MMC Education Grad Cheyenne Lambley Receives Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union ‘Adopt a Classroom’ Grant

August 4, 2017

This June, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union (SFFCU) selected Mount Marty College (MMC) graduate Cheyenne Lambley ’15 to receive an Adopt A Classroom grant, part of their program aimed at providing teachers with $500 grants to help offset classroom expenses. Lambley, a first-grade teacher at Tri-Valley Elementary School in Colton, South Dakota, is one of seven area teachers to receive the SFFCU grant this year.

Joey Rotert, Marketing and Business Development Manager presents Mount Marty College alumna and first-grade teacher at Tri-Valley Elementary School in Colton, South Dakota, Cheyenne Lambley, one of six Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union 2017 Adopt a Classroom Grants.

Above, Joey Rotert, Marketing and Business Development Manager presents Mount Marty College alumna and first-grade teacher at Tri-Valley Elementary School in Colton, South Dakota, Cheyenne Lambley, one of six Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union 2017 Adopt a Classroom Grants. 

Lambley was nominated for the SFFCU grant by a classroom parent, who contacted her earlier this spring to share why she thought Lambley was a deserving candidate.

“I felt great honor in being nominated and recognized as an educator,” says Lambley, who plans to put the grant money toward purchasing more flexible seating options for her classroom. Lambley started using flexible seating last year to allow students to choose a spot every day where they feel they learn the best. 

“This helps create a more active and engaging teaching and learning environment,” she says. “The classroom currently uses ball chairs, stools, lap trays and standing desks. With the grant money, I am looking to purchase scoop rockers, carpet squares and crate seats. The money will also help to offset costs such as school supplies, extra snacks and more books for our classroom library.”

Lambley’s dedication to her classroom and innovative teaching style were greatly influenced by her time at MMC, where she majored in elementary education and played for the Lancer Women’s Basketball team. 

“My experience at Mount Marty College prepared me for the contemporary world of work in the best way possible,” she says. “As a student-athlete, I was guided by examples from my coaches and professors daily. They implemented discipline, effort, heart and dedication in everything we did at MMC. The education professors taught me to always believe in each child, and if you love what you do, you will not work a day in your life.” 

For Lambley, the last piece of advice rings especially true.

“Each day I love coming to school and greeting my students as they walk in the door with a high-five,” she says. “To see them smile and excited to learn each day makes all of my extra time and dedication worth it. Teaching is where a passion and career have met for me, and I am thankful for the opportunity each day.”

MMC offers undergraduate degrees in elementary, physical, secondary and special education. To learn more, visit mtmc.edu/academics/majors-and-programs

To learn more about SFFCU’s Adopt A Classroom program, visit facebook.com/SiouxFallsFederalCreditUnion.