Course Listing - by Instructor

NameBiography
Supplies
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.

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.
Premier Bookkeeping
Andrea and Sarah have been working in the financial field for over 25 years combined. In 2015 they joined individual bookkeeping firms to create Premier Bookkeeping & Business Services, Inc. where they share their love of helping others, consulting, bookkeeping and many other business services for multiple industries. Furthering their own education has always been a passion for both Andrea and Sarah so when the opportunity to teach others came up, they were thrilled! When the ladies aren't in the office you can find them enjoying sunny days and smiles with their families. For more information on Premier Bookkeeping & Business Services, Inc. please visit their website at www.premierbbs.com.
Simply Bookkeeping
Fit Body Boot Camp
Pam Burkard
Sara Campbell
Tylar Dormaier

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
Tim Eckart Biography coming soon...please check back!
Community Education
Beth Feltes

Beth graduated in 2005 from Gustavus Adolphus College with a BA in Music. She has been teaching piano & voice lessons for the past 4 years.

Beth recently moved to Sioux Falls with her husband & 3 young children. Playing piano & singing are two of Beth's favorite things to do, so she is excited to share that passion with some new students in Sioux Falls!

Beth loves musical theater & most recently, she portrayed Mary in a stage performance of "Mary Poppins." Beth worked in Youth Ministry for 8 years before becoming a mom, so she is comfortable working with children & teens of all ages.

Each student is unique & each student can succeed! Beth has experience teaching children as young as 4 through adults & children with special needs.

Sioux Falls Figure Skating Club
Dakota Stained Glass
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

 

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!
Chris Haak Biography coming soon...please check back!
Nancy Hagen
Alexandra Hoffman
Alexandra Hoffman serves as the band director at Pettigrew Elementary where she teaches fifth grade band and is one of three band directors at Patrick Henry Middle School where she teaches sixth through eighth grade band. She was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Augustana College. She is currently working toward her Masters in Educational Leadership through the University of Sioux Falls. She has taught instrumental and vocal music in South Dakota from the Kindergarten to Eighth grade level. In addition to her duties as a band director, she holds a private lesson studio, is the director of handbells at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD and is the manager of the Festival of Bands USA Marching Band Competition in Sioux Falls, SD.
Marta Hoffman
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.
Mary Houska
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.

Jim Jensen
Kevin Kennedy
Jessica Kippes

Creativity and Intuition are passions of mine. I have for as long as I can remember had creativity at the core of what I do and I’ve always had a deep need to help others. I believe creativity is an innate part of our being. Unfortunately we stop putting importance on this aspect of ourselves as we become adults. We end up missing so much by putting our creative nature and imagination on the back burner.

Allow me to assist you in connecting back to your core element of creativity and intuition. I currently conduct 1:1 healing sessions in person and over the phone, or create with your friends through an art from the heart party.

I currently have certifications in Theta Healing (basic, advanced and manifesting and abundance).

I am a born and raised, South Dakota gal. Aside from a short 6 year stint in Minnesota, I’ve made it back to my home state to connect with people on a higher mission to help others connect to their own creative (intuitive) state.

I live a short 30 minutes from Sioux Falls SD, and enjoy spending time aside from work with family and my beautiful kitties. I am enlivened to help others find their highest calling. Find more about me at my website

www.jessicakippes.com

Jessica Kippes

Intuitive Healing and Artwork

Lisa Kuzman

Lisa Kuzman is a clinical social worker turned Life + Soul Coach. Her mission is to help women find confidence, clarity and direction. She believes that learning how to trust yourself, set boundaries and be your amazingly bright and shiny self are mission critical for having a life you love! She serves modern women who crave sassy + classy solutions for adulting because the struggle really is real. Lisa brings a solid foundation of education and training to her private life coaching practice. She has a bachelors degree in psychiatry, a masters degree in social work and a life coaching certification. The ten years that she practiced as a social worker she worked in the fields of end-of-life care, geriatrics and inpatient medicine and psychiatry within the VA medical system. Her combined experience and skill sets make her an excellent person to have in your corner when life gets tricky.

Vanessa Lambert
Hans Lundquist
Hello! My Name is Hans Lundquist, and I grew up here in Sioux Falls. I am currently in my senior year of study at The University of Sioux Falls where I study Music Education. I started learning music from my dad in elementary school when he started teaching me piano. Although I stopped piano, I started learning the trumpet in 5th grade and continue to play it now in college. I started learning the guitar from my dad in the 6th grade and continued teaching myself throughout high school. After practicing for many hours over the years, I honed enough my skill to play professionally. I have played in praise teams in multiple churches, led entire worships singularly, and am currently the worship director for Church on the Street in Sioux Falls. Along with guitar, I have taught myself the electric bass, ukulele, mandolin, and a variety of percussion instruments. I love playing and teaching others to play the guitar, and can't wait to meet you!
Minnehaha Master Gardeners
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 is happy to share his knowledge and love of music with students at two of our 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. He teaches acoustic, bass and electric guitar. Two years ago I began teaching himself Ukulele and Banjo by using the same methodologies used in teaching others. Students with electric guitar will need to bring their own amp to practice.
Ground Works Midwest-SD Agriculture
Todd Novak
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.
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!
Glenda & Jeff Pray

Jeff and Glenda have been dancing and teaching ballroom, latin, swing and country dance in the Sioux Falls area since 2008. They studied and taught dance at Ballroom at the Bridges before it closed in 2010 and have owned their own business since then. Not only do they enjoy teaching dance in the studio but they share their love for dance with community groups and charity organizations.Community Education classes give community members options they might not think of or are intimidated by for educational opportunities, making them convenient and inclusive. We think this ballroom dance class would be a perfect fit for Community Ed to make folks aware of the dance opportunities in Sioux Falls and the realization that they can participate.

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."
Dan Roberdeau
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!
Lois Running
LandShark Scuba
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
Lori Sheldon
Travis Sieber
Natalie Sorenson
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.
Dawn Szymik
Hello, my name is Dawn Szymik. I have been teaching Zumba since 2009. Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party!! Since I was introduced to Zumba I knew this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I have always had a passion for dance and fitness. I used to be 260 pounds, and in the journey of losing weight I knew it was my mission to help inspire others! Zumba has changed my life because it has given me back happiness, a purpose, and a mission to help others through what ever journey they are on! I stage my classes in a club style environment to create a comfortable, non-intimidating, party like atmosphere. If you have never taken a Zumba class, please come try it with me! We love to laugh, shake, sweat, dance, and most importantly have FUN!!!!
Karen Thornbrugh
Tracy Vik-Sonia Sotomayor Principal
Troy Vink


Master Troy Vink - 5th Degree Black Belt

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
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.
Molly Wilson
Rhonda Wilson