Jesse Roshau

First year educator Jesse Roshau grew up in Mobridge, and says that she first enrolled at South Dakota State University where she studied human biology intending to become a pediatric physiatrist, someone who treats a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. “I wanted to help people with muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy,” said Roshau. A bout with pneumonia at two months of age deprived Roshau of oxygen to the brain leading to her cerebral palsy diagnosis. “Having that difficulty, that’s what I wanted to do, to help people learn that even if you have this, you can still do whatever you want.”

“It turned out to be not for me, but I still wanted to work with kids, to inspire them and be a safe haven to look up to and to trust.”

She transferred to Northern State University and took up English education. “I’ve always had a knack for English,” said Roshau. “I love it so much, and I want to show kids the value in it, and why they need it in the real world.”

The switch to English education was a “wonderful” change for Roshau. “Once I got into focused classes, I made so many friends. We relied on each other in those classes. It was a smaller community that gave a nice feeling of belonging and being cared for.”

Introduction to Linguistics turned out to be one of Roshau’s favorite college courses. “I had an enthusiastic professor, and it was so much fun to learn where the English language came from. He loved his job and teaching. If you come in with a great attitude ready to teach, it rubs off on the students.”

In her classroom, Roshau focuses on grammar, and says she loves doing novel studies. “Reading The Great Gatsby or To Kill a Mockingbird, and working on specific skills, fun, hands-on projects, and research.” Roshau says that she discovered gaps in her own education. “I took notes of what I was missing, and I try to be that teacher for my kids, making English as fun as possible while still being educational.”

Roshau says she chose Sully Buttes over other opportunities she had because she wanted to “be at a school where I could wear a bunch of different hats and get the whole 9-12 experience” as opposed to teaching several sections of the same thing.

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