Brian Aust

Marketing & Development Manager

Began at Teachwell:

 2013 and 2020

Why did you choose this field?

Public education is an essential right and a difference-maker for our society, and I am proud to serve communities, educators and students to ensure a high-quality education is available to every child.

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

I had a very special teacher in elementary school that told me that it was important to think about what I would do for a living, but that I should grow up to be the best version of Brian. I've always remembered that.

What or who most inspires you?

I like solving problems - to really dig deep into a challenge, connect the dots toward a solution and then put things in motion. Once people understand and buy into a direction, and an idea takes flight, it gets me fired up.

Why Teachwell?

I believe Teachwell is positioned to lead and innovate in the education landscape, whether that's through best-in-class educational programming for students or by finding solutions to the challenges that school districts face.

How do you hope to make a difference?

I am hoping to help guide Teachwell through an expansion of our campus and our services to meet the growing needs of Sioux Falls and our surrounding communities.

What lessons has your work life taught you?

Throughout my career, it's been really important to be solutions-oriented and to not get stuck doing things simply because it's the way things have always been done. That blends into my personal life, too, as I continually look for ways to grow and better serve others.

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

I earned a B.A. in Advertising from South Dakota State University and a Masters of Communication Arts (MCA) from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. My master's level coursework included an emphasis in Interaction Design, and specifically the research to inform the form and function of web and mobile applications. I am a graduate of Leadership South Dakota. I have spent more than 15 years in the fields of strategy, communication and marketing - all for non-profit organizations.

People would be surprised to know that I . . .

proposed to my wife in front of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and an audience of 2,500 people.