John W. Iverson

John Iverson

Title: Retired Mathematics Educator
Location: Brookings, South Dakota, United States

John W. Iverson has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in secondary education. 

Inspired by his older siblings, Mr. Iverson decided to pursue a career in education. Likewise, he was positively influenced by the many teachers that he had encountered in his formative years, as they were inspirational, motivational individuals to emulate. He enrolled at South Dakota State University after graduating from high school, fulfilling the desires of his education-oriented parents. In 1973, Mr. Iverson earned a Bachelor of Science in general chemistry, which provided him with a foundation on which to build a career. 

From 1973 until 1975, Mr. Iverson began his career with education as a seventh and eighth-grade science teacher at Brookings Public Schools. He subsequently excelled as a sixth, ninth, and tenth-grade science teacher in the aforementioned school district before accepting a position as an eighth-grade mathematics and algebra teacher in 1995. He excelled in this role until his retirement in 2006. During these years, Mr. Iverson additionally served his students as a middle school basketball coach as well as a high school track and field coach. 

In 2012, Mr. Iverson was ordained as a transitional deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has loved his time working with the ministry, as it has provided his post-retirement life with a gratifying purpose. Reflecting on his success as an educator, he credits his dedication to his work. In 1979, he was recognized among the Outstanding Men of America, which was a terrific achievement. In 2019, he was honored with the Ralph Ginn Award, which is presented to coaches with distinguished careers who graduated from South Dakota State University. As a further testament to his success, Mr. Iverson is listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education. 

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