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2018 SDEA/NEA Election

4/7/2018

2018 SDEA/NEA Candidate Statements

Because the SDEA Board of Directors races are completely uncontested this year, the SDEA Board of Directors decided the ballots would not contain these races.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact SDEA President Mary McCorkle, Mary.McCorkle@sdea.org, Elections Committee Chair Kim Soldatke, k.soldatke@yahoo.com, or Elections Committee liaison Anne Plooster, Anne.Plooster@sdea.org

Board of Director Member Candidates:

Eastern Prairie 
Dawn Wiebers
I am running for the two year Eastern Prairie Board of Directors Position.  As a current board member for Eastern Prairie, I want to continue enhancing my professional goals by serving on the board.  I want to stay involved with state issues and an SDEA Board Position affords this opportunity.

Jennifer Bergan Gabor
As a 25 year member of SDEA, I am interested in being a voice on the SDEA BOD representing Eastern Prairie. I will do my best for all members. No voice will go unheard. We are stronger together.

Educators Guiding Learners 
Carri Hales
I was a Yankton Education Association member for 10 years and have been a SDSU COHE member for 7 years.  My range of experience has allowed me to develop a common-sense approach to decision making and if chosen, would be honored to serve in the EGL Board of Director position.

Western
Steven Chase
It has been a privilege and a great opportunity to be a Western Unit Representative for the South Dakota Education Association Board of Directors.  I would be honored to continue representing the Western Unit.  As a board member, I will continue to advocate for SDEA and South Dakota’s public education.

Plains
Tess L. Canet
I am Tess Canet.  I have served on the SDEA Board of Directors, representing the Plains Unit for the last few years.  I would like to continue being a strong voice for the members of the Plains Unit.  Your vote would be greatly appreciated. 

Minority At-Large
Dennis Simon
I would like to enter my name as a candidate for the Minority at Large Board position for the SDEA. Having served on the board the last 2 years, I feel it is vital to continue the work we have begun on racial and social justice.

NEA/RA Delegates Candidates:

Eastern Prairie
Dawn Wiebers
I am running for the Eastern Prairie RA. This would be a great opportunity for me to experience the political action at the NEA level.  This would also be a first for me and an experience I would be able to share with other. 

Danyelle Cleveland
(Statement not available)

Hilda Esperanza Langle
I am a Spanish Immersion teacher for the Sioux Falls District and I believe that we all are citizens of our schools, we all speak the same language with different accents; and we all have the right to the same education. Allow me to represent you.

Lisa Jennings
I believe in the mission of SDEA/NEA and would like to be your voice at the NEA RA.  I have the knowledge and experience to represent all educators at the national level.  It would be an honor to serve in this capacity for the students and educators of South Dakota. 

Virginia Colgan
If elected to be an NEA RA delegate, I will serve my second year as a fully informed participant by studying the issues that will be voted on this year. My strength is in my writing abilities and hope to work with others to amend language that empowers public education.

Tony Martinet
I am the debate coach/teacher at Lincoln HS. As a candidate for SFEA president, I would honor the privilege to represent SD and strengthen the connection between all levels of the association: Local, State, National. I am committed to the association’s ability to protect, promote, and propel the education profession. 

Jennifer Bergan Gabor
I would be honored to represent in Minneapolis. I am passionate about doing the business of the association at all levels. Gaining a better understanding of what other states deal with is important to our state. 

Western
Darcy (Randle) Winger
Hi! I’m Darcy (Randle) Winger, your SD representative to the NEA Resolutions Committee. It has been a privilege to serve in that capacity, as well, as to serve as a South Dakota delegate to the NEARA. I would appreciate your vote to continue as a voice for SD educators.

Sue Podoll
Representing the educators of South Dakota at the annual NEA convention is a great honor and privilege. I would appreciate your support.

Stephanie Hunter
My name is Stephanie Hunter, and I have been a teacher for more than 20 years.  I would be honored to represent fellow educators from the great state of South Dakota at the National Representative Assembly.   Thank you for your consideration.  

Dana Livermont
Many thanks for allowing me to represent YOU, my fellow members from Western and all of South Dakota at the NEA RA the past two years. I am so passionate about the work and would be honored if you would allow me to serve you again this year in Minneapolis. 

Rachel Rasmussen
I have been a strong supporter of public education and continue to work in a variety of association roles. There are many challenges facing public schools. I am a firm believer that by working together we can improve our schools and the teaching profession for the benefit of our students.  

David Sommers
I’ve had the privilege of serving SDEA in many capacities the last few years including being a representative at the NEA RA, BOD member and Western Uniserv Chairman. I would love to be able to represent the state and my district in that capacity again.

Robin Cline
I’ve been a Rapid City Education Association member for 15 years.  I am a Program Specialist for Rapid City Area Schools and have been a special educator since 1986.  I have been honored to serve as NEA Delegate the last three years and would love to represent our teachers again!

Plains 
Pam K. Wells
I would be honored to be able to represent the educators of South Dakota at the NEA RA in Minneapolis. As an active SDEA/NEA member, I am dedicated to building a strong association at all levels for the success of students, public schools, and school staff. Thank you for voting. 

Robin Curtis
Greetings SDEA Members! I am Robin Curtis, and I am running for the NEA Representative Assembly Delegate to further engage in our professional association. The NEA RA presents opportunities for me to network and assist with doing work for to move the teaching profession as well as support staff forward.

Educators Guiding Learners 
Stephanie Hageman
I would be honored to represent SD at the NEA-RA.  As current EGL President, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with members at various levels of education in SD.  I look forward to advocating for these members as well as public education at the national level.

Carri Hales
(See Board of Director member candidate statement)

NEA/RA Delegate-At-Large
(Statements listed above)

Joyce Scranton-Blaas (Statement not available)
Sue Podoll
Darcy (Randle) Winger
Dana Livermont
Lisa Jennings
Stephanie Hageman
Hilda Esperanza Langle
Rachel Rasmussen
David Sommers
Robin Curtis
Curtis Anderson
Danyelle Cleveland
Virginia Colgan
Dawn Wiebers
Pam K. Wells
Tony Martinet
Stephanie Hunter
Jennifer Bergan Gabor
Carri Hales
Robin Cline

NEA/RA Ethnic Delegate-At-Large

Jacqueline Myers
(Statement not available)

Hilda Esperanza Langle
I am a Spanish Immersion teacher for the Sioux Falls District and I believe that we all are citizens of our schools, we all speak the same language with different accents; and we all have the right to the same education. Hilda Esperanza Langle for the Minority.

Curtis Anderson
(Statement not available)