Kris Lavallee

Special Education Teacher

Began at Teachwell:


Why did you choose this field?

Growing up, I always leaned towards a life in education, perhaps as a means to discover more about the nature of things myself. An opportunity arose to get my Masters in Special Education and I grabbed it.

What or who most inspires you?

I am inspired by the myriad possibilities in a child's heart. The drive to uncover the world, unbridled by the restraints of time, the weather, and the finite still stands as my most enduring guide post.

What was your favorite subject in school?

Physics, I was terrible at it, but my growing fascination with the deceptively complex nature of things kept me engaged, and motivated me to do my best.

Why Teachwell?

I personally share and strongly support the team spirit of enthusiasm for learning, transparency and accountability, as both an effective conduit for collaboration and as a model for students. 

What keeps you motivated?

My family, friends, colleagues, students and the ability to engage in mutual discovery with all before mentioned.

How do you hope to make a difference?

I hope to be a guide post for students as they follow their trajectory for success outside of school. 

Goals for the future?

A house, a dog, a canoe and a gas stove are all in my future. I am also hoping to one day pursue a doctorate in Special Education. 

What is your background experience – degrees, experience, skills?

Certificate in Culinary Arts, Mitchell Technical Institute, 2008 Bachelor's Degree in General Studies, University of South Dakota, 2011 Master's Degree in Special Education, University of South Dakota, 2015

People would be surprised to know that I . . .

won the Amateur Beef Cook-off Competition at the South Dakota State Fair in 2009.