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Kristen K.

605-353-5850 | kristen.steffen@trojans.dsu.edu | 7801 Boulder Creek Place #4 Sioux Falls, SD 57106

Educational Philosophy
I believe that all students have the right to a proper education; one that is student-centered. Teaching should be
adjusted to meet the needs of the students. It is my job to fulfill the students' need for learning by creating and
following through with engaging and relevant lesson plans. I will meet the needs of the students at, below, or above
grade level by differentiated instruction. I plan to have an active, hands-on classroom by bringing in several different
resources and manipulatives to aide in student learning. I believe timely feedback is a critical need for student
success. It gives the chance for students to reflect on their work. I will provide a warm and friendly classroom that
the students will feel comfortable in. I believe that rapport is one of the most important aspects in education.
Building relationships with my students is something I will always try to do daily. Not only do I want students to
succeed in the classroom, but in life as well. I hope my students will carry life lessons with them as they grow older.

Dakota State University – Elementary Education (BS) - Expected Graduation Date: May 2019 2016-Present

Dakota State University – Business Management (AS) 2014 2012-2014

South Dakota State University
Huron High School

Work Experience
Student Teacher, Harrisburg School District, Sioux Falls, SD 2018-Present
1st Grade After-School Teacher, Huron School District, Huron, SD 2017-2018

Substitute Teacher, Huron School District, Huron, SD 2017-2018

Graphic Designer, Ellwein Brothers, Inc., Huron, SD 2009-2017

Reading Tutor, America Reads, Brookings, SD 2011-2012

Business Management (AS), Dakota State University, Madison, SD 2012-2014

South Dakota State University Dean's List 2010-2012

Dakota State University Dean's List 2012-2014, 2016-2017

Professional Organizations/Specialized Training

 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) 2018
 Child CPR AED 2018-2020
 Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Mandatory Reporters - Department of Social
Services (DSS) 2017

Community Service
United Way, Red Cross – Huron, SD 2014-2018

Available upon request.