By Shannon Johnson
The Baker Public School System welcomes new Superintendent, Mr. Aaron Skogen, for the 2019-2020 school year.
Skogen grew up in Ronan. He participated in athletics during his high school career including football, basketball, and track for a brief period of time before graduating from Ronan High School.
After high school, Skogen continued to further his education. He played college basketball at Miles Community College for two years before transferring to Great Falls where he played basketball for two more years while obtaining his bachelor’s degree. While he was attending school in Great Falls, Skogen met his wife, Marissa. “She was on the girl’s team and I was on the boy’s team,” he smiled. “We got married in college.”
Skogen was excited to begin a career doing something he genuinely enjoyed. “I had a lot of strong teachers who had been a part of my education from the beginning,” he said. “I’ve always had a passion for education.”
After graduation, newlyweds Aaron and Marissa went to Highwood where he took a job teaching mathematics, which is a subject he has always enjoyed, and coaching. While working in Highwood, Skogen decided to pursue his master’s degree. “I had a lot of mentors who were encouraging me to go back and get my master’s and I wasn’t sure yet, but the timing was right since we didn’t have kids yet,” he explained. “I really enjoyed it.”
After five years of teaching in Highwood and receiving his master’s degree from Montana State University, it was time for the next chapter. Skogen took his first Superintendent position in Geraldine. “It was different than being in the classroom because now I get to work with more staff,” he mentioned. After two years in Geraldine, Skogen and his family relocated to Colstrip where they lived for two years while he worked as an elementary school principal.
Skogen and his wife now have three boys: a five-year-old, a three-year-old and a three-month-old. With their oldest getting ready to start school in the fall, the Skogens felt that it was very important to take the school system and the community into consideration when determining their next step. “We’ve heard nothing but great things about this school as well as the community, so for us we were excited about it,” he noted.
The Skogens are currently working on getting settled in, between getting here the end of June and starting straight to work, things have been a bit busy. “We’re trying to catch up on sleep with the little ones,” Skogen acknowledged. “They are enjoying it. We’ve taken them to the lake several times and the splash pad. We’re excited to be here!