About the Board

President: Dr. Mary Jones

After teaching gifted education in elementary school, I received my Masters in Elementary Education from Florida International University in 1993. I moved to South Dakota to work at the college level teaching cultural course for preservice teachers in 1994 and completed my Doctorate in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from University of South Dakota in 2006. I currently teach at Black Hills State University and am the Director of the Summer Exploration Institute – a program designed to keep our gifted children challenged in the summer!

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Vice President: Dr. Debbie O'Doan

Secretary: Teri Bauerly

I am currently the Gifted and ESL teacher for the Douglas School District in Box Elder, SD. Prior to my current position I taught 5th grade and was an oline English teacher to students in Japan and South Korea. For the past two summers I have participated in the Summer Exploration Institute in Spearfish, SD. 

My Bachelor's degree was earned at Black Hills State University in Elementary Education. I completed my Gifted Endorsement in 2012. Currently, I am working on my Master's of Science in Curriculum and Instruction- Technology Integrationist. 

Treasurer: Christine Griebel

Membership Chair: Maria Kendle

State Contact: Sue Burgard

South Dakota Department of Education
21st CCLC grant director
Gifted and Talented Contact
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