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Pierre teacher receives recognition for providing real world opportunities

Lakisha Jordan
South Dakota Retailers Association
Lakisha Jordan

The South Dakota Retailers Association has named LaKisha Jordan the 2024 ProStart State Educator of Excellence.

ProStart is a nationwide high school curriculum that prepares students for leadership positions in culinary and restaurant settings.

This award recognizes Jordan’s commitment to combining real world experiences inside and outside the classroom.

“Cultivating culinary curiosity is not just about teaching recipes, it’s about sparking a lifelong passion for flavor exploration,” said Jordan. “As a ProStart culinary arts instructor, I believe in igniting that curiosity within my students.”

Jordan teaches Family and Consumer Sciences at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre.

According to the Retailers Association, her students learn skills through coursework, and then apply those skills through catering events and hosting community cooking classes.

Ryan is the local host of "Morning Edition". Originally from Iowa, he first came to the Black Hills to study at SD Mines. After graduating in 2019, he was an educator in Arizona and North Dakota before returning to the Black Hills.