Patti Lager - Language Arts

Hi! I’m Patti Lager. I started teaching 7-8-9 Language Arts in the Emery School District in 1997. As the years have gone by, my job description has changed a few times. I currently teach 9 – 12 Language Arts in the Bridgewater-Emery School District. My classes include Literature, Grammar and  Composition I; Speech; Literature, Grammar and Composition II; American Literature/Junior Composition; and Novels/Creative Writing. In addition, I serve as Senior Experience Coordinator and just assumed the duties of co-director of the school play with Sue Rayman. I truly enjoy working with the students and staff at BEHS! They are the best! 


I graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1985 and South Dakota State University in 1989 with a Political Science/History degree with an emphasis in education. A few years later, I added English to my degree as well.


I live with my husband, Wade who is employed by CorTrust Bank in Freeman. We have two children: Tyson who resides in South Bend, Indiana and is working on his Ph.D. in the Notre Dame Biology Department and Carli who resides in Brookings and is a senior at South Dakota State University pursuing a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

Some of my favorites include the following:

  • Spending time with family

  • Walking

  • Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Song: “Your Love” by the Outfield

  • Vacation: Anywhere warm on a beach

  • Team: SDSU Jacks

  • Food: Chicken Fajitas

  • Quote: "…the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?" – Dead Poet’s Society