Having grown up on a farm near Benson, Mark Buyck knows what it means to be part of a small town.
In fact when it came to where he would start his career as an educator, he preferred being able to be in a small town, and Redwood Falls certainly fit the bill.
“I have lived on a farm my whole life,” said Buyck, who is teaching fourth grade at Reede Gray Elementary School, adding he selected the area because he liked the “feel” of the school and the community.
Buyck, a Benson High School graduate earned a degree in elementary education, but that was not always the plan.
“I started out in chemistry (education),” he said.
Determining early on that was not for him, Buyck continued his college experience and earned his degree at Augustana College in Sioux Falls.
“I always wanted to be in the classroom,” he said. “There is no other profession where you can make a difference like teaching.”
Buyck said he determined to earn a degree in elementary education, because he discovered he enjoyed working with younger students more than any other group.
Buyck added he opted for the older elementary students, because they have reached a higher level of maturity and responsibility, but, he said, an opportunity still exists where he can help them enjoy school.
“They are still able to be swayed at this age,” he said, adding the role of the teacher is to help mold students as they continue to grow and learn. “I think I get along well with them and am able to make connections.”
Buyck said he could have chosen to go into farming, but he said he chose education, because he determined he did not just want to go to a job. He wanted a career where he would look forward to going every day, and he said so far that is certainly the case.
In addition to teaching fourth graders, Buyck is involved with the school district’s football program as a junior high coach.
He said he is enjoying that experience, adding what makes that different is the students have chosen to be there. That means he can push them a little harder to grow and learn.
The son of Boyd and Patti Buyck said part of the reason he selected the local district is because he is close to home, and he has a sister who is currently teaching in Wabasso.
Buyck said his experience in the community has been a positive one, as he has felt welcomed by the people in the school and from the community as a whole.
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