Samantha Walder

Samantha Walder

Dr. Samantha Walder, of Tea, is a mother, wife, educator and lifelong South Dakotan. Walder is in her 15th year in education, her eighth as an elementary principal, and served as the only principal on the Social Studies Standards Revision Commission. Walder graduated from Castlewood High School, and holds undergraduate degrees in history and political science with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from South Dakota State University. Walder earned her educational specialist in the principalship and doctorate in the superintendency from the University of South Dakota.


Social studies debate shows concerning shift from standards to curriculum

By: - November 29, 2022

Educators and parents alike have provided concerning feedback for the Proposed K-12 Social Studies Content Standards. South Dakota is at the midpoint of a statutorily required public comment process with four input sessions being held throughout the state. I testified to the South Dakota Board of Educational Standards in September, and due to time constraints, […]