Melody Schopp

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Melody Schopp
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South Dakota Secretary of Education
Incumbent
In office
January 2011-present
Years in position 3
PartyNonpartisan
PredecessorTom Oster
Compensation
Base salary$106,605
Elections and appointments
AppointedApril 7, 2011
Appointed byGov. Dennis Daugaard
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolUniversity High School, Greeley Colorado (1973)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Mary (1976)
Master'sUniversity of Mary (1995)
Ph.D.University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2008)
Personal
Place of birthGreeley, Colorado
ProfessionTeacher
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Melody Schopp is the current South Dakota Secretary of Education. She has been serving as Interim Secretary since Gov. Dennis Daugaard took office in January of 2011, and was formally appointed to the position on April 7, 2011.[1]

Biography

Schopp was raised in Greeley, Colorado, and taught for 23 years in Lemmon, South Dakota.[2] She worked for the state Department of Education for 11 years before she was named as interim South Dakota Secretary of Education in 2010.[3]

Education

  • B.A., Elementary education, University of Mary
  • MA, Elementary education, University of Mary
  • PhD, Educational studies and higher education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Political career

Secretary of Education (2011-present)

Schopp has served as secretary since Gov. Dennis Daugaard took office in January of 2011, and was formally appointed to the position on April 7, 2011.[4]

Elections/Appointments

2010

Schopp was appointed as interim South Dakota Secretary of Education in December 2010 by then Gov.-elect Dennis Daugaard. She was serving as deputy secretary at the time. Schopp stated, “I am making no assumptions at this point as to what will happen after. I am serving at the pleasure of the governor-elect at this point and would be honored to serve in the permanent role going forward.”[3]

Personal

Schopp and her husband, Arnie, have two children and live in Meadow, SD.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Oster
South Dakota Secretary of Education
2011-present
Succeeded by
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