Course Listing - by Instructor

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Anna Anderson


Anna (Maifeld) Anderson 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.

Dave Anderson
Meghan Anderson-Finch
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

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! 

 

Yelena Balashova
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.

Sandra Bones
Kari Bultje
Pam Burkard
Ballroom Dance Club
Joshua Cooper


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!

Jennifer DeBoer
Kersten Dobberpuhl
Driver's Ed Driving
Community Education
Melanie Erickson

 

Melanie Erickson has been known as the helpful fixer, teacher & owner of The Bead Co in downtown Sioux Falls since Sept 2000 and has collaborated as a Community Education Instructor for most of those years. Melanie is grateful to continue sharing 29 years of beading experience, jewelry design, and 19 years of hands on experience teaching beading and jewelry technique classes and parties locally; as she starts new life chapters in jewelry and teaching. Nature fires up her soul and jewelry creations and she loves to grab the kayak and head to the lake for peaceful inspiration.

Stacy Fisher

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.

Alexandra Gonzalez
Steve Grosvenor

  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

 

Ahva Halma

When I was young I did yoga with my mother on the beach, then I did yoga stretching before and after my dance performances for many years. I incorporated yoga with my dance students to warm them up and cool them down. Finally, I took training and achieved all the levels of YogaFit to become certified. Yoga has always been a lasting and enduring part of my life. Yoga gives me joy and peace. I hope to share this deep and abiding satisfaction with all my students.

Darla Halvorsen


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!!

Todd Halvorsen
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.

Joseph Herreman
Nathan Hofflander

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

Visit The Volaré Project ? and ?RHS Flight Club websites

Mary Houska

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.

Christina Jasper

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.
Jim Jensen
Skyler Kidd


I grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1995. From a young age I was attracted to the idea of creating art from different mediums. It wasn't until my senior year of high school where I found my passion for ceramics. In 2013, I graduated from Roosevelt High School and began cooking at a restaurant in Sioux Falls. On weekdays I would cook, but when the weekend came I was volunteering at a local ceramic workshop in the Washington Pavilion.

My inspiration derives from the environment around me. Living in South Dakota my whole life has opened my eyes to the vast amount of natural resources just below my feet. Integrating the Earth with my own work truly gives me a better respect for my surroundings.

My job as a ceramist is to create simple yet elegant forms that speak about functionality. A goal of mine is to dig deeper into the realm of nature and extraction of clay bodies to gain a better appreciation for my artwork. Furthermore, I’m excited to begin working with the chemistry aspect of ceramics by creating different, visually appealing glazes and slips, which will characterize my work.

In the fall of 2014, Kidd enrolled at the University of South Dakota, majoring in art education. In the span of four years at the university, Kidd completely changed his techniques as a potter by incorporating wood and salt firing methods into his work, rather than basic electric firings. These alternate firings involved tremendous amount of team work, strategy, patience, and knowledge, which in turn affect each ceramic vessel.

 

 

Andrea Koch
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

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.

Alina Krone-Hedman
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
Casey LaBue
Gerrad LaBue
Richard Mayko

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.

Steve McFarland
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 Myhre
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.
Kristi Nimick

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.

Sheila Norman

I am an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, BodyTalk Access Technician and yin yoga teacher. I went through Yoga Teacher Training with Lex Gillan in 2011 in Houston, TX. I practiced only Bikram yoga before then. I was very interested in Ayurveda and private instruction. I was attracted to the cycles of activity and rest, and learning more about how humans are a part of the patterns of nature. In 2013, I trained at the Bahamas Sivananda Ashram with Marc Halpern through the California College of Ayurveda to receive a certificate in Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. This is applying yogic practices like breathing exercises, poses, routine, diet, relaxation, plant based oils and more in an ayurvedically informed way, specific to each individual’s constitution. I then studied The Art of Teaching Private Yoga with Kate Connell, updated my certificate in Sensory Processing Across the Life Span with Laura Barker, and went through a course to become certified in Yin Yoga with Carole Westerman. Other areas of focus in my education, training and practice that inform my classes are BodyTalk energy medicine, Pediatric Yoga and Mindfulness, Traumatic Stress: Resiliency and Healing with Yoga through the Sedona Yoga Festival, Ayurveda and Autoimmune Conditions and Ayurveda and and Paleo Diet with Dr. Akil Palanisamy. I teach group and individual lessons in Sioux Falls, SD at a Health and Fitness Club for people over 50 situated within a retirement community, for veterans at the VA Medical Center, through my studio Yes Yoga One, and soon to be through Bloom, a learning and play environment for children, where the focus is on children. Here is a podcast interview touching on my delivery of yoga bit.ly/nourishCTFOY
Doug Noteboom
Siouxland Woodturners is a non-profit chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Their purpose is having fun turning safely. Education is a major component of their outreach. Classes are taught by volunterr members of the chapter. Sharpening lead instructor is Doug Noteboom, a former high school shop teacher from the Lennox area with over 20 years turning and the current club president. Woodturners 101 head instructor is Sue Smith with over 10 years turning and past chapter president. The pen turning lead is Alistar Haird from England - he turned and belonged to a chlub in England. When he moved to Egan, SD, he promptly looked up the local woodturning chapter and became involved. The duck call class lead instructors will be Sue Smith and Doug Noteboom.
Todd Novak
Toni Oberg
Mitchell Olson
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.
Archery Outfitters
Sioux Empire Paddlers


Sioux Empire Paddlers is a local nonprofit in the Sioux Falls area. Goal are to get more people paddling our local water ways, safety, and stewardship. We have been around since 2014 and hope to see you on the river. Our instructors: Will Wheeler has been an instructor for 2 years with our group and is from Sioux Falls SD. Friederike Gedge is our newest kayak instructor this year. She is from Brandon SD and is also a Boy Scout Troop Leader. Mitchell Joldersma has been a kayak instructor for 4 years and is from Sioux Falls SD.

Cherri Palmer

 

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.

Patricia Pannell
Rosa Yrene Parsons
Adrian Pfarr-Ness
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


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!
Linda Pudenz
Monica Pugh
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.
Rich Ramstad
Lisa Rinaldo
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."
Travis Roberts

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!

Lois Running
Ryan Schiebout
 

Ryan Schiebout-USJA Shodan-

Ryan began his study of Judo in 2010 at Jae Ho Sim's Martial Arts Academy in Sioux Falls, SD. He is a certified black belt with both USJA and USA Judo and is a nationally certified Judo Coach through USJA!
After receiving his black belt in 2014 he followed his dream and opened his own gym, Sioux Falls Hapkido and Judo Club. He has designed classes for any age student and is able to offer training for any skill level. He has coached his students in both local and regional Judo tournaments and has a nationally ranked student.
Ryan's is passionate about judo and enjoys sharing his knowledge with his students. He believes that anything can be accomplished through hard work and dedication!


Tina Schmutterer I currently teach English at Roosevelt High School, a very busy life each school year. To help ease my stress on school nights, dinners for the week are planned on Sunday afternoons and partially or wholly prepared for the busy nights ahead. Utilizing ingredients already in my pantry and making a list of additional ingredients needed for the chosen recipes, I prepare or prep 4-5 meals a week so that they are ready to assemble and cook or put in the oven when I get home each night. Because of this type of organization, I am able to keep my grocery bill between $80-$100 each week. On those school nights that I have Homework Help or work a game at my school, I know that my meal is ready to put in the oven for my family. My goal in offering this class is to help you prepare meals for your family, keep your grocery bill at a minimum, and enjoy the evening with your family around a nice hot dinner
Heidi Schrag
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
Lyndsay Seivert

 

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.

 

Lynn Shattuck
Travis Sieber
Randy Smith
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.
Natalie Sorenson
It's time to run with scissors! Sioux Falls Community Ed is the best place to float your boat and fill your creative cup! There are so many ways to design. If you love color, texture, and enjoy the medium and the tools, you will likely blossom as you build your art! As a Jewelry Designer, Fashion Design graduate, Digital Artist, and the past ACE Knitting Lady, my focus may not be clear... I love to create, and I want you to love it too! JOE'S Garage is my studio where I have been creating JoeBobLeigh Jewelry since 2006, and have taught metals classes since 2012. Most of my classes involve torch work, like silver soldering, torch fired PMC (Precious Metal Clay), and enameling. During the colder months I also teach Brain to Brush beginning Painting, Circuit Sewing, and Lovikka Knitted Mittens. New this summer will be two Youth Classes: Bradlea Paper Dolls, and Kids Metals Camp. And finally, a personal interest in unconventional travel prompted me to teach an Airbnb Curiosity Class. -I just can't keep it in! I have lived in Sioux Falls since 1990 with my husband, where we raised our 3 daughters. Running with scissors is a metaphor for fearlessly creating!
Steve Spencer
Dakota Spirit
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


 

Jim Sternick-USA Judo Nidan-
Jim is a second degree black belt and certified judo coach who began his career in 1985 at the age of seven! Since that time he has had the opportunity to train at a variety of clubs throughout the United States. He also practiced at dojos in Europe and Japan. Mr. Sternick competed extensively at the national and international level. Highlights include a junior national championship and a gold medal at the 1999 USA Judo National Ladder Tournament! He continued to compete at the senior elite level until 2006 and remains active in master's level tournaments today.

Jim is passionate about sharing his judo knowledge with others and thoroughly enjoys helping students realize their potential in this Olympic sport!


Sioux Falls Sword Academy


My name is Jesse Adams and I am originally from the Bemidji area in Northern Minnesota, and moved to Sioux Falls six years ago. Up north I ran a Dojang (training gym) for nearly ten years before moving to the Sioux Falls area to support my wife's career. I feel very fortunate to be able to continue offering Kumdo/Kendo classes to the great people in our region! My training began nearly sixteen years ago, during which I have enjoyed the opportunity of traveling overseas on a number of occasions. I believe strongly in both the physical and emotional benefits of martial arts practice! The study of the sword specifically is an excellent method of pursuing a deeper understanding of ourselves while enjoying being active. I look forward to seeing you in class!

Rita Taylor

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.

James Trett
Peng Vang

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
Troy Vink


Master Troy Vink 

Sioux Falls Taekwondo in Action:    https://youtu.be/f_ACBUkxtMg

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.

Robert Vroman
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.
Brad Walker
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.
Rollan Wengert
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.
Molly Wilson
Rhonda Wilson
Kali Wipf
Siouxland Woodturners

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 Yoder
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).