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Christine Christopherson

Hello! My name is Christine Christopherson and I began working with the DOE on November 9, 2011. I work with Title I, Part A assisting with consolidated applications and conducting reviews. I have had the opportunity to spend the past few months on many reviews and visiting several districts. What a winter we have had!

My family has deep roots in the area. I graduated from Black Hills State University, and later graduated with my Master’s in Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I taught in Gillette, WY then in Minneapolis, MN before moving back to the Pierre area. I spent six years working for The Right Turn coordinating the Even Start Program and teaching at the SD Women’s Prison. I then took the position as Director of the 21st Century Program at Stanley County. Working with a wide variety of Title programs during my career made this a perfect position for me.

I am enjoying traveling around my home state providing technical assistance and getting to know the school districts that serve our children.


Shawna Poitra Hello. My name is Shawna Poitra. I work with Title I, Part A, School Improvement and School Improvement Grants. I also assist with the consolidated applications and reviews. I started with the DOE on November 24th, and have enjoyed my transition to the department.

I am originally from Mandan, North Dakota. The last two years I lived in New Jersey, and am happy to be back in the Midwest. I have a Bachelor of Education in Social Sciences from Minot State University and a Master’s in Education from University of North Dakota. I taught for 4 years in the Bismarck Public School District, and 2 years at Kent Place School, an all-girls college prep school in Summit, NJ.

My husband and I are glad to be in South Dakota. I look forward to working for the DOE and living in the Pierre area.
Title Spotlight
Spring 2011