Arseneault elected president of South Dakota Education Association Members of the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) have elected Sandy Arseneault of Custer to be their new president. Arseneault, an educator at Custer Middle School, will officially take office in July.�? â�?�?I am honored to have been elected by my fellow members as the new President of the South Dakota Education Association,â�? said Arseneault. â�?�?It will be a privilege for me to lead an organization that advocates for the best part of the American Dream, a quality public education for all children.â�? While the job comes with many new responsibilities and challenges, Arseneault is looking forward to the opportunity to represent and work for the profession she loves. â�?�?Teaching is not just a profession for me; it is a passion to make a difference in a child's life.â�? Arseneault defeated Bonnie Mehlbrech of Sioux Falls in the election which was held during the month of April.�? She will replace current Association President Donna DeKraai who is term-limited.�? The term of the SDEA president is three years. SDEA is South Dakotaâ�?�?s largest education professionalsâ�?�? organization, representing more than 7,000 elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.