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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, contact Holly Robling

Division of the Secretary - (605) 773-5669

This division is responsible for education leadership at the state level. The Division of the Secretary directs the department's strategic planning, communications efforts and legislative action. The Professional Practices Commissions fall under this area as well.

- Dr. Ben Jones - Secretary of Education
- Mary Stadick Smith - Deputy Secretary
- Mary Giddings, Secretary
- Ferne Haddock - Legal Assistant
-Joe Moran - Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives
- Kodi Odean-Carlin - Information Officer
- Ruth Raveling - Information Specialist
- Holly Robling - Executive Assistant
- Diane B. Roy – General Counsel

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

- Shannon Malone - Title Programs Administrator
- Julie Elrod - Title I Secretary
- Vera Tipton - School Improvement (SIG) Title I Program Specialist
- Betsy Chapman - Title I Program, Schoolwide Programs School Improvement, Data Verification
- Jordan Varilek - Title I Program, School Improvement (SD LEAP)
- 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
- Vacant - Accountability Program Specialist

21st Century Community Learning Centers
- Alan Haarstad - 21st CCLC
- Lauren Jahn - 21st CCLC

Child & Adult Nutrition Services

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

- Linda Turner - Director
- Wendy Trujillo - Assistant Director
- Vacant - Secretary
- Jodi Berscheid - Special Education Program Specialist
- Rebecca Cain - Special Education Program Specialist
Lindsey Bomesberger - Part B Data Manager
- Brandi Gerry - Special Education Program Specialist
- Melissa Flor - Special Education Program Specialist
- Beth Schiltz - Special Education Program Specialist

- Sarah Carter - Birth to 3 Director
- Crystal Goeden - Birth to 3 Specialist
- Steve Livermont - Birth to 3 Specialist
- Vicki Linn - Birth to 3 Specialist
- Kristi Swier - 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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