Following her graduation from TF Riggs High School in Pierre, Emily Rice attended South Dakota State University in pursuit of an early childhood education degree, and “I did a co-op with Dakota State University in Madison for my middle school certification,” said Rice.
Nearing completion of her Bachelor’s Degree, Rice says that she met Agar-Blunt-Onida Elementary Principal Amber Mikkelsen at a job fair. “I thought it sounded like a good district to work for.”
Rice is now in her second year with ABO. She is teaching in the Sully Buttes Middle School. “My first year went well,” said Rice. “I’m back for year two.”
With teaching endorsements in K-8 science, writing, and social studies, Rice says, “I do it all.”
For Sully Buttes, she teaches sixth grade reading and writing and eighth grade history and co-teaches with Lisa Handcock 8th grade math.
Rice makes her home in Pierre and says that weather has impacted only one day of her commute. “It took me an hour to get home,” said Rice. “They called school early that day.”
Although she is a native of the area, Rice says that she doesn’t take advantage of outdoor activities. An avid crafter, Rice likes to “cook, knit and cross stitch.” Rice counts as family her parents and a younger brother.