Course Listing - by Instructor

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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.
Acorn19 - Bead Co
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!
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.
Ken Bird
Ken Bird began his working career as a high school teacher. After receiving his MA in coun-seling psychology he was also a guidance councilor. Forty years ago he began working in and teaching stained glass. He has been sharing his love of glass ever since. He has been also working with fused glass the last 15 years. With over 45 years teaching under his belt , he loves working with people, sharing his humor, and watching the joy people experience through creating works of art in stained or fused glass. He loves to guarantee you a great time taking one of his classes!
Simply Bookkeeping
Ballroom Dance Club Instructors
Ellison Cutrer
ACF Dakotas
Driver's Ed Driving
Community Education
Melanie Erickson  
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!
Stacy Fisher
John Gilbertson
Chef John Noel Gilbertson CEC,ACE is a Certified Executive Chef and also an Approved Culinary Examiner by the American Culinary Federation.  Chef John has a degree in French Cooking from the French Government- "CAP de cuisine Françoise".  Chef John has prepared food for US Presidents, European Royalty and many famous guests of all kinds.  Chef John loves people, cooking and travel.   Chef Johns favorite item to cook is whatever he's cooking right now.  His favorite place to cook is with you, while sharing love of food, culture and taste.
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!
Nancy Hagen
Ahva Halma
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
Kristjana Hillberg
Alstair Hird My name is Al, and I am from England, and along with my wife and two daughters, came over here in August 2008 to raise young dairy stock for my brother-in-law’s 750 cow dairy in Egan SD. I have always had a passion for making things from wood, (my wife will confirm this, as the house is full of stuff!!) and was introduced to wood turning when a young boy at school, but did not actually take up the hobby seriously until just before we moved over here. I belonged to a Woodturning club in England, and I made sure that there was one over here before I even moved! Siouxland Woodturners are an enthusiastic bunch of people, who will help anyone to learn and improve their woodturning skills. We hope that you will come along and enjoy learning something new!
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
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.
Kristin Kuchenbecker

Education:
Ph.D. in Foreign Language and ESL Education from the University of Iowa
MA in Secondary Education from The University of South Dakota
BA in Russian from Arizona State University
Professional Experience
15th year of teaching High School German
5th year of teaching Junior High German
2nd year teaching German at the College level
Personal Info:
In my free time I like to play table tennis, yes table tennis, I do not call it ping-pong :) I also love to travel, explore new cultures and try ethnic foods.

Esperanza Langle
Amira & Tyler Lawrence
We are a husband and wife duo (plus a dog and baby!) that makes up Lawrence Imagery based out of Sioux Falls, SD. Tyler was born and raised in Mitchell, SD and Amira has spent her entire life in Sioux Falls, SD. Tyler specializes in sports, wedding, and event photography while Amira prefers portrait and art photography. We met in college, at South Dakota State University, in a photography class and have bonded over everything photo since! From functionality to gear questions, we have plenty of tips and tricks to offer as we share in our passion with you. We each like to offer a fresh perspective to what photography is and help others be more confident with their cameras.
Anna Maifeld
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.
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.
Olivia Moede
JJ (Jessica) Nelson
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!”

 

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
Cherri Palmer
Patricia Pannell
Stephanie Peterson


Stephanie is a graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School and Augustana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She has eight years of political experience in Washington, DC where she worked on Capitol Hill for former Senator Tom Daschle.

Moving home to South Dakota in 2014 with her husband and two teenage sons has allowed Stephanie to reconnect with her roots and her passions. Last year, she founded Fruit of the Coop, LLC, a wholesale egg business, on their farm near the Big Sioux River and Brandon, South Dakota. In addition to selling eggs from her own flock of heritage chickens, she sources eggs from other small flocks within the Sioux Empire. All the chickens are pasture-raised on natural grains and forage, which gives the yolks of their eggs a deep golden color and strong shells. You can find her eggs at Cherry Rock Farm and Glory Garden (a local CSA) and served at Josiah's, Breadico and Morrie's Steakhouse. Stephanie believes in bringing local food to Sioux Falls area establishments and helping to revitalize small and mid-level agriculture in rural economies and communities. She also serves on the board for Dakota Rural Action and is active in DRA's local chapter, Homegrown Sioux Empire.

Glenda 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.

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.
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!

Amy Rollinger
Lois Running
Cathy Schneider
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!
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!
Lynn Shattuck
Sioux Falls 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!

Kathi Skoglund
Kathi Skoglund is a Program Specialist II with the SD DSS Division of Economic Assistance out of Sioux Falls with responsibility for the Long Term Care Partnership Program and the federal Community Services Block Grant that provides funding to the SD Community Action Agencies. She is responsible for statewide public education for the Long Term Care Partnership Program; and she does training and educational sessions for many college classes, community education, agent groups, and community and consumer groups. She has a BA in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Child/Human Development from South Dakota State University. It is her goal to clarify challenging concepts about long term care to all who come to learn!
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
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!!!!
Gypsy Trading
Tracy Vik-Sonia Sotomayor Principal
Troy Vink, Jr. Master
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 4th 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.
William Wheeler
Molly Wilson
Rhonda Wilson
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.