The Langdon Area School District (LASD) had a new Superintendent in Daren Christianson.
Posted on 7/23/16
By Melissa Anderson
Christianson was officially hired in late June.
Christianson grew up on a farm in the Vang area where his parents, Loren and Barb Christianson, still live and farm. He graduated from Walhalla Public School. After high school he entered the military service as a military policeman for a three-year hitch serving in Alabama, Virginia and Korea.
“After completing my commitment to the Army, I enrolled at Mayville State University and completed a double major in Elementary Education and Physical Education,” Christianson said.
While attending Mayville, Christianson met and married his wife, Sarah, and they have been together for over 20 years.Christianson’s first teaching experience was on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, first as a self-contained eighth grade teacher then middle school science, math and health. While working at the Ojibwa Indian School he started his pursuit of his Masters Degree in Education l Leadership through NDSU.
“My second job experience was in the Rock Lake School District-first as high school principal and PE teacher then as a superintendent/high school principal combo for the last four years,” Christianson stated.
It was during their time at Rock Lake that Christianson and his wife added two new members to their family, sons Arik and Mason. From Rock Lake the Christiansons moved to Rogers where Christianson took on the challenge of PreK-12 principal for eight years.
For the last three years Christianson has been serving the Pingree-Buchanan Public School District as the superintendent and high school principal.
Christianson is most looking forward to the opportunity to focus his attentions on the duties of the superintendent, getting to know all of those associated with the school and having the opportunity as a family to develop a true sense of community in Langdon.
“I plan to bring consistency to the school district with a concentrated effort to help the district and all of those associated with it reach their potential,” Christianson said,”I feel it is our responsibility as educators to continue to improve and work at developing a world class education for our students. I believe that I bring the perspective of being both an administrator and parent to my position.”
In his professional life, Christianson explained that he utilizes two mantras to drive his decision making process: What is the right thing to do? What is in the best interest of our students?
“As the tough decisions come across my desk I fall back on these questions and use them to filter my decisions and recommendations,” Christianson said.
Christianson and his family plan on being involved in community activities and events as they come about.
“Both of my boys are involved in school activities so we will be attending those,” Christianson said, “I am willing to serve on a variety of local boards and committees as they come up and as my schedule will allow.”
Currently, Christianson and his family are in the process of purchasing and remodeling a home in Langdon and have met a lot of friendly people.
“We look forward to getting to know the rest of the people in the community and serving the community as we move forward,” Christianson said.