New River Valley Regional Theatre, a professional non-profit theatre in the mountains of Southwest Virginia.
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.
Molly Wilson LAP Program Coordinator & John Harris LAP Teacher