Your child’s teacher probably didn’t have to move far for work. According to the Sioux Falls School District, 72-percent of new teachers are from right here in South Dakota.
We talked with one teacher about why she chose to stay close to home.
Teachers are needed all over the world. With South Dakota having some of the lowest wages in the country for teachers, it might be surprising to learn many don’t cross the state line.
“I only applied within like a 15 minute radius of home, because I didn’t want to leave South Dakota,” said Kaylee Anderson, First Year Teacher at Lincoln High School.
Kaylee Anderson is a first year teacher at Lincoln High School. She grew up just down the road in Brandon.
Anderson just started teaching freshman biology and says it’s a dream come true.
“South Dakota has a really strong education system. Especially at Lincoln. My principal would do anything to make sure that we have the necessities that we need and the resources that we need,” said Anderson.
This is good news for the School District. Usually it has to compete with neighboring states that are typically offering better wages not far from home.
“It’s wonderful to keep talent that grew up in the area right here in Sioux Falls. They’ve got wonderful stories to tell. They can relate well with kids. It’s a great thing,” said Becky Dorman, Senior Director of Human Resources for Sioux Falls School District.
Anderson says she’s glad she can bring her knowledge to the same areas she grew up in.
“I got into teaching just because of the kids, and everything else is also just a benefit of being a teacher. I love the light bulb moment that they show,” said Anderson.
Sioux Falls brought in 130 new teachers this year. Most of them are in the elementary schools.