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2019 SDEA/NEA Election

4/6/2019

2019 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 Steve O'Brien, sobrien302@aol.com, or Elections Committee liaison Anne Plooster, Anne.Plooster@sdea.org

Treasurer Candidate: 

Kim Soldatke
To be the treasurer of SDEA is an awesome responsibility and honor that takes diligence, commitment and passion among other skills. Education and our Association are my passion. I have taught middle school students in Sioux Falls for 27 years. My son is a 4th grade teacher in Belle Fourche, while my daughter is an elementary Special Education teacher in Alcester. Public education and the long term success of SDEA are extremely important to me. I encourage you to ask questions and offer ideas to continue moving our organization forward. Together we are stronger. It will be an honor to continue to serve as your SDEA Treasurer.

Board of Director Member Candidates:

Eastern Prairie 
Danyelle Cleveland
If selected to serve on the SDEA/NEA Board of Directors, I would advocate for our profession through meaningful conversations with members of the BOD and SDEA.  I believe I will be successful in assisting our organization to empower and support local associations, leaders, and members. Thank you for your consideration. 

Lisa Jennings
Let me put my years of local, state and national association experience to work for you. I know the importance of having educators, in every category, involved in the discussions that happen around the direction of public education and I promise to represent you to the best of my ability.  

Educators Guiding Learners 
Garrett Priest
I’m Garrett Priest and am running for the Board of Director position for the EGL unit. I work as a teacher and coach at Watertown High School. I have experience as a coach, advisor, school board member, and small business owner. I am in my fifth year of teaching.  

Stephanie Hageman 
I have had the great fortune of working with K-12 and COHE members across the state as current EGL President.  I would be my privilege to continue to advocate for and be the voice of these members at the state level by serving on the SDEA Board of Directors.

Western
David Sommers
I’ve been proud to serve on the Board of Directors the past four years. I believe we are at a pivotal moment in our Association and there is much work to be done. I hope to be a part of that work if reelected to the Board.
 
Brett Klopp
I am running to be a Board of Director’s Member of the Western Unit.  I am doing so because I am a young teacher and want to start out my career strong by learning about and being a part of as much as I can to become a better educator.  

Charles Arseneault
I believe in strong leadership roles and that is why I am submitting my name as a candidate for a Western Unit Board of Directors position. I believe I have valuable assets that I can contribute to SDEA. Please vote for me as a Western Unit BOD member. 

Plains
Greg Murley
I am Greg Murley, I am currently the President of the Aberdeen Education Association.  I teach at Holgate Middle School.  I also am the head cross country and track coach.  I am running for the SDEA Board to promote transparency and fiscal responsibility. 

 
Pam Wells
I would be honored to be able to continue as a Director on the SDEA Board for the Plains Unit. The past two years on the Board have provided opportunities for me to learn about the Association and promote its work in my unit. I would appreciate your vote. 

Southeast Educators
2-year term
Martin Sieverding
(Statement not available)

1-year term
Sue May
I have been a member of Yankton EA/SDEA for 21 years.  I have served my local on negotiations and as Co-President the last two years.  I regularly attend SEE meetings and statewide leadership trainings.  I would welcome the opportunity to represent educators on the SDEA board. 

Minority At-Large
Curt Anderson
(Statement not available)

COHE
Mark Geary
(Statement not available)

NEA/RA Delegates Candidates:

Eastern Prairie
Virginia Colgan
To serve South Dakota teachers as NEA RA delegate for 2019, I will use my two years of experience as a previous RA delegate to take an active role.  I will use writing skills and ability to network to benefit South Dakota students and teachers.
 
Jennifer Bergan Gabor
It would be an honor to represent SDEA at the NEA RA. As one of the representatives for Eastern Prairie on the SDEA BOD, as well as a local leaders, I feel that I have the best interests for all levels of the association.
 
Tony Martinet
(Statement not available)

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. 

Western
Dana Livermont
Our delegation at the NEA RA is small. That’s why it is so important for us to elect strong, advocating voices to speak for South Dakota. I am up for the challenge and would be honored to again represent my fellow members at the NEA RA in 2019.
 
Brett Klopp 
I am running to be an NEA/RA Delegate for the Western Unit.  I wish to be involved in discussions and debates concerning the future of the association and its implementation towards the betterment of teachers’ lives and by extension to the success of students. 

Curt Anderson
My name is Curt Anderson I’ve been teaching for nineteen years.  I’m a 2nd grade teacher at Rockyford school Oglala Lakota County Schools.    I have attended the NEA annual meeting for the past three years.  I would be proud to attend again and represent our state.  Thanks Curt Anderson

Stephanie Hunter 
Hello!  I am Stephanie Hunter and I am wanting to serve you as a delegate for the 2019 NEA RA.  I was honored to represent you last year and humbly ask for your vote to attend the 2019 RA.  Together we are stronger, and our voices are heard.  Thank you! 

Plains
Pam Wells
I would be honored to be able to represent the educators of South Dakota at the NEA RA in 2019. 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. 

Educators Guiding Learners 
Stephanie Hageman 
Last year was my first year serving as a NEA-RA Delegate and it allowed me to understand association business on another level.  As current EGL President, I have had the opportunity to work with K-12 and COHE members and would be honored to represent you in the future. 

Minority At-Large
Curt Anderson
My name is Curt Anderson I’ve been teaching for nineteen years.  I’m a 2nd grade teacher at Rockyford school Oglala Lakota County Schools.    I have attended the NEA annual meeting for the past three years.  I would be proud to attend again and represent our state.  Thanks Curt Anderson

NEA/RA Delegate-At-Large
(Statements listed above)
Stephanie Hageman
Brett Klopp
Dana Livermont
Virginia Colgan
Pam Wells
Stephanie Hunter
Jennifer Bergan Gabor
Curt Anderson
Lisa Jennings
Tony Martinet