These are incredibly formative years. It's an honor to be a part of the growth process.

- Bonnie E. PearsonSioux Falls School District

South Dakota is looking for elementary teachers who have the ability to communicate well with students, parents and fellow educations.  They are searching for teachers who are willing to be a part of a team and whose main goal is to meet the needs of the whole child.  South Dakota is seeking teacher leaders who have a great desire to create success in the classroom.

South Dakota’s teachers look beyond the tangible and financial benefits of teaching.  Their teachers are yearning for the intangible rewards: the pride of a job well done, the unabashed adoration of a child and/or the gratitude of a parent whose child has learned how to read.  South Dakota’s teachers, while not being the highest paid in the country, take pleasure in perks such as, no state income tax, low costs of living, low crime rates and a pleasant climate.


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