Say “Hello” to Our 2016-2017 Teachers
Lead Teacher, Mrs. Jenn Aldren

Hello! My name is Jenn Aldren, and my family includes my husband, Kelly, and our three children: Kaydence, Owen, and Brennen. We call Sturgis our home! I graduated from Black Hills State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Education, majoring in Elementary Education. GO YELLOW JACKETS!  I’ve been enjoying being a stay-at-home-mom since then, as well as substitute teaching for the past 7 years. I also enjoy the outdoors, photography, reading, a good movie, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.

I’m delighted to join the Sturgis Community Preschool team as the Lead Teacher! I look forward to getting to know your child and family as we grow together this year. Each day will be filled with exciting new learning to support your child’s academic and social growth, as well as nurture their sense of wonder and build character and compassion!


Littles Teacher, Mrs. Ginger Smith

My name is Ginger Smith, and my husband, Vaughn Smith, and I live  in Whitewood with our children: Jordan, Ariel, Grace, Gavin, and Stella. I earned a degree in Elementary Education, but have been a stay-at-home-mom since the birth of our first son Jordan. I enjoy watching sporting events, camping, reading, and time with family.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to spend time with the Littles. I love the energy and curiosity that these children will bring to the classroom. I believe that this is a great opportunity to instill a love of learning, and also a love for the social aspect of school as well. Looking forward to the wonderful adventure that we will begin together next fall!


Kindergarten Readiness Teacher, Miss Jessica Kusser

My name is Jessica Kusser. Sturgis is my hometown and now I am raising my son, Zachary here. I graduated from Black Hills State University in 2006 with an Associates Degree in K-12 Paraprofessional, and after a semester break, I returned to finish my B.S. in Elementary Education graduating class of December 2009. I was a paraprofessional at Whitewood Elementary for a year before being offered a teaching job at Hereford, SD. After 2 years, I resigned from that position to be a more active mom for my son who has special needs. For the last two years, I taught preschool at Stepping Stones Daycare. Also since 2012, I have worked the Old Fort Meade Museum during the summer months.

I enjoy bowling, golfing, reading, history, and bonding with my son. I’m excited for the school year to start. Children are amazing and exciting beings. To be able to help them grow is an exciting adventure. Our school year will be full of adventure and learning.