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Area educators honored by SD Beadle Club

Two area residents were among the six new members inducted into the South Dakota Beadle Club at its recent annual meeting.

Patrick Mikkonen, of Mount Vernon, and Robert Monson, of Parkston, were among the six members inducted.

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Mikkonen is the Mount Vernon School District superintendent. He earned his bachelor of science in education from Northern State University and went on to a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota and an educational specialist degree from the University of Sioux Falls. He taught social science classes in Avon and was the middle school/high school principal in Garretson before becoming the Mount Vernon superintendent.

Mikkonen was named educator of the year in Avon in 1997-98. He received the Southwest Asia Service Medal and served in Operation Desert Storm with the U.S. Army Reserves 452 Ordnance Company and the Persian Gulf War in 1990-91.

He lives in Mount Vernon with his wife, Carrie, and children: Zach, Lily and Aida.

Monson is the executive director of School Administrators of South Dakota, lobbying for education and working to provide professional development opportunities for school administration in South Dakota.

While he was elementary principal for the Parkston School District, Monson was an active educator and advocate for the children of South Dakota. Monson was president of the South Dakota Elementary Principals Association and a board member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. He was an early adopter of technology and took a leading role in training school leaders across the state.

He lives in Parkston with his wife, Angie, and children: Payton, Dylan and Reagan.

The other four inductees were Jeff Danielson, Hartford; Dr. Kelly Gloadt, Pierre; Dan Leikvold, Lead; and former Commissioner of Public Lands Jarrod R. Johnson.

South Dakota Beadle Club was formed in 1933 as a means to honor individuals who have done outstanding work in the cause of public education in South Dakota and to preserve the permanent schools fund within the office of Schools and Public Lands originally provided by the National Congress.

Beadle Club also provides a scholarship to promote school administrators in South Dakota.

— Source: South Dakota Beadle Club