Sheila Broughton, Canton, SD

Hello! I’m Sheila Broughton, and I’m currently in my 24th year of teaching. I have been a 4th grade teacher at Lawrence Elementary in Canton for the past 16 years. I have been an SDEA member for 19 years, beginning as a student member in college at Dakota State University, and for the past 16 years as a member of the Canton Education Association. I joined SDEA because I believe in working together with other professionals to promote public education and to be a voice for my students. I also grew up in a union family. I saw the benefits that collective bargaining could produce if people were willing to join forces and work together for the common good. I have enjoyed being a member of CEA and working with my colleagues on various projects and activities throughout the years. I have also enjoyed & benefitted from the educational and leadership trainings offered through SDEA. I am a proud member and believe TOGETHER we achieve more!

Jessica Zwaschka, Spearfish, SD

Hello from Spearfish. I am Jessica Zwaschka, chemistry teacher and science department chair at Spearfish High School. As a career-long member of the Palmetto State Teacher's Association and now SDEA, I believe that it vital to be a supporter of other teachers and the profession. I first joined SEA/SDEA 21 years ago because it was important to me to be a member of my professional organization. Being a member of SEA/SDEA is way for us to be better together. In times of celebration and in times where we need support, our professional peers can be an amazing network of support. From legal advice, to political advocacy, to fighting for fair and equitable wages, we're better together.

Jodi Neugebauer, Garretson, SD

I am Jodi Neugebauer, 2nd grade teacher at Garretson Elementary. I have been a member of SDEA since college and first joined to work with kids as a college student. Since transitioning to a teacher member I have benefited from the professional development and support provided by SDEA. I enjoy trainings offered by SDEA such as instructional coaching and also have had the opportunity to work on training others through the National Board Jump Start program. When we work together and share our resources and knowledge, we grow as teachers which benefits our students the most.

Beth Anderson, Yankton, SD

Hi! I’m Beth Anderson and I have been teaching at Yankton Middle School for 19 years. I teach 6th grade Social Studies, 6th grade Exploring Languages/Culture, and 7th – 8th Exploratory Spanish. I have been a member of the Yankton Education Association since 2011. I joined SDEA because I wanted to be more involved and have a voice for students and promote public education. It’s great being part of a district-wide organization and meet with teachers from other buildings. We have a great group of educators involved with YEA and I am proud to be a member!

Kacie Johnson, Yankton, SD

Hi, I am Kacie Johnson, member of the Yankton Education Association and a Middle School resource room teacher. I am in my 7th year of teaching and have been a member of SDEA since day one! I have always known I would be a member of my local professional education association because my parents were teachers and I saw what a difference the organization made in everything from insurance premiums to teacher workdays and contract negotiations. Teachers need an advocate and my SDEA membership gives me that.

Teri Morgan, Mitchell, SD

Greetings from the Mitchell Education Association. My name is Teri Morgan and I teach Spanish at MHS. This is my 25th year of teaching and I joined SDEA/NEA as a college student. Initially, as a teacher, I joined for the legal representation and liability insurance. I knew I could not afford not having that support. My favorite part of MEA is the networking with other teachers. I enjoy being part of a district-wide organization that is the teachers’ voice. It is great to work with teachers from other levels and buildings in the district. Together we can do more!

Marcie Welsh, Brookings, SD

Hi, I am Marcie Welsh and I teach science at Brookings High School. I joined the Brookings Education Association six years ago when I started working at BHS because a veteran teacher, whom I respected, told me I should. I am so glad that I joined as I have come to realize the vital importance of being a part of the collective advocacy voice for students and public education. I am proud to now service the BEA as co-president and value the relationships I have made through the BEA and SDEA.

Robin Curtis, Winner, SD

Robin Curtis – Winner Education Association, 6th grade Language Arts & Science. Seven years as a member. The best part of joining SDEA: The collaboration with fellow teachers and learning opportunities provided by SDEA and NEA. Without SDEA, I wouldn’t have been able to grow in leadership without the experiences.

Ramona Quartier-Tschudy, Harrisburg, SD

I am Ramona Quartier-Tschudy. I teach 7th grade science at Harrisburg South Middle School. I have taught at Harrisburg for 24 years, and I have been a member all 24 of those years. I joined SDEA to be an active member of the professional organization though lobbying at the local and state levels, participating in multiple committees to advance our profession, and to support all teachers. The best part of membership is working with others to support teachers!

Tari Knock, USD

My name is Tari Knock and I currently serve as the president of the University of South Dakota chapter of the South Dakota Education Association. At USD, I am a Secondary English Education major. I joined SDEA because I am passionate about the field of education and believe that the only way to serve as an exceptional teacher someday is to start now by gaining experiences to better myself as a pre-service educator. The highlight of my experience in SDEA has been meeting so many people who are zealous about our profession; I truly believe without SDEA, I would have never met all these remarkable people.