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Region VI Director

Ron Hustvedt, Jr.

Social Studies Teacher


Ron Hustvedt, Jr.

Ron Hustvedt, a Magnet Schools of America Teacher of the Year, 2014, is not only a magnet school teacher, he was a magnet school student, and both of his elementary aged children attend a magnet school. His unique, life-long perspective on the impact of magnet schools on children and their communities runs deep.

A middle school social studies teacher with Salk Middle School, STEM Magnet Program in Elk River, Minnesota, Ron has helped design a Social Studies curriculum that empowers students to understand the interconnectedness of Social Studies and STEM. In their social studies courses at Salk, students analyze a multitude of sources, learn through inquiry, engage with the world and take informed action.

Ron brings extensive leadership experience to his role as Region VI director. He is both an active board member with the Minnesota Council on History Education and Minnesota Council for the Social Studies. He helped write the current Minnesota Social Studies Standards and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Education at several public and private universities in Minnesota, currently at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. He is a presenter, keynoter, published author and has even served as a guest host on the NBC Sports Network and Sportsman Channel.

He also has the distinction of being named the National Middle Grades Teacher of the Year for the National Council for the Social Studies in 2016 and was a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2013, Ron received his Bachelor of Applied Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a Master of Education at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.


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