Course Listing - by Instructor
Anna Maifeld began crocheting rag rugs years ago as a way to use up fabric scraps and old clothing. She now sells her rugs on her Etsy shop "HeartlandHandmadeSD". You can see more of her rugs on her website annasews.net. She and her family live on a hobby farm near Sioux Falls and enjoy incorporating old time crafts with homeschooling, gardening, and animals.
|Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum Staff||
Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum & East Sioux Falls Historic Site Our mission is to nurture connections between plants and people, past and present, in an inspiring natural setting that invites discovery.
Jenni Auvenshine is the creator of Sing n' Sprout and co-owner with Lori Blom. Working as a Children's Ministry Director, Jenni saw a need for affordable music and movement classes. She has been creating and teaching her curricula in Sioux Falls for 10 years now and Sing N Sprout has spread worldwide as others invest in and get trained on how to do the same! To date they have had over 250,000 Lil' Sprouts participate in classes! Her passion is to partner with families to meet the incredible development needs of all young children aiding in school-ready success through music and movement!
I have been a professor of agriculture at Dordt College for 41 years, and part of my background is that I am a Master Beekeeper who has kept bees for 40+ years. I have given a number of classes to help people get started in beekeeping, have sponsored a field day at Dordt College that drew people from the 4-state area, helped get a local club established where it is common to have 50 - 70 people in attendance at their monthly meetings, many of whom took the beginning beekeeping classes, and I have used various grants to support the educational activity. My objective in the classes is to provide a realistic and practical foundation for people to begin beekeeping. I provide options for the participants since there are varying reasons why people want to keep bees. I also provide information of how to obtain additional technical support after they once get started with bees. I try to have fun while being helpful, and I hope the participants will develop an enthusiasm and excitement that will be needed for their success.
I was raised in Estonia in a Russian family. I earned by Masters Degree in Teaching Education from Estonia and Russia. Our family moved to the United States in 1999. Before our move, I was the principal of a Daycare-Kindergarten school for 18 years, I have worked in the ELL program for the Sioux Falls School District for 4 years. I have taught Russian language through the Ukranian Church, the Philadephia Language Center and through private lessons. I believe in Community Education because it is an affordable way for students to expand their knowledge without the cost of college. The knowledge of languages helps to understand cultures, meet new friends with the same interests, and make a connection to different countries.
|Britta Berry||Britta Berry has an extensive background in Fine Arts, English and Education which makes her a well-rounded, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher. After completing her Master's degree work, she taught in both high school and undergraduate classrooms before becoming a Professional Development Trainer a community college in Iowa. Through those 5 years as a trainer, she worked with many companies and other community partners to customize classes in the areas of computer skills and business communications. The only thing Britta loves more than teaching is spending time with her husband and two-year-old daughter.|
|Amy & Ryan Clay||Ryan and Amy Clay are originally from Beresford and now reside in Sioux Falls. They were both teachers with the Sioux Falls School District before recently spending two years living overseas in France and Senegal, W. Africa, where they used French every day. Ryan is currently working on his family's farm and Amy creates lessons for a membership website for art teachers. They enjoy biking, coffee, and camping.|
|Ballroom Dance Club|
Joshua Cooper is a local from Humboldt, SD and has recently returned after performing for the last decade! Before earning his BFA in Acting at BYU, he performed literally hundreds of times on multiple stages in dozens of roles. Most noteworthily as Wesley in a stage adaptation of The Princess Bride, Greg in Reasons to be Pretty, d'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers, and the title character in The Picture of Dorian Gray. He also toured elementary schools with a Children's Theater performing Babe. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue film acting. During his 4 years in California, Joshua landed two feature films, several guest star roles in TV shows and booked multiple commercials!
Tylar is a Sioux Falls native who has been teaching piano for many years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from South Dakota State University. He frequently play for weddings, funerals, recitals, and other events. He's won numerous awards such as SDMTA pianist winner and top music scholar at SDSU. He pushes each student to have great learning experience while having fun learning piano!
|Driver's Ed Driving|
Yes, it's still the Bead Co! It's Bead Co. with a newly repurposed nature inspired artisan addition named Acorn19. Custom jewelry, bead shoppe, and nature inspired wares all stirred together! The Bead Co was opened in downtown Sioux Falls in Sept 2000 by Community Education Instructor, Melanie Erickson. Melanie is grateful to continue sharing 27 years of beading experience, jewelry design, and 17 years of hands on experience teaching beading and jewelry technique classes and parties locally. Having the help of the 'BeadCo Beadies' instruction team, Bead Co has evolved to a whole new collaboration of jewelry goodness, ready to share their passions and ideas!
A South Dakota native, Chef Stacy, like most Midwest-raised girls, started baking when she was 9 years old. In her early 20s she married, and with the support of her new husband left the comforts of home to pursue her education at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver.
Graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2006, Chef Stacy knew the next step was to bring her talents back to where her heart was. The eclectic food scene in Sioux Falls offered a variety of ways to use her skills as a barista, pastry chef, and baker. Her passion goes beyond the walls of any one building or kitchen. Her goal is to bring menus to life that are special to her personal clients in their own kitchens. Catering private events, teaching classes or offering one-on-one lessons, Chef Stacy can make a menu more than just what you eat, but a memory to savor.
Steve & Kay Grosvenor
I have been making creative pieces and custom knives for over 20 years. I appeared on the History Channel on a show called Forged in Fire where I won the title of champion for my Charay sword. I have always been interested in art and learning. Teaching a metal art class is a great outlet for creativity and making heirloom pieces that you can be proud of.
ARGUS LEADER ARTICLE - FORGED IN FIRE
|Virginia Gustad||I have been the network admin at the Wakonda, Harrisuburg and currently the Beresford School District since the 90's. I LOVE the iPad for its versatility, portability and ease of use. I have used and adopted the iPad as a main computer device since they came out in 2010. In my spare time I like walk/run, cross stitch and read—most often my books are on the iPad of instead of paper. See you in class!|
3feathersWoodWorks began last February in our small garage. Todd has always loved woodworking and works at a job where many pallets are used. So he had seen some pallets that some really cool wood used in them and decided to pull them apart and make some wooden wall art. The business has flourished since this past September and both Todd and Darla are our working in the garage just about every night making different wood art! Todd does all the cutting and Darla does all the design and staining. It is a lot of fun to put pieces together and try different colors and see how it turns out!! We hope you will try it with us!!
|Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club|
|Kevin & Robin Hempel||
Kevin was a hobby woodworker for 15 years, learning through seminars, reading books and magazines and watching woodworking programs while on active duty with the Navy. Robin was a school teacher for 15 years, teaching at the middle school level. After retirement, Kevin attended the Vermont Woodworking School and received a certification in furniture building. While there, Robin took several seminars including a table building class and wood carving. We retired to Sioux Falls where we both grew up and started K R Hempel Woodworking as custom furniture makers four years ago. We both enjoy woodworking and sharing our passion for it. Teaching classes feels like a great way to share.
Mr. Hofflander - Owner/Licensed UAS Pilot at DroneWise LLC has been teaching high school computer science and technology in Sioux Falls for 9 years. He has always been fascinated with flight and finally got a tiny drone as a gift from his wife while working at Sanford. He returned to teaching with the crazy idea of integrating drones with education. After being awarded a grant from the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation for The Volaré Project, the first high school drone program was established.
After strategically selecting and purchasing a small fleet of minidrones, the RHS Flight Club was established for students. Through Community Education, Mr. Hofflander wants to demystify drone technology for public interest and to promote the safe, responsible pursuit of using drones in our community. Drone technology has been integrated into two classes which exposes students to STEM education through programming and flight. Minidrones can be checked out by the building staff at Roosevelt for a variety tasks.
Mr. Hofflander is a husband and a proud father with four daughters at home who endure his love of drone activity. With drone technology, the Hofflander family photo just got more interesting.
Course offered by DroneWise LLC
Marta has been teaching technology skills to PreK-12 grade students for 28 years. In 2008 she started teaching adult community education classes. Presently she is a Technology Integrationist in the Harrisburg School District at Journey Elementary School in Sioux Falls.
I began my career as a Paramedic in Pennsylvania. I managed an ambulance service about an hour south of Pittsburgh. I moved to Sioux Falls SD to raise a family in 1992. I continued to volunteer as a Paramedic as I raised my children. I now work full time at the Avera Heart Hospital and as a BLS/ACLS Instructor with Heartstarters. I was born third to the last into a family of 9 children and started babysitting early. I have three children ages 35,25,23 and two grandchildren ages 1 and 6. I teach many life support courses for Community Ed and have combined several classes for the Super-Sitter program. Students from the Supersitter class don't just learn to watch children, they learn to play, feed and care for children. They learn how to identify risks and prevent injury and illness and know what to do in an emergency! I enjoy teaching people of all ages to be prepared to prevent injury and illness and what they can do should if they are on the scene of a victim needing help.
Hi! My name is Christina Jasper. I am a 37 year old mother. My husband, Dan, and I have 3 boys total. Julian is 3, Aidan is 14, and my step son, Dylan is 17. We also have a dog, and our cat just had 5 adorable kittens! Besides teaching piano, I also work as a makeup artist at Sephora and enjoy helping my clients feel beautiful. In my free time, I like to be outdoors in nature, at the lake boating and fishing, and spending time with my family. I have played piano since I was 8 years old and have always loved music. As a child, learning the piano gave me confidence, helped me excel in school and express my creativity. My piano teacher was a special friend, mentor, and role model, and I enjoy providing that opportunity to other children.
Bryan, a lifelong South Dakotan, is a multi-instrumentalist who has 20 years of experience playing guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, piano and violin. As someone who has learned a variety of instruments, he knows how important it is to encourage and support a student while at the same time making music and learning enjoyable. This has given Bryan a unique and comprehensive approach teaching how to learn an instrument and appreciating all genres of music. Bryan is a firm believer that learning an instrument is one of the most fulfilling and beneficial endeavors a person can take on. Numerous studies have shown the long term benefits of learning an instrument and it's Bryan's goal to make sure you get the most out of your experience while still having fun. Lessons will draw from pop music, rock & roll, country, jazz, oldies, blues and punk. Your child as a student will learn: chord formation & progression, rhythm, music theory, how to read sheet music and tablature, song structure, ear training, and many other practical skills and exercises!
Andrea Koch is a part time middle school art teacher and full time creative. You can usually find her scoping out local gems, pondering her latest project, and soaking up South Dakota life with her family and animals. She earned her undergraduate degree at Black Hills State in Art Education with an endorsement in Special Education. She now lives on the flatter side of the state with her husband and animals, but South Dakota has always been where they call home!
She's excited to partner with Sioux Falls Community Education to help others dig into their own creativity!
Mark Koterwski graduated from Gallaudet University in 1989. Mark has worked for Communication Service for the Deaf for almost 25 years as a Community Support Specialist. Mark has also worked in following areas: Community Support, Interpreting Mentor Program, Employment Services, American Sign Language Instructor, Advocacy, and Communication Assistance. Mark has worked with deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people with communication barriers for over 30 years in the states of Maryland, Washington D.C., Illinois, California, and South Dakota.
My name is Alina Hedman and I am 25 years old. My passions include art and cooking, which is why I am excited to lead classes teaching both. For over six years, I've worked in youth programming and possess a degree in Art Education. My favorite part of working with kids is the excitement they get when learning a new skill. In my spare time, I work on my art skills, try new recipes, and enjoy the outdoors.
|CB & B LLC|
Richard is a Community Forester with the SD Department of Agriculture-Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry in Sioux Falls. He assists private landowners, communities, organizations, and other government agencies with tree planting and pruning, insect and disease identification and control, tree project design, urban tree management, and the Tree City USA program. Rick has a BS in Natural Resource Management and an AAS in Forest Technology from SUNY College of ESF in Syracuse, NY. He has served as a Service Forester since 1991 and as Community Forester since 2006. He is also a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Aboriculture.
I have been playing guitar and bass professionally in Sioux Falls for the past 30 years! I also perform throughout the area and am happy to share my knowledge and love of music with students at two locations. With a B.A. from SDSU and a M.A. from Augustana, both in education, I love to motivate & reach students of all ages! I teach students ages 6 through adults, beginners and experienced on acoustic, bass and electric guitar. Two years ago I began teaching myself Ukulele and Banjo by using the same methodologies used in teaching others. Students with an electric guitar will need to bring their own amp to practice.
Lisa brings her joy and passion for teaching and a lifelong experience in dance and the arts to the community! She has a Theater degree from Gustavus Adolphus College with an additional focus on choreography and dance. Lisa is a certified ballroom dance instructor and has been teaching ballroom, Latin, country, and swing dance since 2000 when she began training and teaching with Arthur Murray Minneapolis. Locally she has taught at DANCE Ballroom & Studio and through Community Education.
Lisa is currently a project manager and community ArtReach director for BronzeAge Art Casting in Sioux Falls, SD! She started with the foundry at it's inception in 2007 and has worked in most aspects of the lost-wax casting process from mold making to molten metal.
Jessica "JJ" Nelson was born and raised in and around Sioux Falls, SD. She has always been artistic by nature. Don't worry, she is not the brooding kind of artistic. No one needs lose an ear lobe. JJ’s mind lives instead in a much more laid back and fun filled search for the creativity that lives within all of us.
JJ studied graphic communications at Southeast Tech and has an entrepreneurial spirit. Over the last 25 years she has owned and operated three businesses. These were all wonderful adventures, but lacked the one-on-one personal experience she craved. She was still looking for a way to connect, inspire, and empower.
In 2014 she moved back to SD and attended a painting party/class in Sioux Falls. By the end of the evening she knew that this was the answer she was looking for and After 5 Art Party was born. Her favorite parts of instructing painting parties are seeing the "Ah, ha!" moments on her attendees faces and hearing laughter sweep the room. Their motto is: "Yes you can! We’ll show you how!”
I first discovered working with glass when I was in high school and have loved it ever since. I enjoy working with all kinds of glass and am always playing with a new project. It's always exciting to learn how to make new glass designs and sharing them with friends. My inspiration is gathered from my family, friends, and everything around me.
TV credits include: contestant on CBS's Survivor 2, where he went on to win the Emmy for Best Reality Cast, as well as the Peoples Choice award. Mitchell won a foosball table on The Price Is Right, guest (and performer) on Letterman, Rosie, Regis, Howard Stern, Ricki Lake, Craig Kilborn, Early Show, Kathy Griffin, VHI: I Love The 80's, Wheel of Fortune, Anna Nicole Show and bottom left Square on Hollywood Squares. He went on to work as a casting director for a number of Network Reality shows, including ABC, TLC, VH1, NBC and BBC. Some of the reality shows he has cast in the past include: WHAT NOT TO WEAR, THE BIGGEST LOSER, AMAZING RACE, WIFE SWAP, to name a few. Mitchell has judged over 18 state pageants in the Miss America Organization, favorites being Miss Oregon and Miss Hawaii. he also served as the MC for the Miss South Dakota pageant for 14 years. He also teaches piano lessons after school. Once a week he is the "Entertainment Expert" for KSFY news, where he covers local theatre productions, concerts and movies on the morning show with Shawn and Kamie. Every Friday morning he co-hosts the 104.7 radio show with Andy and Tasha. Over the summer, just for fun, he helped create the #1 selling App in the Apple Store for a full week. Called "Never Hillary Clinton". Not to be confused with his political views, he's an equal opportunity candidate joker. Check out "Ask Donald Trump" an original App he released earlier this month for free.
Julie Ostroot has been teaching in the SF area for several years. She serves as an organist at Asbury Methodist and also works as an Education Assistant at Cleveland Elementary. Having worked in music retail as well, she's familiar with several piano methods and teaching styles. Julie has her B.A. Degree in Music from Augustana and has taught lessons at SF Lutheran and the Augie Preparatory program. She also enjoys biking and jewelry making.
|Sioux Empire Paddlers||
I was raised in the mid-west but moved away during the early years of my marriage to Robert. We spent over twenty years in the military and traveled to many stateside and oversea posts. During this time I started teaching adult education classed to military family members and also to family members of people that were attached to the military facilities. After retirement I made the change from teaching in military classrooms to civilian classrooms. I also have a personal business where I sell the work I do. I specialize in knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting, needle point and tapestry work. Robert and I have lived in Sioux Falls for six years and we have really enjoyed our time in this great city. I also love teaching for community ed.
|Rosa Yrene Parsons|
Adrian has been a passionate professional cosmetologist for 10 years, with experience in full service salon environments and post secondary cosmetology instruction. She has a special interest in formal occasion styling and providing hair and make up for professional photo shoots too! She enjoys sharing her passion with students and clients alike and loves being an active volunteer and business owner in the Sioux Falls community!
Fay Prairie is a certified counselor, personal life coach and speaker specializing in relationships and POSITIVE, empowering mindsets. She helps set you free from stress, anxiety, worry, negativity, DEPRESSION AND FRUSTRATION so you can start creating a life and relationships that you're excited to wake up to!
I have been making homemade jams for my family for over twenty years. My husband and I moved to Sioux Falls six years ago and love living here! Two years ago I started a jamming business, selling my award winning homemade jams and jellies at the Sioux Empire Farmer's Market at 8th & Railroad Center. I have also taken a course through SDSU Extension in Sioux Falls to become a Food Processing authority. I love learning and I receive great joy in helping others learn.
Lisa Rinaldo is a retired elementary teacher, with many years of experience in teaching art to children and adults. She enjoys breaking projects down into steps, then watching as each person's "internal artist" comes out to play! "Art is about immersing yourself in the process more than the outcome."
Dan Roberdeau is an experienced clarinetist that has held many positions within the music world! He has had the privilege of attending and having a more formal education at the Navy School of Music and then graduating with a degree in Music at Northwestern University. Dan comes to Community Education with an extensive background including performing with many great symphonies across the nation, teaching many students along the way at colleges and universities and submitting recordings for the Hal Leonard lesson books! After moving to Sioux Falls, he has continued to share his talent and love for the clarinet by offering individual clarinet lessons. Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, Dan will meet you where you are at and help you to grow as a musician!
My name is Travis Roberts. I am the first Level 1 Certified DDP Yoga Instructor in South Dakota. Midwest Strong Fitness is all about utilizing the Best Fitness Program on the Planet Today: DDP Yoga. What is DDP Yoga, you ask? DDP Yoga is, quite simply, the Best Fitness Program on the Planet! It definitely ain't your Momma's Yoga! It incorporates several Yoga Positions, Rehab Moves & Old School Calisthenics (push-ups & squats) , all while using Dynamic Resistance. Putting this all together, DDP Yoga gives you the best & safest Cardio, Strength Training and Flexability Workout all with Minimal Joint Impact! That means that ANYONE can do this workout!
Ryan Schiebout-USJA Shodan-
I am a married mother of three grown children and grandmother of three darling girls. I've been playing mahjong for 17 years. I have been in Sioux Falls for 22 years, but my love of games began as a farm girl in Hecla, SD, in the northeast corner of the state. My father's theory was if we were home playing games we wouldn't be running around getting into trouble! His plan didn't always work, but I am thankful for my family and my family of friends that I have met playing mah jongg!
I was born and raised in southeastern South Dakota (Freeman), and ended up in Sioux Falls to attend Augustana College, which is where I've been ever since. Several years ago, I drove by Dakota Stained Glass and saw a sign advertising beginning stained glass classes. I signed up and fell in love with the process of copper foiled stained glass. I have taken several different classes in stained glass technique, but always seem to come back to the copper foil method. After giving friends and family a lot of stained glass sun catchers and ornaments as gifts, I've begun selling my pieces at local craft fairs and shows throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. My creations tend to be funky, unique and whimsical, definitely all one of kinds!
|LandShark Scuba & Dive||
I have been a certified diver for 13 years and have been teaching diving for 10 years. I developed a passion for diving almost immediately from my first experience underwater and fell in love with the wonders of the underwater world. Now I just so thoroughly enjoy sharing those wonders with others, but teaching kids is my favorite! Diving became such an important part of my life that I opened a dive ship in the upper midwest. Local diving as well as tropical are high on my list of entertainment! Watch Life with Laura and your instructor! Discover Scuba Diving with Colonel and KDLT Laura
My name is Lyndsay Seivert; I am a mom, wife, full-time Registered Nurse, and Silver Leader with doTERRA Essential Oils. I have been using oils on myself and my family for over 2 years and providing education on oils for over a year. Learning about essential oils, what they are, how they work, and how to safely and properly use them can be overwhelming at first. I love to teach and educate on all the amazing benefits essential oils can provide, how to use them, when to use them, and how they work. Having a solid foundation of knowledge is vital for anyone looking to start utilizing essential oils in their everyday life, and I want to provide that foundation. Having the platform Community Education provides will give people interested in learning about natural options the opportunity to do so, and allowing me to continue to educate and enhance and empower lives with natural options.
After studying Physics & Electrical Engineering at SDSM&T my attention turned to matters of health, and I went on to attain a Master's Degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. I now co-operate R & R Transformational Healing with my wife Rita. I have a holistic practice and strive to help people with acupuncture, traditional herbal therapy, lifestyle guidance, and more. I also love to give people tools that help to improve their mind-body-spirit health by teaching such things as meditation, tai chi, & healthy eating.
I'm Natalie Sorenson. I've been drawn to creative play forever. I caught the jewelry bug in my mother's cellar studio and later took metallurgy in OH, where I received my degree in fashion design. The beauty of handmade jewelry comes from an artist's own signature hammer blows, torch strokes, and aesthetic, and going elemental with precious metals and soldering is the cathartic step in making so much possible. JoeBobLeigh is my label for handmade jewelry, where it has sold from Sticks & Steel to Mall of America. Some of my artistic haunts are Painted Prairie, 1st Lutheran Church, St. Mark's Church, Soul Movement Studio, the Butterfly House and Knitter's Magazine. I've taught sewing, tie-dye, painting, baton, knitting, as well as jewelry. JOE'S Garage is where I have been teaching jewelry classes to like-minded earthy artsy sorts since 2011. I have lived in Sioux Falls since 1990 with my husband, where we raised our 3 daughters.
Dakota Spirit was established in 1997 by founder Robin Fritsch. It was South Dakota's first youth cheerleading program. Students of all ages participate on cheer teams and in a variety of classes, tumbling and cheerleading activities. Dakota Spirit's mission is to promote mental and physical development, healthy self esteem and positive sportsmanship. DS Coaches are trained and certified. Dakota Spirit has won national honors, community service awards, and statewide recognition each year. Dakota Spirit's state of the art facility is located at 3910 West 59th Street.
Jim Sternick-USA Judo Nidan-
|Sioux Falls Sword Academy||
I feel like my life has been a journey of discovering the many tools available for healing. Since I was a little girl, my dreams and life choices have centered around being able to help others. After a short career as a pharmacist, I moved on to a more holistic approach with Reiki and Massage Therapy. After returning from Thailand, where I learned their traditional massage, I met my husband Randy who runs R & R Transformational Healing with me. Since then I have added crystal healing, energetic jewelry design, and sound therapy with crystal singing bowls and tuning forks to my "tool box". My passion is to continue learning and assisting others in their own journeys.
Spending six months in Chicago, IL, I slowly rose up to the top as a competitive B-Boy with my crew, Dark Beast. I spent the entire spring and summer of 2016 planning, hosting, and putting together community events for the Twin Cities during my return to Minnesota before moving to Chicago to further pursue my career as a dancer, which then transformed me into a dance instructor for the youth! I wish to pass down all of the resources, knowledge, and mentoring that I received as a young adult on to the future generation: your children; the children that hold the future in their hands. Finding my reason, aspirations, and determination through teaching dance, I wish to continue down this path as a young artist, spreading the positive energy and love that comes with and from dancing!
|Tracy Vik-Sonia Sotomayor Principal|
I started Taekwondo when I was 14 yrs. old and now I am 45.... I can let you do the math. I obviously have a love and passion for this! I am a 5th degree black belt and have been teaching for over 25 years now. I "think" that close to, if not over 15 years have now been with Community Education in Sioux Falls. I have the pleasure of teaching students the aspects of Respect, Confidence, and Discipline. I cannot think of many things in my life that has been more gratifying than the companionship and connection that I have through this experience.
Greetings! I am Rob Vroman. I've been a social studies teacher at Washington High School for over 25 years, and I have taught Driver's Education at Lincoln High School fsince 2008. I am originally from Leavenworth, Kansas. Upon graduation from the University of Kansas, I was an Army officer for four years. Afterward, I dabbled briefly in medical sales and restaurant management and moved to Sioux Falls in 1990 to pursue a master's degree in secondary education from Augustana College to become a teacher. I'm married to Beth Vroman who teaches social studies at Patrick Henry Middle School. We have four children -Chris, Kaytie, Anna, and Michael. We love Sioux Falls (except, at times, the winters) and are blessed to live in such a great community. The rewards of teaching have outweighed the sacrifices. Thanks for entrusting your children to our program. With your support and encouragement, I hope to help your child in safely navigating the exciting rite of passage that driving represents.
Sensei Brad Walker has been practicing Judo and Jiu-jitsu since 1998 and has over a decade of teaching experience with both adults and kids. He is the areas only active instructor with black belt ranks in both Judo and Jiu-jitsu. These ranks were awarded to him by Sensei Emilio Claudio, the Army Judo coach at West Point Military Academy. Beyond his unique teaching style he holds the highest aim of Judo as his goal - To contribute positively to society and the community. Sensei Walker is also the Self-defense instructor for the Sioux Falls Multi-cultural center and is partnered with Children's Inn Home Society and offers regular Women's only Self-defense classes and workshops.
Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters once said, "Duct Tape isn't perfect for anything, but is adequate for everything." I can't think of a better metaphor for myself. I'm duct tape. Capable in a jack mess of trades--from manly trades such as home construction and grilling to poindexter pursuits such as philosophy and Greek--but haven't mastered any so as to become a professional. Author of three published novels--Caveat Ties, Soul Shocked, and Zaide: Mozart's Lost Opera--I live in Tea, SD and have three boys, rowdy and strong willed. My great occupational passion is writing. As a youth, I'd spend hours in my room typing stories. Stories of all kinds. Stories that were never finished. Then, I grew up. Hints flowed my way, that maybe, I ought to choose a 'realistic' career path. So I did what any confused teen would do. I joined the army. Four Army and another four college years later, I learned I'm too scatterbrained, for a 'realistic' career path. I began writing again. My only constant pursuit of occupational joy. (I love doing and learning new things, I just have a hard time sticking with them.) And, I actually started finishing works.
The Siouxland Woodturner's (SWT) is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). The AAW is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the woodturning craft. Our mission is to provide information, education, a meeting place, and an effective organization for all who are interested in turning wood.
Deb is a retired librarian who now follows her passion for teaching yin (yoga) and playing the Tibetan singing bowls. She uses the bowls as a relaxation/healing therapy at the Avera Cancer Institute for patients, caregivers, medical staff and the general public. She owns Tibetan Temple Sounds and plays meditations at her office, the Butterfly House and Aquarium, Half Baked Cupcakes, various senior communities in and around Sioux Falls and teaches for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute). Deb also does sound massage (bowls on the body) and is available for private meditation and massage sessions. Find her on Facebook at Tibetan Temple Sounds, on her website www.tibetantemplesounds.abmp.com or on DTSF.com (Downtown Sioux Falls).