I am Paula Weydert, member of the Yankton EA and 4th grade teacher. I am in my 40th year of teaching and have been a member of SDEA for most of those years.
When I started teaching in SD, I didn’t join the association because I didn’t “get” its value. Eventually, I realized the difference that belonging to an EA made in every aspect of my job. We had a voice in every discussion of our salaries, benefits, leaves, and even the school calendar! I realized the support and expertise we received from SDEA.
I became a believer, and even more, I became involved: working on committees, interviewing legislative candidates, serving in local offices. Now, I “get” it, and I am a proud member!