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Jan Kappelman

  • Title: SD SFEC Learning Specialist
  • Division: Community, Family & Special Services
  • Department: SD SFEC
  • Favorite quote: “People do not care about what you know until they know how much you care.” Theodore Roosevelt
  • Favorite activity/thing to play when you were in elementary school: Softball
  • Favorite book/movie/podcast: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is my favorite fiction book and author. I would have to say my favorite professional book is A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne.
  • What is something that excites you about the work that you do? I love it when I am working with students, and they go from “I am not sure what I am going to do” to “I am so excited about the career path I have chosen.”
  • What do you do in your position on a day-to-day basis? I have the privilege of helping high school students and adult learners make a plan after they finish high school or earn their GED. I work with the students to explore careers that will identify their skills, interests, and the education they may need, and we create a realistic plan for their future.
  • What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position? I earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in Government and Sociology with an Associative Arts degree in Law Enforcement and Corrections and a Master’s degree from South Dakota State University in Educational Administration. I taught high school English for five years and was an Assistant Principal at Rapid City High School for 12 years. In 2016, I had the opportunity to work for the 21st Century Grant in the Learning Zone program, and currently I work as a Career coach for Rapid City High School and the Career Learning Center adult learners through the South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center (SD SFEC).
  • What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I enjoy reading, hiking, tennis, skiing, spending time with my friends, and keeping up with my three sons, their wives, and my six grandchildren who are five and under!