"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
I am Jessica Rausch, the 4th Grade teacher at Sully Buttes' Onida Elementary. I am a Blunt, SD native and attended all 13 years of school at Sully Buttes. After graduation I moved to Spearfish, SD to attend college at Black Hills State University. Four short years later, I graduated and moved home, married my high school sweetheart, Lee Rausch, and began my teaching career. We have three beautiful children -- Hallie Ann (5), Charlie James (4), and Lukas Gerald (2). They keep us on our toes constantly, but we wouldn't have it any other way! The 5 of us reside in Onida, with our two dogs, Jace and Stella.
Since college, I have worked for the South Dakota Discovery Center, Oahe Child Development Center, and Agar-Blunt-Onida School District. While with the SD Discovery Center I spent a summer traveling around SD teaching science to children ranging from 4-16 years old. It was a very rewarding job, helping children get excited about science and learning! With the Oahe Child Development Center I taught preschool for children ranging from 3-5 years old. It was a year spent with many wonderful children learning basic concepts and life skills. While with the ABO School District, I taught Kindergarten and First Grade students in a combined classroom for 5 years and English Language Arts for 4th-5th-6th grade students for 1 year. I loved working with the kiddos as they just began their education, and while they were just ending their elementary level education. Getting to work with the students at all grade levels has really helped me grow as an educator and fully understand where the students should be academically. Now I am in my 8th year of education (Woah!), and I am teaching 4th Grade ELA & Math and 5th Grade ELA. I am enjoying teaching multiple subjects again and helping our 4th & 5th Graders get ready for the Middle School setting. Go Chargers!!