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September 8, 2015

Piedmont Valley Elementary News

PIEDMONT VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL has four new teachers.

Melissa Grimm has been hired as a second grade teacher. The Rapid City Central High School graduate holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in reading, both from Black Hills State University. Melissa has been teaching for the Lead Deadwood School District for the past five years.

Paige Guy, a graduate of Sturgis Brown High School, will be teaching fifth grade at Piedmont. She has been a teacher for four years - the first year was at Whitewood Elementary and the last three were in North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum instruction with technology integration, both from Black Hills State University.

Michelle Ludens is the new kindergarten teacher. The Rapid City Stevens graduate has been a teacher for three years, most recently with Spearfish School District. She has a bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of South Dakota and an elementary education certificate from Black Hills State University.

Molly Reimer will also be teaching kindergarten at Piedmont.  The second year teacher, who is a Huron High School alumna, graduated from South Dakota State University. She taught second grade and coached seventh grade volleyball for the Mitchell School District.

New employees in the SPECIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT are:

Jennifer Fried, who is originally from Kodiak, Alaska, will be in charge of the self-contained classroom at Piedmont Valley Elementary. The first year teacher is a December graduate of Black Hills State University and has worked as a substitute teacher with the Rapid City Area School District.

Amanda Hoffman, a Las Vegas native, will also be teaching at Piedmont Valley. She is a December graduate of Black Hills State University and has been working as a substitute teacher at both Sturgis Elementary and Sturgis Brown High School where she also did her student teaching and internship.

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