Luke Schmidt

English-Language Arts Teacher

Began at Teachwell:

 2020

Why did you choose this field?

I always enjoyed helping others when I was growing up. I watched the impact that a good educator could have on students and I wanted to have the opportunity to do the same. Educators have a unique opportunity to help develop youth and I wanted to be a part of that.

What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a teacher from a very young age. I have memories in kindergarten of wanting to be a teacher. Other than that, I went through phases of thinking I would be a professional athlete, haha!

What or who most inspires you?

My parents have always inspired me. My mom is a second grade teacher and watching her impact her students and their families was a large reason why I wanted to become a teacher. My dad is the hardest working man I know. Between the two of them they have had a tremendous impact on my life.

Why Teachwell?

Teachwell gives educators a unique opportunity to help young children who may have fallen through the cracks of the traditional public schools. I have always had a desire to help those specific students, so Teachwell was a perfect fit for me.

What are you proudest of?

Getting through college in three years and being able to find a job directly out of school. Especially a job that allows me to help others!

How do you hope to make a difference?

I want to show the young guys here at McCrossan, that no matter what cards they have been dealt up until this point in their life that they are capable of making a difference. I also want them to know that they can do anything they put their mind to.

What lessons has your work life taught you?

Hard work really does pay off. Also, traits such as timeliness, respect and a smile go a long way in becoming successful.

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

I grew up in Watertown, SD, about an hour and a half north of Sioux Falls. I attended South Dakota State University and received a degree in Secondary Education and History. I graduated from SDSU in May of 2020.

People would be surprised to know that I . . .

love the outdoors. Fishing, hunting and golf take up a lot of my free time.