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Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Mike Funk

Dr. Mike Funk received a B.S. in Government from St. John's University in 1988 and a M.A. in Education from the University of St. Thomas in 1994. He earned his Doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration in 2004 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and his M.S. in Strategic Studies at the United States Army War College in July 2011.

Dr. Funk taught social studies at Dover- Eyota, served as principal at Pepin High School in Wisconsin, and was Superintendent of BOLD Schools in Olivia, Minnesota before joining Albert Lea Area Schools.

Dr. Funk is a member of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Administrators, National Guard Association of the United States, Daybreaker's Kiwanis, the Albert Lea Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, the Albert Lea Austin Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees, and served on the United Way of Freeborn County for six years. In 2018 he retired from the Minnesota National Guard after 30 years at the rank of Colonel. During his service he deployed twice overseas: In 2003-04 to Bosnia and in 2007-08 to Kosovo. In 2022 Dr. Funk was named Minnesota Superintendent of the Year.