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2020 SDEA/NEA Election

1/31/2021

2021 SDEA/NEA Candidate List

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact SDEA President Loren Paul, Loren.Paul@sdea.org, Elections Committee Chair Stephanie Hageman, hagemans42@gmail.com, or Elections Committee liaison Anne Plooster, Anne.Plooster@sdea.org

Board of Director Candidates:

Eastern Prairie (1-year) 
Lisa Jennings
It would be an honor to serve the educators of Eastern Prairie on the SDEA Board of Directors.  I believe that it is important to carry the voice of local educators forward to SDEA and in turn to the NEA in my position as a NEA ESP-at-Large Director. 

Kelsey Lovesth
I am Kelsey Lovseth, and I would be honored to continue to represent the Eastern Prairie.  Since 2007 I have taught Social Studies in Brookings and I will bring a significant amount of legislative history and passion which is necessary in navigating our association during this unique time in history.

Eastern Prairie (2-year) 
Danyelle Cleveland
As a member of SDEA Board of Directors, I will continue to advocate for educators 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.

Plains
Shawn Olsen
Hello, my name is Shawn Olsen.  I believe in this association and what they do for educators and education staff across the state.  I am looking forward to being your voice for the Plains Unit and being a part of SDEA’s future.  I would appreciate your vote.

EGL (2-year)
Paula Hanson
I have greatly enjoyed serving on the Board this past year. I’m running for the two-year position. SDEA plays a pivotal role in the advancement for education, advocacy, and PD in South Dakota and, it would be my privilege to represent EGL members on the Board of Directors.

SEE
Lisa Cardillo
I am running for a two-year term on the SDEA Board of Directors for SEE.  I have been a member of SDEA for 11 years, with 8 previous years of membership through NYSUT.  As an educator for 19 years, I look forward to promoting education in our state.  

Minority Member At-Large
Curtis Anderson
Hi my name is Curt Anderson I would be humbled to serve on the SDEA board of directors for another term as Minority At-Large.  I’m a teacher at Oglala Lakota Schools I’ve been teaching now for 22 years throughout the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations.  I’d appreciate your vote. 

ESP Member 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 NEA/RA Delegate
Jennifer Bergan Gabor
It would be my honor to represent you at the NEA-RA. As an RA delegate and the sole delegate on the NEA Resolutions Committee, I will work for SD, so our voice is heard and included.
I want to continue working for all of us.
Your support is appreciated.

Lisa Jennings
As an NEA ESP-at-Large Director I have the knowledge and experience to represent not only ESP, but all educators at the national level.  I would be honored to take that experience and serve as a delegate for the students and educators of South Dakota.

Minority NEA/RA Delegate At-Large
Curtis Anderson
Hi my name is Curt Anderson I’m a teacher at Oglala Lakota County schools.  I would love to represent SDEA at the 2021 NEA RA as your Minority At-Large Representative. 

NEA/RA Delegate At-Large
Virginia Colgan
I will work with SDEA leadership to promote educational policies that benefit South Dakota students and teachers. Advocating for Social Justice reform is my passion and I will encourage delegates from all over the United States to vote for policies that end systemic racism and classism in our schools.

Lisa Jennings
As an NEA ESP-at-Large Director I have the knowledge and experience to represent not only ESP, but all educators at the national level.  I would be honored to take that experience and serve as a delegate for the students and educators of South Dakota.

Curtis Anderson
Hi my name is Curt Anderson I’m a teacher at Oglala Lakota County schools.  I would love to represent SDEA at the 2021 NEA RA as your Minority at Large Representative.

Jennifer Bergan Gabor
It would be my honor to represent you at the NEA-RA. As an RA delegate and the sole delegate on the NEA Resolutions Committee, I will work for SD, so our voice is heard and included.
I want to continue working for all of us.
Your support is appreciated.