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R. Jon Frey (SD '02)


Vermillion High School
Vermillion, SD

At the time of the Award, R. Jon Frey was:

Aberdeen Central High School
Aberdeen, SD

Subject(s) taught: Debate, Social Studies
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

In 1998, as a classroom teacher, Jon Frey applied his passion and commitment to a struggling debate program with fewer than ten members at Central High School in Aberdeen. Over the next decade, the program's numbers soared to over 100 participants annually and consistently ranks as one of the fastest growing debate programs in the country. He qualified students to the National Speech & Debate Tournament each year of his coaching career. For his excellence in coaching, the National Forensic League honored Mr. Frey with the distinction of Double Diamond Key Coach. As a history and American Government teacher, Mr. Frey's students would gain the benefit of his love of American history through simulations and discovery-centered activities on a wide array of topics such as the American Presidency, the Gilded Age and the space race. He frequently integrated technology into his curriculum and served as the Aberdeen School District's first webmaster. In 2008, Mr. Frey accepted a position as Assistant Principal at Columbus High School in Columbus, Nebraska. At Columbus, he supervises the World Language, Fine Arts, English and Physical Education departments as well as the sophomore and junior classes.

Personal Message

It is my distinct honor to have served as SD's first state liaison and now as the state liaison for Nebraska. Please contact me if you have anything you would like me to pass along to the foundation in the way of exciting news or educational initiatives or projects in which you are taking a part!

Additional Information


2005 South Dakota Forensic Coaches Association Coach of the Year

2004 National Forensic League Double Diamond Key Coach

1999 National Forensic League Diamond Key Coach


2003 Northern State University, M.S. in Educational Leadership & Administration

1994 University of South Dakota, B.S. in Education