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About the Department of Education

Mission Statement: The South Dakota Department of Education is dedicated to enhancing learning through leadership and service.

South Dakota Department of Education, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
For general inquiries, email doe@state.sd.us or call (605) 773-3134.

Division of Educational Services and Support - (605) 773-6400

This division includes such federal programs as Title, Child and Adult Nutrition Services and afterschool programs (21st Century Community Learning Centers). It encompasses Special Education Programs and the state's Birth to Three Program as well. The state Head Start liaison is also housed within this division.

Title Programs - (605) 773-6400
Child and Adult Nutrition Services – (605) 773-3413
21st Century Community Learning Centers – (605) 773-3261
Special Education/Early Intervention – (605) 773-3678

Ann Larsen - Division Director

Title and Accountability Programs
- Shannon Malone - Title Programs Administrator
- Jordan Varilek - Assistant Administrator
- Julie Elrod - Title I Secretary
- Vera Tipton - School Improvement Grant (SIG) Title I Program Specialist
- Betsy Chapman - Title I Program, Data Verification
- Laura Johnson-Frame - McKinney-Vento, Neglected & Delinquent Coordinator, Title I Program Specialist
- Jenifer Palmer - Title I Part C (Migrant Program) Coordinator Title I Program Specialist
- Yutzil Becker - ELL Program/Title III WIDA Assessment Coordinator
- Dawn Smith - Family Engagement, Title I Program Specialist
- Dorothy Aguilera Black-Bear - Accountability Program Specialist
- Megan Aadland - Accountability Program Specialist

21st Century Community Learning Centers
- Alan Haarstad - 21st CCLC
- Jane Cronin - 21st CCLC

Child & Adult Nutrition Services

- Cheriee Watterson - Director
- Darcy Beougher - Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) & School Food Distribution Program Specialist
- Brigitta Bly - Summer Food Service Program Specialist
- Katie Dryden - Child and Adult Nutrition Programs Specialist
- Quanna Keyser - Procurement, Food Service Management Company Contracts
- Mikayla Hardy - School Nutrition Program, Child and Adult Nutrition Program, and Summer Food Service Program Specialist
- Beth Henrichsen - School Nutrition Programs Specialist
- Rob Ingalls - Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP)/School Nutrition Programs Specialist
- Andrea Krueger - School Nutrition Programs Specialist
- Christina Lusk - The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Specialist
- Courtney Martin - Child and Adult Nutrition Secretary
- Pam McCown - Assistant Director, Community Nutrition Programs
- Andrea Theilen - School Nutrition Program Specialist
- Kristi Thompson - iCAN and Food Distribution Program Assistant

- Linda Turner - Director
- Wendy Trujillo - Assistant Director
- Lindsey Bomesberger - Secretary
- Jessica Ahlers - Special Education Program Specialist
- Rebecca Cain - Special Education Program Specialist
- Angel Corrales - Part B Data Manager
- Brandi Gerry - Special Education Program Specialist
- Melissa Flor - Special Education Program Specialist
- Beth Schiltz - Special Education Program Specialist
- Debra Willert - Special Education Program Specialist

Early Childhood Intervention and Learning
- Sarah Carter - Director
- Crystal Goeden - Birth to Three Specialist
- Jennifer Kampmann - Birth to Three Specialist
- Steve Livermont - Part C Data Manager
- Vicki Linn - Birth to Three Specialist
- Janet Penticoff – Birth to Three Billing
- Jodi Berscheid - Head Start State Collaboration Director

Division of the State Library - (605) 773-3131

The State Library is responsible for developing public and school library services, providing collections to expand local resources, serving special needs populations (including textbooks for visually impaired students), and providing library services to state government.

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