Superintendent Ron Evjen sits at the desk he will soon be clearing. A retirement open house will be held this Sunday from 2 to 4 at Hayfield High School. Tara Lindquist
By Tara Lindquist
Growing up, he always dreamed of becoming a major league baseball player. By the second year of college at Winona State, he figured out that probably wasn't going to happen so he chose his second dream, to be a teacher and coach.
Thirty-nine years later he hasn't regretted it.
Hayfield Superintendent Ron Evjen, is on the homestretch of his last days in education. He spent 13 years as a student at Hayfield Community Schools and another 22 years working at the schools. Evjen said there is no real reason he is choosing to retire this year other than, "I just feel that it's time for me to retire." He plans on spending more time with his wife and grandchildren.
Evjen started his career as a physical education and health teacher in Beaver Dam Wisconsin, he also taught at Winona High School for two years, Wanamingo High School for five years, Pine Island High School for two years, Goodhue High School as their principal for three years. In 1989 Evjen served as the Hayfield High School principal. From 2000 to 2003 he worked as the Waseca Junior High Principal. He returned to Hayfield in 2003 and was the principal again until 2004 when he took over as superintendent.
He completed his bachelor degree in 1973, master degree in Physical Education in 1978 and his specialist license in 1986 all at Winona State.
"From 1982 to 1984 I was laid off from teaching and couldn't find a job," Evjen said. "I decided to get my administration license because I had too much experience and a master's degree and I couldn't find a job, but I knew I wanted to work back in education so I figured I'd do it this way."
Evjen has many accomplishments over his tenure but his proudest accomplishment he said was building and maintaining relationships with parents, students and the staff.
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