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Betty Marie Musilek, American elementary school educator. Certified teacher, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Alaska. Named American Legion Teacher of Year, 1996; Korean fellow The Korea Society, 1997, Kid Voting United States of America Teacher of Year, 2003; Japan fellow Keizai Koho Center, 1988, Earth Watch fellow, Ghana Africa, 2000, Fulbright fellow to South Africa, 2002, Goethe Institute fellow to Germany, 2003.


Musilek, Betty Marie was born on April 6, 1943 in Geddes, South Dakota, United States. Daughter of George and Lillian Christine (Vavra) Varilek.


Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, University South Dakota, 1971. Master of Science in Elementary Education, Black Hills State University, 1977. Principal certified, South Dakota State University, 1979.

Graduate, International Tour Management Institute, 2005.


Teacher grades K-3, 5-7 rural schools, Winner, South Dakota, 1963-1964. Teacher grades 2-3 Oacoma (South Dakota) School, 1964-1969. Teacher grade 3 Sturgis (South Dakota) Elementary Schools, 1971—2004.

Missionary Emmanuel House, Zagreb, Croatia, since 2004. Tour guide, director, 2005—2006. Principal, owner Betty's AdventureTravels, Pittsburgh, since 2006.

Writer South Dakota Civic Standards, 1994-1997. Group counselor International Study Program to Europe, 1996. University instructor comparative study program Black Hills University, European History and Culture, 1996.

Coordinator Young Astronauts, Global Education, Kid Voting-United States of America, Earth Day projects, Veterans Day Programs, Sturgis, since 1987, group leader for educational studies to Japan, 1999, 2000, Australia, 2001, advisor Japanese Club, since 1998, International Club, since 2000. Earthwatch volunteer, Ghana, Africa, 2000.


  • Certified teacher, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Alaska.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (coloring book) Harley and Charley, 1993-1995, others. Author numerous poems.


Secretary, board directors Meade 2000—School Improvement Council, Sturgis, 1992-1996, Fort Meade Museum, 1992-1996, South Dakota Public television Council, Pierre, 1986-1995. Board directors American Cancer Society, Sturgis, 1987-1999. Member National Social Studies Council, South Dakota Social Studies Council (board directors, West Rivers representative, secretary South Dakota social studies council board directors, South Dakota Social Studies Teacher of Year 1991), Sturgis Arts Council, Delta Kappa Gamma, Beta Sigma Phi.


  • Other Interests

    Travel, reading, gardening, collecting dolls, music.


Married Wayne R. Musilek, August 12, 1963 (deceased 2003). Children: Tony Robert, Monique Christine.

George Varilek

Lillian Christine (Vavra) Varilek

Wayne R. Musilek

Tony Robert Musilek

Monique Christine Musilek