Tina Strohschein, Brookings, SD

Tina Schrohschein • BEA • Art Teacher K–3 • 2nd year member I joined because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than my small art community.

Jessica Callahan, Brookings, SD

My name is Jessica Callahan and I am a first year teacher and member. I joined SDEA for the support and professional development opportunities. I am excited to continue my involvement in SDEA and make influential connections.

Rie Barnes, Brookings, SD

Rie Barnes • Brookings • Kindergarten • 1st year member I join SDEA & ELI because I wanted to be a voice to new teachers. I love getting to learn from other educators and working to better our teaching community.

Chris Mitchell, Brookings, SD

I joined to better advocate for my students and their needs.

Caleb Langner, Brookings, SD

Caleb Langer – 1st grade in Brookings. It is my 1st year teaching. I joined at SDSU after my college professor asked me to join a group on a lobby day at the Capitol. It turns out she was the advisor for SDEA at the college level. I was also a state office as well. I saw the importance of education in a different setting. I then became a member as a 1st year teacher. The best part of being a member is the collaboration among other educators.

Ashley Hendricks, Brookings, SD

My name is Ashley Hendricks and I am a Special Education Teacher in Brookings, SD. This is my 4th year as an educator. I joined to gain knowledge, be involved and gain experience.

Austin Koenig, Brookings, SD

I joined ELI to gain experience and help future educators once I become a veteran teacher. I also joined BEA to understand the news that is happening in other buildings.

Stephanie Ballard, Brookings, SD

My name is Stephanie Ballard. I am currently a special education teacher at Mickelson Middle School in Brookings, SD. I am in my fifth year of teaching and my third year as a SDEA member. I joined SDEA to learn more about what goes on in my district and the state. This spring I am a fellow in the NEA Early Leadership Institute and am excited about how this program can help me grow in the skills as an educator and be more involved in SDEA.

Brooke Larsen, Rapid City, SD

My name is Brooke Larsen. I teach fifth grade at Valley View Elementary in Rapid City. This is my first year to be in SDEA. I joined SDEA to be a part of a team and to have access to many resources. The best part of SDEA is the community of support.

Lane Madsen, Rapid City, SD

I’m Lane Madsen, an elementary school counselor at Robbinsdale Elementary school in Rapid City, SD. I am in my fourth year in counseling in a school setting and I have been a member of the RCEA for all four years. I am a member of the association because of the professional and personal support RCEA has offered me and colleagues. The best part of RCEA membership for me is the vast amount of knowledge that has been shared so that I can become a better educator.