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Mathiesen appointed to Board of Education

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Dr. Julie Mathiesen of Sturgis to the South Dakota Board of Education.

Mathiesen will fill the remaining term of Phyllis Heineman of Sioux Falls, who resigned from the board in December after being elected to the South Dakota Senate. The term will expire on Dec. 31, 2012.

I am pleased that Dr. Mathiesen has agreed to accept this appointment, Gov. Daugaard said. She was highly recommended because of her strong background and practical experience in education, and Im sure she will be a great addition to the Board of Education.

Dr. Mathiesen is director of Technology & Innovation in Education at Rapid City. TIE is a nonprofit, statewide organization that provides instructional improvement training and technical assistance to school leaders and teachers across the region. Mathiesen joined TIE in 2005 as a consultant and became director in 2008. She had previously taught art and biology in the Meade School District.

The South Dakota Board of Education has nine members, all appointed by the Governor and requiring state Senate confirmation.