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Mr. Flemmer Joins NW Staff as Dean of Students and Activities Director
Mr. Flemmer Joins NW Staff as Dean of Students and Activities Director
Northwestern Journalism
Monday, September 28, 2020

Welcome, Mr. Brett Flemmer, Dean of Students and Activities Director!

  • Where are you from and where did you grow up? Born in Sioux Falls, received my K-12 education in Marshall, Minnesota.  I am still working on the “growing up” part.
  • Describe your high school experience:  Everything looks different in the review mirror.  Looking back at my high school years, I have nothing but fond memories.  I recall thinking that life was busy and stressful – little did I know!
  • From where did you graduate college and with what degree(s)?  In 2009, I graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University and majored in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Middle School English and Language Arts.  In 2015, I earned my master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine.  This year I began the specialist program in Pre-K – 12 Principal Leadership from the University of South Dakota.
  • What do you teach/coach/lead at Northwestern? I am the Dean of Students and Activities Director.  I will be assisting Coach Mielitz with the girls’ basketball program as well.
  • How long have you been here?  This is my first year at Northwestern, and I am loving every second of it!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR WARM WELCOME!
  • When did you realize you wanted to become a teacher?  It wasn’t until after my third year at South Dakota State University, in the Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences program, after completing two internships with the Game, Fish, and Parks, that I realized I wanted to teach and coach.  I enjoyed working outdoors, but I liked working with kids even more!
  • What is rewarding about your job? I am passionate about helping others.  What I enjoy most about my job at Northwestern, seemingly everything I do, all day long, involves doing my best to help others.
  • If you could have any other job what would it be?  I enjoy personal finance and personal fitness.  I don’t think I would enjoy finance as an occupation, but physical therapy would be an intriguing occupation (see, I would still get to help people!).
  • Who is your biggest role model? My little brother, Keith!  He’s a phenomenal teacher and coach.  He’s humble, kind, and always helps me keep things in perspective.
  • What are your hobbies? Spending time with my wife, Carli, and my baby boy, Rudy!  I also enjoy fishing, hunting, and competing!
  • Where do you see yourself in ten years?  Even happier and healthier than I am now!
  • If you could live anywhere else, where?  I’ve always thought I could live off the grid, maybe in Aska somewhere.
  • What type of music do you listen to?  All of it!  I enjoy all genres.
  • What food is like a guilty pleasure to you?  Easy answer: PIZZA
  • Last book you read? Fiction: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus  Non-Fiction: Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • Who would play the lead in a movie about your life? Jonah Hill
  • What super power do you wish you had? Freeze Time
  • Biggest pet peeve? Disrespect
  • What advice do you have for the students of Northwestern?  Slow these moments down and enjoy every second.  Build relationships with your teachers – they care about you so much!  Take chances, make mistakes, and learn from them!  Smile behind your mask, it will have a positive impact on you and everyone around you.