Teachers

profesoras / profesores


Dr. Tracy Vik, Principal




Derek Maassen,
Principal



Kiersta Machacek,
Principal



Amber Blume, Principal



Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

1510 S Lake Avenue Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Phone: (605) 367-4655
Fax: (605) 367-7372

Office Hours: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

School Days: Monday - Friday
Start: 7:55 am
Dismissal: 2:45 pm






400 N Valley View Road Sioux Falls, SD 57107

Phone: (605) 367-4590
Fax: (605) 367-6075

Office Hours: 7:00 am - 3:45 pm

School Days: Monday - Friday
Start: 8:00 am
Dismissal: 2:45 pm






5701 E Red Oak Drive Sioux Falls, SD 57110

Phone: (605) 371-4170
Fax: (605) 371-4174

Office Hours: 7:15 am - 4:00 pm

School Days: Monday - Friday
Start: 8:00 am
Dismissal: 2:45 pm






2101 S West Avenue Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Phone: (605) 367-7643
Fax: (605) 367-8457

Office Hours: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

School Days: Monday - Friday
Start: 8:55 am
Dismissal: 3:48 pm






2900 S Cliff Avenue Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Phone: (605) 367-7990
Fax: (605) 367-8492
Registrar Fax: (605) 367-4539

Office Hours: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

School Days: Monday - Friday
Start: 8:20 am
Dismissal: 3:15 pm


Sonia Sotomayor Teachers

Sonia Sotomayor Kindergarten

Yenny Ruiz Pineda Kindergarten: K01
Sonia Sotomayor

Sra. Ruiz is from Bogotá, Colombia. She began her teaching career in Columbia in 1995 before joining the Spanish Immersion program in 2012.


Victor Naranjo
Kindergarten: K02
Sonia Sotomayor

Sr. Naranjo is from Barcelona, Spain. He has been teaching in the Spanish Immersion program since 2016 after being an intern in the 2015-2016 school year.


Vanessa Geannina Graning
Kindergarten: K03 Sonia Sotomayor

Sra. Graning is from Peru and has been teaching in the Spanish Immersion program since 2013, initially as a 2nd grade teacher before kindergarten. She started at Sonia Sotomayor in 2013.

Rachel Rivera Kindergarten: K04
Sonia Sotomayor

Sra. Rivera is from Sioux Falls and has lived in Argentina. She began her teaching career in Spanish immersion in 2016.


Sonia Sotomayor 1st grade

Miriam del Cano
1st grade: 101
Sonia Sotomayor

Srta. Del Caño joins us from Valladolid, Spain. Del Caño was an intern in our program in 2019, but had her time cut short due to COVID. She is excited to return to our program to begin teaching this 2021-22 school year.

Yubeth Medina Olaya
1st grade: 102
Sonia Sotomayor

Srta. Medina is from Bogotá, Colombia where her beautiful family and boyfriend live. Srta. Medina begins her teaching career this year, 2021, and was previously an intern in Minnesota.

Adrián Ledesma Martin
1st grade: 103
Sonia Sotomayor

Sr. Ledesma is from Madrid, the capital of Spain, and started teaching in Sioux Falls in 2021. He is familiar with Sioux Falls, as he was an intern in 2019 at Sonia Sotomayor.

Patricia Martinez 1st grade: 104
Sonia Sotomayor

Srta Martinez is from Mexico and began teaching in 2020

Sonia Sotomayor 2nd grade

Hilda Langle
2nd grade: 201
Sonia Sotomayor

Sra Langle is from Colombia and started in the Sioux Falls Spanish Immersion program in 2014 as a kindergarten teacher before becoming a 2nd grade teacher.

Lissette Gutiérrez
2nd grade: 202
Sonia Sotomayor

Srta. Gutiérrez is from from San Salvador, El Salvador. Coming back to Sioux Falls to teach this 2021/22 school year is a dream come true! Srta. Gutiérrez was a kindergarten intern at SSE in 2017-18.

Florencia Nievas
2nd grade: 203
Sonia Sotomayor

From Argentia and was a Spanish Intern in 2013/14 followed by starting as a 1st grade teacher in 2014 and now a 2nd grade teacher.

Irma Landry
2nd grade: 204
Sonia Sotomayor

Originally from Honduras, Sra Landry began teaching in the Sioux Falls Spanish Immersion program in 2020.

Sonia Sotomayor 3rd grade

Shannon Oostenink
3rd grade: 301
Sonia Sotomayor

Srta. Oostenink is from Des Moines, IA. She studied Spanish and education at Dordt University. During her time in the university, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Sevilla, Spain. She officially began teaching in the Spanish Immersion program in 2020.

Eliana Gutierrez
3rd grade: 302
Sonia Sotomayor

From Colombia and started teaching in the Spanish Immersion program in 2010 (?)

Karina San Martin 3rd grade: 303
Sonia Sotomayor

Sra San Martin originates from Chile and began teaching in the Spanish Immersion program in 2016.


Elsa Flores
3rd grade: 304
Sonia Sotomayor

From Honduras and began teaching in Sioux Falls Spanish Immersion in 2017.

Jennifer Castello
3rd grade: 305
Sonia Sotomayor

Started in the Sioux Falls Spanish Immersion program in 2014 teaching Kindergarten before switching to 3rd grade. From Puerto Rico.

Sonia Sotomayor 4th grade

Gonzalez
4th grade: 401 Sonia Sotomayor

After interning during the 2015/16 school year, began teaching 2nd in the program in 2018 before changing to 4th grade. From Colombia.


Lymari Robles
4th grade: 402
Sonia Sotomayor

From Puerto Rico, Sra Robles began teaching in 2016 in the Spanish Immersion program.

Wilfredo Petit
4th grade: 403
Sonia Sotomayor

Sra Petit is from Venezuela and began teaching 1st grade at Sonia Sotomayor in 2016 before changing to 4th grade.

Valentina Wistuba 4th grade: 404 Sonia Sotomayor

From Chile. Started teaching in the Spanish Immersion program in 2016.

Tamera Tolly
4th grade:405
Sonia Sotomayor

Sra Tolly started teaching 4th grade in 2020 after working as an education assistant the prior year.

Sonia Sotomayor 5th grade

German Arenas
5th grade: 501
Sonia Sotomayor

Began teaching in the Spanish Immersion family in 2020. From Colombia.

Leti Miranda
5th grade: 502
Sonia Sotomayor

Began teaching in the Spanish Immersion family in 2015. From Spain.

Eulalia Triadu
5th grade: 503
Sonia Sotomayor

Began teaching 4th grade in the Spanish Immersion family in 2018 after being a Spanish Intern in 2016. Is now a 5th grade teacher. From Spain.

Gonzalez
5th grade: 504
Sonia Sotomayor

Began teaching in the Spanish Immersion family in 2019. From Spain.

Aida Cortes
5th grade: 505
Sonia Sotomayor

Began teaching in the Spanish Immersion family in 2013 (?) as a 1st grade teacher. Is now a 5th grade teacher. From Colombia.





Nicole Groen
3rd ELA (English Language Arts)
Sonia Sotomayor


Annie Bosler
4th ELA (English Language Arts)
Sonia Sotomayor


Melissa Nuno
5th ESS (Exceptional Student Services)
Sonia Sotomayor



Hayward Elementary Teachers
Two-way Immersion Program



Hayward Kindergarten

Lliana Stephanie Romero Magana
Kindergarten
Hayward

Srta. Romero is from Ahuachapán, El Salvador. She grew up in a beautiful town called Las Chinamas. Srta. Romero was an intern at Sonia Sotomayor for the 2018-2019 school year teaching Kindergarten with Sra Castelló and second grade with Sra Graning. She is excited to begin her teaching career in Sioux Falls in 2021.

Hayward 1st grade

Srta Meza
1st grade
Hayward

Srta Meza was born in Sioux Falls and is proud to be raised in a Mexican-American household. She began teaching with the Sioux Falls Spanish Immersion program in ***

Hayward 2nd grade

Evelyn Hernández
2nd grade
Hayward

Sra. Hernández is from Villavicencio, Colombia. Sra. Hernández was an intern at Robert Frost Elementary School in 2015-2016 and really enjoyed her time here. She even met the love of her life, Fabian, who was a fellow intern at Rosa Parks! Sra. Hernández is beginning her Spanish Immersion teaching career in 2021.


Rosa Parks Elementary Teachers
Two-way Immersion



Rosa Parks Kindergarten

Sr. Rios
Kindergarten
Rosa Parks

Sr. Rios has been a part of the Spanish Immersion family since he was an intern during the 2017/18 school year. He transitioned to a full time teacher in 2019 when he began teaching at Rosa Parks. Sr. Rios is from Bilbao, Spain.

Rosa Parks 1st grade

Srta Luisa Munevar
1st grade
Rosa Parks

Srta. Munevar is from Bogotá, Colombia. Srta. Munevar was a kindergarten intern at Sonia Sotomayor in 2018, it was one of the best personal and professional experiences she has ever had. She is excited to come back to Sioux Falls and begin teaching in 2021

Rosa Parks 2nd grade

Valentina Contreras
2nd Grade
Rosa Parks

Srta. Contreras come to us from from Chile, specifically from a big city called Concepcion and will be a second grade teacher in the Dual Immersion program at Rosa Parks beginning in 2021. Srta. Contreras was an intern at Sonia Sotomayor during the ’18/’19 school year and had an awesome experience.


Edison Middle School Teachers


Edison 6th grade

Ashly Ehde
Math 224

Kayleen Lundquist
English Language Arts 222

Eva Delgado
Spanish Social Studies 225

Sra Delgado was an intern at Sonia Sotomayor in 2016/17 and started at Edison in 2018. She is from Spain.

Loreto Bertoglia
Spanish Science 210

Started teaching at Edison in 2018. She is from Chile.

Laura Morales
Spanish Language Arts 211

Sra Morales began teaching in the Spanish Immersion program as a 3rd grade teacher in 2018. She transitioned to Edison in 2021. She is from ***

Edison 7th grade

Holly Bickley
Math 205

Erin Larson
English Language Arts 204

Rodrigo Vasquez
Spanish Social Studies 206

After being a Spanish Intern in 2013, he started teaching 5th grade in 2016. He transitioned to Edison in 2021. Originally from Chile.

Oscar Hernandez
Spanish Science 156

Started teaching at Edison in 2020. From Colombia.

Marly Abarzua
Spanish Language Arts 207

Started teaching at Edison in 2020. From Chile.

Edison 8th grade

Sr. Fabian Colmenares
Edison Spanish Science and Spanish Language Arts 142

Sr. Colmenares is from San Gil, Colombia, which is known for tourism, nice weather, and good food. Sr. Colmenares is joining the Spanish Immersion program again this year (2021) after being an intern at Rosa Parks in the 2015/16 school year.

Seth Randall
Math 314

Carrie Stolp
English Language Arts 314

Jennifer Vargas
Spanish Social Studies and
Spanish Language Arts 313

Began teaching at Edison in 2021. From Sioux Falls.


Lincoln High School Teachers


Lincoln Senior High School
9th - 12th grade

Monica Conover
Lincoln Spanish Language and Culture
Spanish for Spanish Speakers

Originally from Mexico, Sra Conover has been teaching Spanish Immersion students since 2017.

Andrea Saez
AP Spanish
Spanish 2

Originally from Chile, Sra Saez was a Spanish intern during the 2014/15 school year. She has now joined the Spanish Immersion family in 2021 teaching AP Spanish and Spanish 2

Norma Perez
Spanish Immersion Social Studies
Spanish 1 & 2
Spanish Immersion Speech

Originally from Mexico, Sra Perez joins the Spanish Immersion program this year, 2021.

Inspiration for the Spanish Immersion school and program

Sonia Sotomayor

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university’s highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979–1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984–1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992–1998. She served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998–2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009.

Sotomayor is a testament to the judge’s focus on education and her ascent from a troubled past to the highest court in the nation