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Center for Statewide E-learning
Mary Cundy, Principal
Mewaldt-Jensen 122
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-3382
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Carleen Jaspers



As a Spanish teacher for the Center for Statewide E-learning [CSEL] I am privileged to travel the back roads of South Dakota every Monday through Friday from mid- August to mid-May. 


I returned to South Dakota in 2002 because I longed for the quiet beauty of those back roads. My environment has always been my best teacher:  I fell in love with nature while living in Missoula, Montana; I discovered my passion for the performing arts and all things Latin American while living in San Francisco; I learned to appreciate geologic time while living in Flagstaff, Arizona - a day trip away from the Grand Canyon; Boulder, Colorado, offered me the rugged beauty of Montana and Arizona along with the artistic and intellectual stimulation of Northern California; and Las Vegas, as you might imagine, is beyond description - there is nothing like it, yet my five years in that desert city remain some of my fondest.


Interspersed among those years are countless cross-country trips and three sojourns to Central America - one lasting five months. These gifts continue to sustain me.  Now, as a distance educator, my hope is to awaken students’ curiosity and appreciation for all people and cultures with which we share our planet. 



• South Dakota Department of Education, Alternative Certification Program
• Master of Fine Arts, playwriting, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
• Master of Arts, English, Northern Arizona University
• Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, Northern Arizona University


Teaching Experience:

• CSEL Master Teacher of Spanish since 2008.
• Spanish teacher, Roslyn School:  2003-2008; this also included two years as distance Spanish teacher for Langford School and one year for Florence School.
• 9 semesters as adjunct faculty, Theatre Arts, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Contact Information:


Northern State University
1200 South Jay Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Department Phone:  605.626.3382
Fax:  605.626.3356