Vermillion School District
participating in PDC The Vermillion School District is participating in USDâ�?�?s Professional Development Center (PDC) again this school year. The PDC began in 1993 and was created to connect and support the learning of experienced and beginning teachers. The program utilizes the practice of mentoring newly certified, licensed teachers over an extended period of time. Students experience an enriched learning environment where beginning teachers with new ideas and fresh vision, combine with veteran teachersâ�?�? experience and skill. A strong component of the PDC is that the mentors and new teachers are enrolled in graduate programs in the School of Education at USD, studying and learning together while bringing that expertise directly into the classrooms. Kim Johnson is mentoring the first and second grade positions. She has 12 years of teaching experience, the last 11 of which have been in Vermillion. In addition to working on various district projects, she is working on a masterâ�?�?s degree in elementary administration. Nichole Tarr is mentoring the high school math and second grade positions. She has 10 years of teaching experience, the last six of which have been in Vermillion. She is working on a degree in technology for education and training along with a variety of district projects. Jonathan (JJ) Heyden is teaching geometry, accelerated geometry, and statistics at the high school. He taught last year half-time in Vermillion, after graduating from Mt. Marty in 2007. He is pursuing his degree in technology for education and training, and is very excited to be back in the Vermillion Public School system. Mary Fink is teaching first grade this year at Austin Elementary. She graduated in May from The University of South Dakota with a degree in elementary education, after completing her student teaching experience in first grade at Austin Elementary in Vermillion. She is currently working on a masterâ�?�?s degree as a reading specialist, and is also excited to be back in the Vermillion Public School system. Tiffany Richardson is teaching second grade at Jolley Elementary. She is a recent graduate of The University of South Dakota. Tiffany is working on pursing her degree as a reading specialist over the next year. She is very excited to be teaching in the Vermillion School District.
By David Lias For most people in Vermillion, Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson have been merely images on newsprint. The … Read Article