INMAN USD 448 SUPERINTENDENT SCOTT FRIESEN
A PERSON MAKING MCPHERSON COUNTY EDUCATION TICK!
By William for http://www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
INMAN – With this profile of the People of Education in McPherson County – we focus on Superintendent Scott Friesen of Inman USD 448!
So many folks work hard at making the educating of our future generations work, that we feel it is important to know who they are and get to know a little bit about them, their job, their background and what makes them tick in making their work within their school district tick.
WHO IS SCOTT FRIESEN?
Scott Friesen is originally from Inman where he graduated from Inman High School in the spring of 1985.
Friesen enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting when he says he can find the time.
What many might not know is that one of Friesen’s favorite hobbies is that of cooking.
Another graduate of Inman High School in 1985, Friesen’s wife Peggy has been by his side since they were married 29 years ago in 1990.
Peggy has spent 29 years working in the Microbiology department in the lab at Hutchinson Hospital.
The Friesen’s have three sons and one daughter-in-law, with their oldest son, Jason, being a teacher of Chemistry and Science in the Emporia school district. Jason graduated from Bethel College.
Middle son, Justin and his wife Krystan live in McPherson. Justin graduated from Kansas State University and now works for Hutton Construction while Krystan will graduate in the spring of 2020 from Hesston College with a degree in Nursing.
Friesen’s youngest son, Jordan, is currently a freshman at Kansas State University where he is majoring in Elementary Education.
WHAT DID SCOTT FRIESEN DO BEFORE ARRIVING IN INMAN?
After graduating from Inman High School in 1985, Friesen went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Bethel College before earning his master’s degree and doctorate from Wichita State University.
Friesen has been an educator for 27 years with two of those years being spent in the Nickerson school district where he was a teacher and activities director.
For 25 years Friesen has served the Inman school district, first as a teacher and coach for eight years, then as the principal for Inman Junior/Senior High School for 13 years.
He has been the district superintendent for the past four years.
WHAT DOES YOUR CURRENT POSITION REQUIRE OF YOU?
Like with many smaller school districts, the job as superintendent covers being supervisor over many areas within the district and at Inman it is no different.
When asked what his current position requires of him to do, Friesen noted a list of things that included setting the district budget, overseeing curriculum and instruction, being the final person in human relations/hiring, plus being involved with both transportation and food service.
Friesen acknowledges that it helps that he is fortunate to have high quality people that he gets to work with every day and that are also involved in most of the areas he already listed.
As he notes, his main job is to work directly with the Inman USD 448 Board of Education to provide a well-rounded education to all the students within the district.
WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER THE BEST OR MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR POSITION?
Friesen considers the best or possibly the most important part of his job as Superintendent is the opportunity to interact with a wide range of people while working within the district.
He continually is appreciative of having the chance to work and be around the high-quality staff as they provide learning opportunities for the students of USD 448 in Inman.
Friesen also expresses a very high appreciation for the whole community of Inman and how much they are involved in being very supportive of the school system.
WHAT IS THE OUTLOOK FOR THE CURRENT AND FUTURE OF USD 448 (in his words)?
When questioned about any part of the job that he finds difficult at times, Friesen explained, “While I enjoy my work leading USD 448, I do admit that at times it seems challenging trying to balance my time among the wide variety of responsibilities that go with my position as Superintendent.”
Talking about the outlook both current and future for USD 448, Friesen said, “I have enjoyed being part of the Inman school district for so many years. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work together with our staff and community to provide a quality educational experience to our students and their families.”
As for his future, Friesen is very satisfied and happy where he is at and concluded his responses by saying, “I plan to continue to work with the staff of the Inman school district to provide a quality education for our students. As happy as I am with my working with the Inman school district, my wife and I also thoroughly enjoy being a part of the Inman community.”
There you have it folks, an introduction and insight to another of our many strong, faithful and positive administrative leaders found within the many fine and outstanding school districts of the McPherson County area.
Scott Friesen, Superintendent of Inman USD 448, is another of McPherson County’s finest who personifies an individual finding total enjoyment and wonder at the opportunity to lead a solid school district for the sake and future of each and every student they have the opportunity to teach and reach.
If you get the chance, like with any others, give Scott Friesen a greeting with a smile and be sure to tell him thank you for always being willing to push the Inman USD 448 staff, students and parents to the next levels of education success.
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