Incredible things have been achieved by Cody Juffer, of North Sioux City, in the math and theatre department at Dakota Valley. This past school term was his sixth year of teaching in the district and his 10th overall year as an educator. An equal passion for mathematics and the fine arts helps Juffer keep students engaged.
“Students pick up on the energy in the room and if the teacher does not convey optimism and excitement, I feel that learning will not take place,” Juffer remarked.
Growing up in Wagner, SD, it was history class that Juffer liked best as a young student. He credited his old teacher for making the content a fun learning experience. Juffer also excelled in English and writing, while earning good grades in math. It was practicality, though, that first pushed him towards a career teaching mathematics.
“I had known for quite some time that I wanted to be a secondary education major,” Juffer remembered. “The subject that I wanted to teach was still up in the air. I ended up enrolling at Mount Marty as a science/math secondary education major. I knew that South Dakota was having a shortage of teachers in these two areas and that they were high demand subject areas. I wanted to ensure that I could find a job.”
While attending Mount Marty in Yankton, Juffer ultimately dropped the science portion of his major to focus more on the math side of things. He is one of only a few members of his extended family to enter the teaching field. His dad, Jeff, operates a real estate and insurance business in Wagner with Juffer’s uncle. His mom, Melonie, is a special education aide at the middle school in Wagner and she also assists with the school’s swimming program.
See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.