|South Dakota Secretary of Education, Dr. Rick Melmer (center) visited with Black Hills State University students from the health methods and physical education methods classes at BHSU recently. Melmer told the BHSU students that the teacher education program at BHSU is highly respected in South Dakota schools because the students are so well prepared.
Dr. Rick Melmer, South Dakota Secretary of Education, recently spoke to Black Hills State University students in the health methods and physical education methods classes.
Melmer told the BHSU students that the teacher education program at BHSU is highly respected in South Dakota schools because the students are so well prepared. He also reminded the students that teaching is a critical profession, and that they should be very proud of their career choice.
Melmer has been instrumental in advancing health education and physical education programs in public schools in recent years. Sandy Klarenbeek, health educator in the College of Education at BHSU, says that Melmer is an excellent advocate for healthy lifestyles and understands the connection between body and mind.
Dr. Betsy Silva, BHSU associate professor and chair in the department of health and physical education, and Klarenbeek along with students from their classes had the rare opportunity to visit with Dr. Melmer and ask specific questions. Students indicated they appreciated Melmer’s inspiration and advice.
“The biggest influence Dr. Melmer made on me was how he emphasized how good it is to be a teacher. He reminded us that there are no short cuts, hard work wins every time,” commented Michael Nekuda, senior physical education major from Hot Springs.
Melmer also stated that BHSU has a state-wide reputation for graduating highly qualified teachers and that he admires the education program. He told the students they should be proud when they complete their BHSU teaching degree.