Meet Our Newest Leaders: Part 2 Of 8

Several new faces joined the Fargo Public Schools this summer in leadership positions. In the second of a series, meet Todd Olson, the new District Activities Director.

Why did you initially want to get into the field of education?
I’m from a family of educators so I guess you could say I was born into it.  My dad has been a long serving school administrator and my mom was an elementary teacher for more than 30 years.  I grew up in an environment where education was valued and being an educator was viewed as a tremendously important profession so I never really considered doing anything else.

What did you do before accepting your most current position?
For the past seven years, I was the Athletic Director for the Grand Forks Public Schools.  Prior to accepting that position, I taught mathematics and coached basketball at Grand Forks Central for 14 years.

Tell us about your family.
I have been married to my wife, Beth, for 21 years.  She is a fourth grade teacher at Kennedy Elementary.  We have two children, David and Katelyn.  David, 18, is a senior at Davies and Katelyn, 16, is a junior at Davies.

What do you like to do outside of work?
Most of our time outside of work in recent years has been spent traveling around the area following our children’s sports activities.  I have been a runner for many years and am proud to have “survived” the 2011 Fargo Marathon.  I look forward to getting my golf game back in shape as the demands of the summer travel team circuit decrease.

What about FPS makes you most proud?
I was drawn to the Fargo Public Schools by the high quality professionals who work in the district.  Having spent the first 21 years of my career in education just up the road in Grand Forks, I have known many of the teachers, coaches, advisors and administrators for many years and have admired their professionalism and dedication.  I am also proud to be a part of a team that is working together to provide a wide variety of high quality activities which serve to enhance the learning of our students.