Students returning to De Smet Schools in August will likely see a few new faces around the campus. We have asked the new staff some questions to help you with an introduction.
Becky Geyer: Athletic Director / Activities Director, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach.
Lacey Holt: My name is Lacey Holt. I will be teaching English language arts this school year to 4th and 5th graders at Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary.
Regan Garry: My name is Regan Garry. I will be teaching Middle School Language Arts and Science.
Jennifer Stofferahn: My name is Jennifer Stofferahn, and I will be teaching grades K-12 art and 8th grade social studies.
Ian Krekelberg: Ian Krekelberg - teaching K-12 Music/Choir.
Geyer: De Smet, S.D.
Holt: I grew up in Ozark, Ark.
Garry: I grew up and went to school in De Smet.
Stofferahn: I grew up on a farm by Iroquois.
Krekelberg: I was born and raised in Worthington, Minn.
Geyer: San Antonio, Texas.
Holt: I recently moved to the area this summer, but before that I lived and taught in Ozark, Ark.
Garry: Most recently I lived and worked in Clark, S.D.
Stofferahn: We lived in Tea, S.D., before moving to De Smet nine years ago.
Krekelberg: I have lived in Huron, S.D. for the last six years.
Geyer: Northern State University, Illinois State University and Texas Woman’s University.
Holt: I went to several colleges. I received an athletic scholarship to play basketball at Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Okla. After receiving my associates degree, I attended University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark., and played basketball for one more year. After a year at U of O, I moved to Missouri and finished my degree in elementary education at Missouri Western State University.
Garry: I went to college at South Dakota State University.
Stofferahn: South Dakota State University.
Geyer: Previous collegiate women’s basketball coach and high school athletic director.
Holt: I have taught for 17 years. This coming school year will be 18. I taught at Ozark Middle School in Ozark, Ark., my whole teaching career. Over the years I have taught 6th and 7th graders, mostly teaching English and a few years of creative writing.
Garry: I taught 5-7 Language Arts at Clark School District. This will be my second year of teaching.
Stofferahn: I taught art at Vermillion Middle School for six years. Then we moved to De Smet, and I taught art at Huron High School for three years. For the past six years, I have been teaching in Lake Preston. Besides teaching K-12 art, I taught K-8 PE for two years, 6-8 English for two years and 6-8 reading for two years.
Krekelberg: I have worked at Hitchcock-Tulare School for the past three years, and I taught K-12 Music/Choir/Band. I have also substitute taught in Huron across all grade levels.
Geyer: All sports, photography and travel.
Holt: My husband and I enjoy playing golf together. I’m not great at it, but I get a few shots in that keep me wanting to play another day. I love watching my kids participate in sports and watching them do things within the community. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends, gardening and reading a good book.
Garry: I enjoy reading books and finding more books that will interest students. I also enjoy watching sports. I am especially excited for football season. Go Irish!
Stofferahn: Reading, traveling and gardening.
Krekelberg: I love music. I'm always trying to take time to explore new and great music. I am a fan of doing outdoor activities and traveling when I can. I also enjoy connecting with my friends through the computer, since most of them live further away.
Geyer: Son – Clifford Geyer.
Holt: My husband, DJ Holt, and I married last summer. Combined we have five children: Tanner Bailie, Lauren Bailie, Hadlee Holt, Bentlee Holt and Cambree Holt.
Garry: My parents are Bob and Donita Garry. I have an older brother named Cam and a younger brother named Kalen. Austin May is my boyfriend of two years.
Stofferahn: My husband, Shane, works at Lyle Signs. We have an 11-year-old daughter, Karlie, entering De Smet Middle School and a 9-year-old son, Evan, going into fourth grade at Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary.
Krekelberg: I am married to my wife, Marisa, who teaches Early Childhood SPED in Huron. We also have two dogs together, Bentley and Bristol.
Geyer: Marv McCune built a powerhouse athletic program in De Smet. I appreciate the opportunity to build on his excellent work and continue growing our long-standing tradition of excellence.
Holt: The community of De Smet has been very welcoming. There are many friendly people here, and I am looking forward to being a part of it. I’m extremely excited for this upcoming school year and meeting all of my students. Go Bulldogs!
Garry: Teaching back in De Smet has always been my dream. This was an unexpected opportunity that I am truly grateful for. I am so happy to be back in the warm and inviting De Smet community!
Stofferahn: I look forward to being in the same school district as my children and becoming more involved in the school and community.
Krekelberg: I am looking forward to teaching in De Smet and expanding my abilities and expertise in the fields of teaching and music. I am also excited to join a music team where we can bounce ideas off of each other and grow together. Lastly, but most importantly, I'm eager to get to know the students of De Smet and help them achieve goals and to work with them to expand their knowledge, understanding and overall enjoyment of music.
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