Mr. Shane Heilman – Principal | email@example.com
I became principal of RCHS in 2016 and am originally from Madison, SD. I spent eight years as an English teacher in the Lennox School District before coming to the Black Hills as Assistant Principal at Stevens High School in 2014. I love my job because I love high school students!!! I also love working with a dedicated and creative group of teachers who are PASSIONATE about kids. It’s a fun group! Honestly, my three years so far have been a blast. I love reading and playing ultimate frisbee (not at the same time) and am the world’s fastest somersaulter.
Mrs. Jennifer Roberts – Assistant Principal | firstname.lastname@example.org
This is my third year as assistant principal at Rapid City High School. I love being at RCHS, the students, their families, and the staff who work here are wonderful people.
I was a high school art teacher for 16 years and have been a principal for 5 years. I grew up in Wyoming and went to Black Hills State University for my teaching degree and I am a Nationally Board Certified teacher. I earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from BHSU as well and a Specialist Degree in school administration from the University of South Dakota. I decided to teach because I loved my elementary school art teacher and I wanted to be just like her. I am married and have two children. My son, Jackson, and his wife live Wyoming. My daughter, Morgan, lives in Spearfish. In my spare time I enjoy reading, thrift shopping, and riding my bicycle.
Mrs. Shelley Peterson – Truancy Secretary | email@example.com
I have worked for RCAS for 23 years in September. All those years were spent in the Special Education Department at the Jefferson Building until moving to this position a year ago in December. Jefferson housed the alternative program until they moved here to Rapid City High School 6 years ago. When that program left Jefferson I missed them terribly so when this job opened up, I jumped at the chance to work here. It is the best staff and student body around! I tell everyone that I cannot believe I get paid to work here!!!
I grew up in Rapid City, I have been married to Scott for 28 years. I have 3 kids (Erich, Jenna and Kelsey) and 6 grandchildren. I have 2 fur babies (dogs) that were rescued, Loretta and McGee. My favorite ways of passing time are quilting, camping and swimming. I love spring and summer and do not like winter!!! I am a 14 year breast cancer survivor and truly believe that LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL…EVEN THE MESSY DAYS!
Mrs. Tammy Pahdocony – Truancy Secretary | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Rhonda Lipp – Secretary to the Principal | email@example.com
Officer Eric Dwyer – Building Police Officer | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Eite – Security | email@example.com
Brandon Roth – Security | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kim Bettelyoun – SPED Teacher | email@example.com
Mr. Sean Binder – Internship Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally devoting myself fully to what has been a lifelong passion for teaching and youth services, I joined the Rapid City High School team in 2018. I recently moved back to the beautiful Black Hills or South Dakota from Denver, Colorado where I worked in both the public and private sectors around youth services. I also have experience in non-profit management, public speaking, emergency medicine, outdoor education, juvenile diversion, and am a certified scuba diver. This breadth of experience with many more professional experiences has joined nicely with the Youth Internship course and work-based learning programs. Rapid City High School is an amazing school that truly focus on the whole student. I am thankful every day for the incredible students and amazing staff.
Ms. Peggy Boydston – SPED Teacher | email@example.com
I grew up in New Underwood, SD. I have an Associate of Science degree in administrative medical assisting from National American University, Rapid City, South Dakota, a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/business education from Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, and a Master of Science degree in vocational education from the University of Alaska Anchorage, along with Special Education endorsement from the University of Alaska Southeast.
My experience includes a variety of private sector jobs in South Dakota and Colorado before moving to Metlakatla, Alaska, in 1986 where I was the K-12 Tutor Teacher for the school district, along with teaching night classes for the Ketchikan Community College. I moved to Sitka, Alaska, in 1987, when hired as a business education teacher at Sitka High School, and also taught evening classes for the University of Alaska. I retired after 23 years in Alaska to move back home to South Dakota. After one year, I couldn’t stand it! I had to be working with students, so I have been with the Rapid City Area Schools for nine years.
During my 32 years of teaching, I have traveled some. I have been to Mexico numerous times, and to China once. I traveled in several of the Canadian provinces too. My hobbies include baking, travel, being with friends and family, and throwing ball for my Labradoodle, Sitka.
With a son that has ADHD and attended public schools, I have a strong personal interest in making sure that ALL children have a positive, successful school experience.
Mr. Ryan Brewer – PE/Computer Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Brewer has 3 children, Adella (12), Azariah (8), Luca (4). He is a devoted father and the editor of the Father’s Rights Movement in SD. He has an Associates Degree and an English Literature Bachelor’s degree from Augustana University. He started his professional career as a businessman selling pharmaceuticals. This transitioned into selling holistic best practice coaching for a company in Florida. He moved to Puerto Rico where he owned and operated a small family bar and grill on the beach. After the hurricane Principal Heilman offered Mr. Brewer a teaching position in SD and he moved back to influence the future generations of America. Currently, he is teaching Cardio and Computer Graphics classes with an emphasis in strong mentorship.
Mr. Brewer enjoys discussing current affairs with students and building strong meaningful relationships in order to give the best support to our young adults searching for purpose and meaning in their lives.
Ms. Toni Brun – Teacher | email@example.com
Throughout my life I have lived in Minneapolis, MN, on a ranch between Baker, MT and Ekalaka, MT, Aberdeen and Redfield, SD, Colorado Springs, CO and finally Spearfish, SD.
In high school and beyond I worked at the Redfield Developmental Center. In Colorado Springs I ran my own licensed childcare center. When we moved to Spearfish, I worked as a counselor at The Black Hills Children’s Home Society, Canyon Hills Center, and Northern Hills Training Center. I become a real estate agent at RE/MAX In The Hills for a few years. I have worked as a special education teacher at Central High School, Upton High School in Wyoming, and Rapid City High School.
I have attended college at Northern State University and Black Hills State University. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Education degree in special education with a minor in reading. I have a Master of Science in Education degree in leadership and administration.
I have been married for most of my adult life to my husband Matthew, and we have three teenage children. I have an amazing dog named Olly and a hilarious cat named Tator. Oliver is the love of my life and keeps me busy attending to his never-ending needs while I am home.
I love my job and working with all of my school children and my school family.
Ms. Julie Callahan – JAG Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Former English teacher turned JAG teacher, I have been teaching for 11 years, all with Rapid City Area Schools. I got my undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and my Masters degree in Education from the University of Sioux Falls. I decided to become a teacher because my mom was a teacher and I always knew how much she enjoyed her job. I am married and have three children. We like all kinds of outdoor activities, like biking and hiking, and games, such as ping pong and card games. We have an amazing cat who likes to attack anyone who pets her, but she’s fluffy and cute. I love teaching at RCHS because of ALL of the wonderful people here.
Mr. Dwayne Cole – Computer Teacher | email@example.com
This is Mr. Cole’s 1st year at Rapid City High School. Prior to working at RCHS, Mr. Cole had taught in Lynden, WA, and Mitchell, SD. Mr. Cole received his BAEd degree from Eastern Washington University and his graduate degree from Dakota State University in Educational Technology (MSET). Mr. Cole’s passion for technology came as a result of Governor Janklow’s teacher initiative designed to inspire teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms in 2002.
Mr. Cole has also taken course work in music composition at Bellevue College and University of Iowa. As a result, he has directed bands and choirs at a variety of different schools and churches.. Most recently, he had the opportunity to fill-in as jazz band director at Blaine High School in Blaine, WA. Mr. Cole is married and they will be celebrating their “Silver Anniversary” 25 years this year (2019). They have 2 grown children that reside in Washington.
Mr. Cole enjoys traveling, going out with family and friends, writing music, church activities, tennis, swimming, and is in the process of negotiating getting a dog.
Ms. Stacy Cole – SPED | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Kevin Dorsman – English Teacher | email@example.com
The year was 1999 and my aunt and uncle patiently awaited my name to be called and watch me accept my diploma from Black Hills State University. I received my BS in Education and majored in Fine Art and English. Although my intentions were good, I had forgot to inform my relatives that I had won an all-expense paid vacation, over my graduation date, to Cozumel, Mexico. Needless to say, later that evening, I had a confused and worried voicemail from my aunt as to why I was not at my graduation. That voice mail cost me nearly $5 in international roaming fees. From that day on, I was acutely aware of covering all my bases.
Prior to joining the staff at Rapid City High School, I traveled, played music across the United States and had a career in management that spanned nearly 15 years and ranged from retail to financial services. I had always gravitated toward staff development roles and felt the desire to pursue my own classroom. Today I can be found tucked away on the fourth floor, blissfully reading, writing , correcting papers and listening to music.
Ms. Kara Halverson – Personal Finance/Social Studies | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Halverson attended National American University, Black Hills State University, and University of South Dakota. She has a diploma in Medical Transcription, a Bachelors in Social Science, and a Masters degree in Secondary Administration.
Ms. Halverson has taught for 22 years with the last 20 years in the Rapid City Area School District. Past jobs include everything from a medical transcriptionist to a meat-packing plant worker.
Ms. Halverson, her husband, and her three dogs enjoy boating and camping. When she is not on the lake, you can find her either gardening at home or on her motorcycle. She loves long distance endurance motorcycling.
Ms. Sabrina Henriksen – Science Teacher | email@example.com
My name is Sabrina Henriksen and I have been teaching in Rapid City for 14 years. I started in 2005 when the alternative program was located at the Jefferson building and then moved into RCHS when we opened 6 years ago. Currently I teach Chemistry and Physical Science. I love RCHS and the fact that each day I come to work is different. I love helping students understand science and how it relates to their lives. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from USD in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, also from USD. I grew up in Sioux Falls, so I am a South Dakota native but I have lived in other states for varying amounts of time. Before moving back in 2005 I taught middle school science in Texas. One of the things that keeps me here in Rapid City is the beautiful hills and all of the variety we have within a short amount of time. My family loves to be outside and enjoying the amazing surroundings we live in.
Ms. Susan Hoeffner – Science | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Elizabeth Claymore-Hogan – English Teacher | email@example.com
I have been teaching English in Rapid City since 1994 and have been with the alternative program since 2000. Besides teaching, I enjoy hiking with my dogs, playing guitar and violin, skiing, and horseback riding. I believe in the power of junk food and long naps.
Ms. Rachel Kale – Science Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello! I am the biology teacher at Rapid City High School. My classes have a balance of online notes and videos and in-class projects and labs. It is a privilege to share my knowledge and love of nature and biology with my students.
I’m originally from Michigan and earned my K-12 Spanish major, Secondary certification, and Biology minor from Andrews University. When not at school, you might find me traveling the world, paddling at the lake, backpacking or hammocking in the woods, experimenting with vegetarian cuisine, or playing piano.
Mr. Bret Klopp – Geometry Teacher | email@example.com
My first year teaching in the Rapid City Area School District was the 2018-2019 school year. I taught the geometry portion of the Geometry in Construction Program which I partner teach with a construction teacher. This program is designed to teach relevancy of the math with how it is incorporated in the construction industry. Before this I taught for one year in Hot Springs, SD, teaching 8th grade math before I could make the move to Rapid City.
I am married to my wife Chelsea and enjoy spending family time with her and our son Oliver who is a young toddler. Another thing to say about me is that I was an accomplished wrestler who holds the sport in high regard. Beyond all of that I enjoy spending my time with anime/manga and video games.
Ms. Karen Koupel – Social Studies Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Lorne Lawrence – Math Teacher | email@example.com
My name is Lorne Lawrence and I am a math teacher at RCHS. I have taught in Rapid for 12 years, all with the alternative program/RCHS. I previously taught for 13 years at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte where I was a science teacher, but also taught math on occasion, as well as the football coach for a couple of years. I earned my BS in Composite Science at BHSU in 1993 before heading to the Harvard Graduate School of Education to receive my EdM in Teaching and Curriculum in 1994. I originally decided to go into teaching because I had good math and science teachers when I grew up in Pierre and was hoping to pass along that same excitement for math and science classes to my students. I also had a desire to do some coaching, which I was able to do in my first stint of teaching at C-EB.
I grew up in Pierre and lived in the Hills for most of my college career, with the one-year exception while I lived in Cambridge, MA, before choosing Eagle Butte. After getting married we moved to the Hills, settling in Sturgis, where I currently reside. I have two kids, ages 8 and 13, who go to school in Sturgis and keep me busy with school and activities. I don’t have any pets, though my kids think I seem to need a cat or two. I would prefer a dog, but I don’t want to have one if I don’t get any real time to spend with it. My hobbies include video games (Halo and driving games) as well as watching sports, as my playing days are long gone as my body keeps reminding me. I do still golf, although I am by no means any good at it, but I still enjoy the one or two decent shots I hit per round.
I like the alternative setting here at RCHS and am excited to see what we have in store for next year and beyond for our students.
Mr. Brady Licht – English Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Brady Licht teaches English 10A and 10B along with Reading. He holds a B.S. in English Education and also holds endorsements within Biology & Elementary/Secondary School Library. His classes often focus on collaboration, inquiry, and real-world application. He considers himself a lifelong learner and a giant nerd. He participates/runs a number of programs, clubs, and organizations. His favorite poet is Fernando Pessoa.
Ms. Danielle Love – Spanish Teacher | email@example.com
Ms. Leslie Lowe – SPED Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Andrew Meiron – McKinney-Vento Advocate | email@example.com
I’m relatively new to the RCHS team having started my position as a McKinney-Vento Advocate in
October of 2017. As a McKinney-Vento advocate I work at RCHS and CHS providing direct and indirect
services to students in temporary housing situations, helping them to eliminate barriers to receiving an
education. During my time as an advocate this has included doing things like assisting with
EBT/Medicaid applications, providing clothing and basic hygiene products, and guiding students towards
appropriate services. I truly love my job, its humbling and fulfilling to be present with a helping hand as
today’s youth persevere through so much adversity.
I’ve spent most of my life in Rapid City and love the Black Hills. I’ve been married to my awesome wife
Nicolette for 8 years and have two boys (Jude and Chance) who keep me company when I’m at home.
My family and I enjoy our free time exploring the hills and playing video games together.
Mr. Jason McNabb – Science Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Kurt Meyer – Math Teacher | email@example.com
My first career was in county government. One of the things I was called on to do while there was to train employees in court procedures and the penal code. I enjoyed that, and attended the Graduate School of Education at a branch of the University of Texas to fulfill the requirements to teach secondary mathematics.
I then taught math in Texas. My wife and I retired to South Dakota in 2010. However, I have worked in different capacities for this school district since 2010, and am, as of the 2018-2019 school year, in my third year teaching at RCHS. I am currently building my third government retirement, though I have no plans to actually retire from teaching.
I have been married for thirty years and have two children. My son is a computer geek in Wyoming, and my daughter works as a registered nurse in Rapid City. In the summers I travel, hike, and fly fish. Last summer I was fortunate enough to make a third trip to Europe. I am currently struggling to understand music theory while learning guitar, mandolin, and electric violin.
Mr. Jeff Nelson – Construction Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Tracy Pfieffer – Interventionist | email@example.com
Mr. Paul Pool – PE/Social Studies | firstname.lastname@example.org
– graduated high school from Chandler High School – Chandler, Oklahoma
– graduated college with a bachelor of science in education degree from Northeastern State University – Tahlequah, Oklahoma
– hobbies – hunting, fishing, and golf
– family – wife – Courtney, son – Cael(9), daughter – Pyper (6)
– have taught for 24 years….. 15 in Allen, Texas and 9 in Rapid City
Ms. Sherri Rathert – Math Teacher | email@example.com
I have been teaching in Rapid City since September 2001. I started teaching for the Alternative High School and loved it. I taught mathematics part-time at the Jefferson building for 3 years and then decided to take a full-time math teaching position at the Lincoln building. I moved with the academies into the old Dakota Middle School building in 2012. I continue to teach ninth grade mathematics here at the now “Rapid City High School” building. I truly love the students and staff I work with everyday and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.
Ms. Jesse Rencountre – JAG Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
This is my 10th year working in the RCAS district. I received my Masters in counseling, specializing in School Counseling in 2007 from South Dakota State University. I spent 2 years as an elementary school counselor East River but wanted to come back to the beautiful Black Hills area that I so deeply love. I then spent 5 years as a school counselor at Knollwood Elementary and moved over to Central High School for one year to finish their last year in a grant. This is now my 4th year at Rapid City High School as a JAG Specialist. I absolutely LOVE this position because I am with my same students from the beginning of the school year to the end and I have the opportunity to see them blossom into young leaders they are while growing their skills and self confidence.
I grew up on the Standing Rock Reservation all my life and after attending college in Spearfish and experiencing the beauty of the Black Hills I knew I wanted to stay in this beautiful area that our Lakota ancestors for centuries have called the “heart of everything”. My husband, Whitney and I have been married for almost 18 years and we have four beautiful daughters ages 17, 12, 10, and 2. I enjoy photography, powwows, traveling the world, working with youth, sharing my Lakota culture, and making people smile. I recently published my first children’s book in 2018 titled, “Pet’a Shows Misun the Light” and currently in the process of publishing more.
Mr. Tim Scull – Art Teacher | email@example.com
Mr. Jesse Sporrer – Social Studies Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Tracy Sutterer – English Teacher | email@example.com
Ms. Darcy Winger – ELA/Social Studies Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Matt Wiebe – Art Teacher | email@example.com
Wiebe’s undergraduate studies have included Art and Science education from Black Hills State University. He earned a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University. He has taught in a variety of settings ranging from the sub-Saharan country of Burkina Faso in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer to middle and high school instruction in Fisher, IL (go Bunnies!) to the cadaver labs of an Illinois community college and Kansas State University. Matt has also been an instructional designer with a national for-profit university and with a two-year Technical College. He is excited to draw upon his diverse experiences and skills at RCHS helping students develop their creativity!
Ms. Justein Zens – Math Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Eva Bareis – Para-Professional | email@example.com
Ms. Kelly Barnes – Student Teacher Social Studies | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kristina Bender – Para-Professional | email@example.com
Ms. Melanie Boken – Secretary to Records | firstname.lastname@example.org
I came to Rapid City High School in September 2018 after working almost 4 years at Youth and Family Services. My passion, since I was a little girl, has been working with children of all ages. Seeing a child struggle, then being a part of their success is rewarding and I am proud to be a part of that in any way I can!
I have lived in Rapid City for most of my life, but also spent 10 years in Texas and 1 year in Wyoming. I have 2 beautiful children, both boys, Chandlor and Ryker. I was blessed with one early in life and the other later in life and they are both the reason that I strive to be the best person I can be every day! My favorite things in life are being with my friends and family, cooking, playing games, singing karaoke, dancing, and enjoying the outdoors when the weather is nice. I am truly blessed and am thankful everyday to make a difference in the lives of our children!
Ms. Joyce Linn – Learning Zone Paraprofessional | email@example.com
I started my illustrious career with the school district as a lunch/playground supervisor for one year at Pinedale Elementary. After that I moved to the cafeteria at Stevens High School, I worked in there for two years. I made the decision to take the test that would allow me to become a Para.
This is my thirteenth year as a Para Educator, I worked in the Academic Resource Center at Stevens High School for ten years and then moved to Rapid City High School to oversee ISS. I was only in the ISS room for a year and this is the second year that I have been happily working in the Learning Zone/Library at Rapid City High School.
The best part of my job is helping students succeed in high school and seeing them move on to bigger better things.
Ms. Kristin Smiley – Suspension/Expulsion Paraprofessional | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi! I help in the suspension/expulsion classroom. I love the students that we get to be with. They don’t know how awesome they are, but they’re some of the kindest and most resilient people I’ve ever met.
Before I came to RCHS, I was outside all the time helping with my family’s ranch at Red Owl, SD. Now, I spend my time in a room without a window, but I still see more beauty each day than I ever knew existed—all found in our students and staff.
When I’m not at school, you can probably find me outside, baking, or with my family and Young Life friends.
Ms. Sheila Walker – Learning Zone Paraprofessional | email@example.com
I have worked for the Rapid City School District since 2000. The first 6 years I had the enjoyment of substituting for teachers, para-professionals and secretaries. I worked with every grade level, each school in Rapid City, and all the different subjects taught. I finally went full-time in 2007, starting at National American University with the Oyate program. Followed by a move to Career Learning Center, still with Oyate but with an added G.E.D for under 18. Final destination is Rapid City High School in 2012, here I was moved to The Learning Zone, a room which offers assistance for all students needing extra help with any subject. Back in 2017-2018 school year, I was honored to be added as,” The Information Media Specialist”, ( Librarian for short) Final words: Hello there, I work in Learning Zone and Library. 😁
Facilities Care Team
Michael Rang – Building Maintenance | firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen – Building Maintenance |