Course Listing - by Instructor

NameBiography
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.

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. 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.

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!

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.

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/
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.
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.

Darla Halvorsen


3feathersWoodWorks began last February in our small garage. Todd has always loved woodworking and works at a job where many pallets are used. So he had seen some pallets that some really cool wood used in them and decided to pull them apart and make some wooden wall art. The business has flourished since this past September and both Todd and Darla are our working in the garage just about every night making different wood art! Todd does all the cutting and Darla does all the design and staining. It is a lot of fun to put pieces together and try different colors and see how it turns out!! We hope you will try it with us!!

Todd Halvorsen
Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club
Steve Henning
Joseph Herreman
Nathan Hofflander

Mr. Hofflander - Owner/Licensed UAS Pilot at DroneWise LLC has been teaching high school computer science and technology in Sioux Falls for 9 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 at home who endure his love of drone activity. With drone technology, the Hofflander family photo just got more interesting.

Course offered by DroneWise LLC

Visit The Volaré Project ? and ?RHS Flight Club websites

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.
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.

 

 

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!


Casey LaBue
Gerrad LaBue
Sarah Larson
After spending 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, my family and I headed back to my hometown roots of Sioux Falls, SD last spring. What a journey it has been! It has been so exciting to get involved with the art community here. I have a BA in studio Art. I am an art lover, appreciator and creator who is inspired by fashion, theater, vintage, design and color. I have sewn both professionally and personally for over 15 years, visual managed display and merchandising for over a decade in retail (Anthropologie), managed textile design and event sewing production/installation, styled/tailored for the marketing vehicles for Old Navy HQ, and most recently costumed for DAPA and LHS. I have such an appreciation for art and design and love to create in many different mediums!
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. Two years ago I began teaching myself Ukulele and Banjo by using the same methodologies used in teaching others. 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
Archery Outfitters
Rosa Yrene Parsons
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.

Mary Plummer
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.
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."
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!
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!


Cathy Schneider
I am a married mother of three grown children and grandmother of three darling girls. I've been playing mahjong for 17 years. I have been in Sioux Falls for 22 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!
Heidi Schrag
I was born and raised in southeastern South Dakota (Freeman), and ended up in Sioux Falls to attend Augustana College, which is where I've been ever since. Several years ago, I drove by Dakota Stained Glass and saw a sign advertising beginning stained glass classes. I signed up and fell in love with the process of copper foiled stained glass. I have taken several different classes in stained glass technique, but always seem to come back to the copper foil method. After giving friends and family a lot of stained glass sun catchers and ornaments as gifts, I've begun selling my pieces at local craft fairs and shows throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. My creations tend to be funky, unique and whimsical, definitely all one of kinds!
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.

 

Randy Smith
After studying Physics & Electrical Engineering at SDSM&T my attention turned to matters of health, and I went on to attain a Master's Degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. I now co-operate R & R Transformational Healing with my wife Rita. I have a holistic practice and strive to help people with acupuncture, traditional herbal therapy, lifestyle guidance, and more. I also love to give people tools that help to improve their mind-body-spirit health by teaching such things as meditation, tai chi, & healthy eating.
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!


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!!!!
Rita Taylor

I feel like my life has been a journey of discovering the many tools available for healing. Since I was a little girl, my dreams and life choices have centered around being able to help others. After a short career as a pharmacist, I moved on to a more holistic approach with Reiki and Massage Therapy. After returning from Thailand, where I learned their traditional massage, I met my husband Randy who runs R & R Transformational Healing with me. Since then I have added crystal healing, energetic jewelry design, and sound therapy with crystal singing bowls and tuning forks to my "tool box". My passion is to continue learning and assisting others in their own journeys.

Tracy Vik
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 45.... 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. I "think" that close to, if not 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.

Molly Wilson
Kali Wipf