The Minnesota Association of School Administrators has named Michael Funk, Superintendent of the Albert Lea School District, as the “2022 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year.”
Under Funk’s leadership, the Albert Lea Area Schools’ district wide grauation rates increased from 68% to 81% from 2012 to 2021. The District also saw increases in graduation rates between 26% to 44% among Hispanic students, English language learners, special education students and students on free and reduced meal programs.
Funk, a native of Rochester, has served as Superintendent of the Albert Lea School District since 2009. Funk earned a doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. He holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas. Funk also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from St. John’s University.
Funk is now a candidate for “National Superintendent of the Year.”