Hopkins selects Jared Ellerson as its next activities director

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 Hopkins Public Schools is pleased to announce that Jared Ellerson will be the next activities director. Ellerson has 12 years of leadership experience and is the current activities director for Richfield Public Schools, a position he has held for four years. Prior to Richfield, he worked as the activities director for St. Cloud Public Schools.

“Ellerson’s natural ability to captivate our scholars during the interview process was amazing to watch,” said Crystal Ballard, Principal of Hopkins High School. “Ellerson has an interest in creating opportunities for scholars to engage in athletics and activities that will strengthen our career pathways. His innovative ideas pair well with Vision 2031.”

Ellerson is a lifelong athlete and has been involved with athletics and activities since the age of five. In high school, he was a three sport athlete who participated in football, basketball and track. He was inducted into his high school's Hall of Fame. He continued to play collegiate football at the highest level as a Division I student athlete. These experiences shaped him into the person he is today.

"Athletics were the driving force for me to stay engaged in my academic responsibilities," Ellerson said in his cover letter to Hopkins. I also learned many of the life lessons and skills that my parents were often preaching such as accountability, leadership, time management, and interpersonal communication skills.

Ellerson is known for his collaborative nature combined with strategic decision making. He spent nearly 10 years in an administrative role working as a dean for Osseo Area Schools. During these years, he found his purpose in inspiring young minds and helping them realize their full potential through sports and activities. He focuses on building a foundation of trust with students and believes once trust is built, students are best positioned to learn.
 
"Words cannot express how excited I am to be joining the Hopkins Public Schools community as the new director of athletics and activities,” said Ellerson. “Hopkins is my number one choice of school districts to work in. The rigorous and holistic academic curriculum, racial/socioeconomic diversity, high caliber athletics and activity programming and facilities that Hopkins Public Schools offers is amazing.”

Ellerson has a master’s degree in athletic administration and coaching from Concordia University and a bachelor’s degree in communications and youth studies from the University of Minnesota.

He is married with two sons and a daughter. In his free time he enjoys golfing, listening to music and books, and watching his children explore the world of activities and athletics. He will begin his work with Hopkins July 1, 2022.