St. Alphonsus Catholic School has a new principal to greet its students this year. Derek Simonson joins the St. Alphonsus Catholic School family for his first year as a principal.
Posted on 8/6/16
By Melissa Anderson
“This will be my first year as a principal, but my favorite aspect of teaching and being in education is making a positive impact on students of all ages,” Simonson said, “I enjoy seeing positive change in students ,and I do my very best to impact their lives in a positive way.”
Simonson grew up in Barnesville, Minn. and graduated high school from Rothsay Public School in Rothsay, Minn. From there he attended Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, receiving his BA degree in Physical Education and Health with minors in Biblical Studies and Athletic Coaching.
A few years later, Simonson finished a Masters Degree in Religion with a focus on Intercultural Studies from Liberty University. After that, he finished a second Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.
“I am currently licensed to teach K-12 physical education and health as well as licensed for all levels K-12 as a principal,” Simonson said.
Previously Simonson had coached varsity basketball but will not be doing any coaching this school year. Instead, Simonson will be a certified basketball official and will offer his services officiating basketball games this winter in the area.
Simonson and his family moved to Langdon at the beginning of June and are enjoying the community. Simonson and his wife have one child, a three year old daughter that will be attending the preschool at St. Alphonsus.
“Everyone in the community has been very welcoming, and we have enjoyed connecting with new friends at church and at the various events going on in Langdon,” Simonson said.
Simonson is excited to be part of the St. Alphonsus School family and in the short time that he has been at St. Alphonsus, knows just how much the teachers and staff care about the school, students, and the community.
“The teachers and staff have created a great atmosphere in the school that makes you feel like you are part of a big family,” Simonson said.
As a new principal, Simonson hopes to bring consistency, organization, and a new perspective to the school.
“There is no question that the school has been doing many great things, but I hope some of my experiences from teaching in other schools, as well as teaching overseas, can be a valuable asset to St. Alphonsus throughout this year and moving forward,” Simonson stated.
If you would like to talk to Mr. Simonson, call him at 256-2354.