Phone: 605-696-4538


Degrees and Certifications:

EDUCATION: Brookings High School (1992) Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, Bachelor of Arts in American Cultural Studies (1996) Lesley University, Cambridge, Mass., Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction, Specialization in Literacy (2009) CREDENTIALS: S.D. Teaching Certificate for English Language Arts (5-12) and Social Studies (6-12) with an endorsement to teach English as a New Language (K-12) TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Wells High School, Wells, Maine (1996-2010) -- English, history, and journalism teacher, grades 9-12 South Dakota State University (2010-2018) -- Dept. of Teaching, Learning & Leadership; instructor in the secondary teacher education program Mickelson Middle School (current) -- Reading, grade 8

Ms. Lacher-Starace

My professional passion is building meaningful relationships with students, their families, and my colleagues. I am a better teacher and a happier person when I am surrounded by people who are working toward a common goal.

I believe that teaching is a noble profession, and teaching reading is especially powerful because there is plenty of research that shows that successful readers are successful adults -- in school and in the workplace. It is my goal to help each of my students grow as readers and as leaders -- to connect with books and to connect with their community.

I am not simply teaching the reading;

I am teaching the reader.

- Kelly Gallagher

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My family is very important to me, and I love spending time with them. My husband, Michael, is a special education teacher at Flandreau Indian School, and in the fall, he is the assistant girls varsity soccer coach for the Bobcats. My daughter, Olivia, is in 8th grade, and my son, Jonathan, is in 4th grade. My parents live just west of Brookings, and my sister is a high school math teacher at the International School of Brussels, Belgium.

My free time is also very precious to me, and I spend it attending sporting events with my family, reading, riding my bike, cooking and baking.