Lessons from South Dakota’s Jacqueline Sly
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Jacqueline Sly, former Representative, South Dakota House of Representatives
A former teacher and state legislator, Jacqueline shares insights gained from her incredible leadership on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force. RespectAbility is deeply committed to sharing insights, ideas and recommendations from leaders across the country.
Jacqueline has served the people of South Dakota as a teacher and as a state legislator. During her eight years in the South Dakota House of Representatives she has filled a variety of critical leadership roles. During her last term she was Chairwoman of House Education Committee and was a member of House Health and Human Services Committee. In addition, she was a member of the Legislative Planning Committee, the Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council, and the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative Native American Focus Group Together; her experiences provide valuable lessons that can be applied to your work in a variety of sectors.
Jacqueline Sly was a teacher for 37 years. She received her Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary and Special Education from Northern State University in 1969. She completed her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Black Hills State University in 1996. Her teaching career included Special Education, Elementary Education, and Alternative Education. She taught throughout South Dakota.
During the 2015 interim she was Co-chair of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on K-12 Education Funding. Her leadership throughout the taskforce resulted in significant positive changes to South Dakota’s funding for K-12 education. Throughout her career she has led taskforces, been a presenter for conferences and webinars, and mentored. Ms. Sly and her husband, Burton, live outside Rapid City, SD. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.