Alzada

Carter County
58 miles southeast of Broadus
Three students, two grades
Susan Clark, teacher

Alzada is tucked in the southeastern part of Montana, less than a dozen miles from South Dakota.

“I have Dallie and Kagan Lawrence, whose mom approached me about being the teacher here,” says Susan Clark. She said she had to check on her credentials. She said she wasn’t sure because though she had been a teacher for 28 years, she taught band and choir for her first 26 years. So, she is taking classes online through MSU-Billings to get her Elementary Education Endorsement. “I have three years to do that and I think it will be close to 30 credits. I went to school on campus this past summer and took five credits. So I’m almost done. And believe it or not, I get to student teach this next semester. I’m not sure how that is going to work but the superintendent at Ekalaka will come down and observe me three or four times, and I believe that is how we do it. So, hopefully, at the end of these three years I will get my endorsement and continue on here.”