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Kirk Alan Skoglund

2010 L.J. Hart & Company Scholarship

Kirk Skoglund is a graduate of the South Nodaway High School, Barnard, Missouri.  He is currently attending Northwest Missouri State University – Maryville, Missouri, working on a major in Math Education with a minor in Psychology.

Kirk shares that teaching in a rural district is education at its best, and the essence of teaching is embodied in the rural areas.  Rural educators establish personal connections with almost all their students and consequently, have a higher stake in their student’s education.  I want to have a personal connection with each one of my students learning about who they are and helping them develop into who they want to be.

During his time in high school at South Nodaway, Kirk was an integral part of Future Business Leaders of America serving in officer status his last two years.  During his senior year Kirk was recognized at FBLA’s State Leadership Conference for his outstanding work in three different areas.

One of his former teachers shares that because both of his parents work in rural public schools, he is going into the world of education with his eyes wide open to the positives and negatives.  He is committed to teaching students in a rural area to appreciate math the way he does.

One of his college instructors shares that Kirk is the President of the Mathematical Association of America student chapter.  Through his leadership, the organization, after dwindling for a couple years, is now thriving and healthy based in large part to Kirk’s leadership and organization skills.

Congratulations to Kirk Skoglund, the 2010 L.J. Hart & Company Scholarship recipient.