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2020 SDEA/NEA Election

4/6/2019

2020 SDEA/NEA Candidate List

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

President Candidates: 
Linda Stevens – 
mrs.lindasuestevens@gmail.com | 605-660-5064
My heart is in teaching.  I have been an educator longer than I have been anything else in life. SDEA was formed to be an educator’s professional organization and I believe that only an educator, who has been in the classroom day after day, has the first-hand experience necessary to lead SDEA. For 42 years I have taught in small and large school districts as a special education teacher and in the elementary school. As a third-generation educator, I have been active in our state and national organizations, having been a member of NEA/SDEA for 44 years. I was elected twice as a delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly. I am a SDEA “Honored Women Educator” inductee.  As President of YEA, I have served on our negotiation team and represented our members at an impasse administrative hearing in Pierre. Please vote for me to be the next President of SDEA.

Jennifer Bergan Gabor – Jennifer.BerganGabor@gmail.com | 605-520-5115
Why me? 
Why now?

As your president, I am willing to do the hard work to unite teachers, support staff, and clerical together as educators who make a difference in the lives of our students.

During my 27 years as a member, I have been involved in the association in many ways and in doing so, SDEA has given me a chance to grow professionally. Now it is my turn to support others and lead this association forward.

The future of this organization is too important to believe that we can continue doing what we have always done.  As professionals, it is time to demand that we be treated as professionals. We need to change the narrative about all education professionals.  We need to command respect from our government leaders and our communities. As an association, we need to stand together and lead for our students.

The future is now!
 
Loren Paul – lorenpaul118@gmail.com | 605-280-0686
I have worked in service of our members for over 26 years on staff at SDEA, and I am now a classified member in the Pierre School District. Through my work at SDEA, I have formed relationships with local and state leaders and have proven my commitment to providing real value to members.

Your voices should be the driving force behind our association, and I promise to listen to YOU, the members, so we can work together to positively impact both students and educators across our state.

As President, I will ensure our association has a strong, visible presence in all arenas where decisions are made about education—from the bargaining table to the capitol.

Our organization needs to bring our profession together as one voice. A vote for Loren Paul for President, Stephanie Hageman for Vice President, and Dana Livermont for NEA Director does that.

Vice-President Candidate:
Stephanie Hageman – hagemans42@gmail.com | 605-860-2200
I have been in education for over 20 years and am a proven leader for our members in many ways. I currently serve as SDEA Board Member for EGL, EGL Unit Chair, and Lead Negotiator for Watertown Education Association. I am passionate about advocating for educators, students, and our profession. I work hard to ensure the voice of our members is heard at the national, state, and local levels. As a member of the Executive Leadership team, my voice will continue to be your voice. As Vice President, I will help SDEA build new leaders throughout our organization, support locals in bargaining and local issues they face, and provide strong, relevant professional development for both classified and certified members. Our organization needs to bring our profession together as one voice. A vote for Loren Paul for President, Stephanie Hageman for Vice President, and Dana Livermont for NEA Director does that. 

NEA Director Candidate:
Leslie Crow – misscrow55@gmail.com | 605-319-0554
Our communities need more educated Native American individuals to inspire them, and as NEA Director I can create more positive growth and meaning in our children lives as well as for our future generations. I am committed to providing a strong presence in state and national decision-making.

I can provide a lens of knowledge to our schools as well as bring diversity to the leadership roles of our public school systems.  I believe as NEA Director, we (SDEA) will shine light on the importance of education for our families and community members like never before. I sincerely believe I can make a positive impact as a whole through leadership experiences as NEA Director.     

As a true South Dakotan, I am committed to embracing positive change and creating an equitable perspective for our organization. My aim is to contribute to the growth of SDEA for educators across South Dakota. 

Dana Livermont – drlivermont@gmail.com | 605-280-0710
As a member for over 10 years, I have grown as a leader through many association roles, including Rapid City Education Association negotiator, Vice President, and Co-President, Western Unit Vice Chair, and SDEA Board Member for Western.

SDEA’s power comes from engaging our members and serving their needs. As a part of a new leadership team, we can grow a stronger association—one built with a vision, transparency, and shared decision-making. 

As NEA Director, I will be a conduit to share NEA resources and opportunities with SDEA and its members. I promise to be a strong voice for our unique state at the national level and on Capitol Hill–one that represents ALL our members, certified and classified alike.

Our organization needs to bring our profession together as one voice. A vote for Loren Paul for President, Stephanie Hageman for Vice President, and Dana Livermont for NEA Director does that.

Board of Director Candidates:

Eastern Prairie 
Dawn Wiebers
I (Dawn Wiebers) am running for the 2 Year Eastern Prairie Board of Directors Position.  I want to continue enhancing my professional goals, stay involved with state issues; continue assisting Eastern Prairie members and my local members through this SDEA Board Position. 

open position

Educators Guiding Learners 
open position

Western
open position

Plains
Tess L. Canet 
I am running for re-election to the Board of Directors for the Plains Unit because I have a strong belief in the success of our association.  I believe advocacy for members is vital to our association and that our members deserve someone who will speak up for them.

Doyle Johnson
My name is Doyle Johnson.  I am a Social Studies teacher and Head Wrestling Coach at Andes Central High School.  I am also a certified High School Football Official, and a volunteer coach for Special Olympics South Dakota.  I am married, with two children, Cameron and Megan.  

Southeast Educators
Sue May
I’m running for the SEE Board of Directors.  I’m completing my first year on the board representing SEE.  I’ve served in my local as Co-President.  I enjoy my involvement in SDEA leadership trainings.  I would appreciate the opportunity to continue representing the locals in SEE on the Board of Directors.

ESP At-Large
Heather Harmon
Homeschool mom, substitute, and current paraprofessional. ALL staff are important for a students’ success. I’ve served at local negotiations and RA delegate at state/national levels. I’m your current ESP At-Large; I’d like to continue serving all ESPs of SD. I know what it means to work hard and be undervalued. 

NEA/RA Delegates Candidates:

Eastern Prairie
Tony Martinet
I am the local president in Sioux Falls. I have been honored to represent South Dakota on the NEA Resolutions Committee for the past two years. I want to continue to bring South Dakota’s voice to the national level and bring important information from the RA back to SDEA members.

Danyelle Cleveland
I would be honored to represent our members at this year’s NEA RA. Having been active at the local level and currently serving on the state BOD, the opportunity to attend my first RA would allow me to strengthen my skills in serving all members in SD.

Jennifer Bergan Gabor
I want to represent Eastern Prairie at the NEA-RA. Many issues that have been discussed and voted on at other NEA-RAs are slowly finding their way to SD.  Gaining a better understanding of what other states deal with is important, and by working with them, we can grow in SD. 

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
Curt Anderson
My name is Curt Anderson I’ve been teaching for twenty 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

David Sommers
I would love the opportunity to represent both my Unit and the State at the NEA RA in Atlanta this year. I believe it very important to stay in tune with the vital issues facing teachers in our country. Thank you for your consideration.

Heather Harmon
I would like to attend the NEA RA as a state representative this year. I attended last year as a local and would like more experience as I now know the ropes and can focus even further and take advantage of trainings as well as connections available.

Plains
Pam Wells
I would appreciate your support and vote to be a delegate to the 2020 NEA-RA. Serving as a delegate in 2018 was a privilege and I would like to be a voice for the Plains Unit or At-Large again this year. Thank you for your vote!

Doyle Johnson
My name is Doyle Johnson.  I am a Social Studies teacher and Head Wrestling Coach at Andes Central High School.  I am also a certified High School Football Official, and a volunteer coach for Special Olympics South Dakota.  I am married, with two children, Cameron and Megan. 

Krista McCorkle
I previously have been an active voice in discussions at the NEA RA. This is an opportunity to continue to advocate for public education at the national level. At the NEA RA, I want to work towards providing the best education for all of our students.

Leslie Crow
My priority is a high-quality education for students and teachers alike. I am committed to embracing positive change and an equitable perspective for our organization. My aim is to contribute to the growth of SDEA for educators across South Dakota.

Loren Paul
I would be honored to represent the members of SDEA at the NEA RA in 2020.  SDEA is a member driven organization, and I feel I would be a good representative as I have spent the last 13 years in the field working on ESP, K-12, and Higher Education issues.

Educators Guiding Learners 
Stephanie Hageman
I would be honored to serve on the South Dakota Delegation at the NEA-RA. You have allowed me to represent you in this capacity the past two years and will use my experience to ensure the voice of all South Dakota educators is heard at the national level. 

Southeast Educators 
Kayla Sylvester
I’m an early-career educator. I previously taught at a colony and first-grade.  I’m currently Yankton’s ESL specialist. I’m active in SDEA. I serve on Epic, the Racial and Social-Justice Advisory Council, and attended the NEA Leaders for Just Schools training. I’d like to bring a fresh perspective to the RA.

Chelsea Hauger
I have been a special education teacher and SDEA member for seven years. I am in my first year as YEA Co-President. I would love to be able to attend the RA and represent our state to help us continue to build a strong association.

Jamie VanWinkle
My name is Jamie VanWinkle.  I am Yankton Education Association’s Co-President.  It would be an honor to represent SDEA and SEE at the NEA RA.  I have the knowledge and experience to represent all educators at the national level.  I want to be a voice for South Dakota.

Linda Stevens
I’ve had the privilege of serving as a NEA/RA Delegate. I’d like to represent SDEA in 2020. I’ve been a member of NEA/SDEA my entire teaching career. I’m presently a YEA teacher in Yankton. My experience at the NEA/RA was informative and invigorating! I’d be proud to represent SDEA again.  

Minority At-Large
(Statements listed above)
Curt Anderson
Leslie Crow 

NEA/RA Delegate-At-Large
(Statements listed above except as listed below)
Loren Paul
Jamie VanWinkle

Dana Livermont
It has been such a privilege to represent SD and our members at NEA Representative Assembly in past years, and it would be a great honor to serve for you in 2020. I pledge to do my best to reflect the values of you and our students as a delegate.

Krista McCorkle
Lisa Jennings
Linda Stevens
Tony Martinet
Jennifer Bergan Gabor
David Sommers
Pam Wells
Chelsea Hauger
Danyelle Cleveland
Curt Anderson
Leslie Crow
Kayla Sylvester
Doyle Johnson
Heather Harmon  
Stephanie Hageman