Special Education Instructor Katie Stier

Sully Buttes alum Katie Stier says she was directionless when she graduated in 2014, but her mom, high school secretary Mary Jo Stier, put her on course for a job with a future. "I didn’t know what I wanted to do," said Stier about the uncertainty that came with graduation. "My mom told me, ‘You’re going to DSU and you’re majoring in Special Education.’"

With the out-of-the-nest push from her mom, Stier enrolled at Dakota State University in Madison. "When I took Ed Psych, I fell in love. I knew that this was what I was supposed to do."

Stier says that her Ed Psych coursework examined how every individual learns in different ways, "and that’s the same with Special Ed, too, the individualization of learning."

Part of her coursework included ‘mandatory’ volunteerism. "I spent days at LifeScape in Sioux Falls, and at an art gallery that was really cool," said Stier. "I volunteered at an adult living center in Madison. My experiences were mostly related to my studies, reinforcing what I’d learned."

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