Meet Mr. Fogal, Director of Student Experience

July 16, 2018


"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

We are so pleased to announce that John Fogal has joined HIS in a new role - Director of Student Experience.

Mr. Fogal will oversee our social/emotional curriculum and other non-academic aspects of our students' daily school life. He will serve as a counselor to our students, setting behavior expectations, social/emotional supports, and handling discipline issues, all aligned to our Responsive Classroom approach with a focus on Positive Behavior Support. He will work closely with teachers and students on a daily basis, and in close collaboration with Mr. Ahlborn and Mr. Heffron.

Mr. Fogal has been teaching young people for most of his adult life: as a sports coach, pastor, youth director, and volunteer and director of local non-profits. Most recently, John has been our After School Club Director. John’s calm and consistent demeanor, and his ability to listen well and help students navigate through the various issues that they face in their school lives, makes him a wonderful fit for HIS and the dynamic growth ahead of us.

With 17 years of experience in education, he is excited for this new role. Mr. Fogal graduated with dual bachelor degrees in Ministry Leadership/Counseling and Business Administration at Crown College in St. Bonafacius, Minnesota.

He is really looking forward to helping students, working with teachers, cheering at games, watching performances, and living the dream every day! We asked him to describe his favorite memory as an educator, and prepare yourself for this one, we couldn't stop laughing.

"I stopped to chat with a student in the hallway and the student asked if it will be a long conversation, " he said. "When I asked him why he needed to know, he replied in this slow, nasally voice 'because long conversations give me gas!.'

Be sure to ask Mr. Fogal about this story when you see him, because his impersonation is the best.

Mr. Fogal says the reason he enjoys working in education is simple. "Kids are cool because they have a whole life in front of them," he said.

"I just want to do my part to help prepare them to live, to lead, and to make a difference in the world that will someday be their responsibility."

That is exactly what he brings into his educational philosophy, following the wise words of John Wooden, "young people need models, not critics".

Mr. Fogal is always busy outside of school as well. Quite simply "baseball is life!" When asked if he has any pets, he says "No, just two sons (which is "WAY better!")

Mr. Fogal has been to 49 of the 50 states. So guess which state is on his bucket list? Alaska!

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