The School District of Amery has recently announced the hiring of Jeff Fern as the new Athletic Director/Dean of Students at Amery High School. His first day of duty was July 1.
Fern grew up in Hammond, attending St. Croix Central High School. He obtained his Undergraduate Degree in Physical Education at Minnesota State, Mankato. He received his Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Stout and his Principal’s Certification from the University of Wisconsin, Superior.
For the past five years he has worked as a school counselor at St. Croix Central.
When speaking about what interested him about working in Amery, Fern said, “The School District of Amery is a high achieving district and they provide students with many opportunities both in and out of the classroom. I want to continue to grow and enhance those opportunities for our kids.”
Fern said is looking forward to the challenge of his new position. “This job will be fast paced, and each day will bring about unique challenges. In addition, I’m excited to meet the staff, students, and the community of Amery. My job is centered around relationships and I can’t wait to begin meeting the great people of Amery,” he said.
He feels time management will be essential as he tries to balance the role of Dean of Students and Athletic Director. He has had a lot of experience on the athletics side of the role. Fern said, “I grew up in a household where my father was a head basketball and baseball coach. I have a lot of respect for coaches in terms of the time, dedication and passion they have. I have gravitated more to the officiating side of athletics. I currently officiate college men’s basketball in four different conferences along with my high school basketball schedule. The winter season will be busy for me!”
He shared that he has some goals for the upcoming year. “Starting out, my goal is really to begin to understand and respect the systems and programs that have been put in place before me. I think it is critical to be a good listener whenever beginning in a new role,” he said.
Outside of work, he enjoys time at the lake, hunting, officiating, and lawn care. Fern said, “Since I don’t have a family of my own yet, I refer to the student body as my kids. There are almost 500 of them. They keep life interesting to say the least.”