Longtime Wayzata Teacher Sue Iverson Retires
With the school year coming to a close, it’s time for the students in Wayzata High School’s student council to elect next year’s executive board. For the seniors in this group, it’s the end of a chapter. Yet the one person who’s been an ever-present part of that chapter is student council adviser Sue Iverson.
“She’s just such a positive person and inspiring others just constantly,” said Reid Funderburk, a Wayzata senior. “And she makes so many sacrifices for student council that it makes us just really enjoy student council so much better.”
“She’s been an inspiration for me throughout all of high school for her work ethic and her ability to get things done,” said Duffy Davidson, a Wayzata senior.
Iverson has worked at Wayzata High School since 1986 as a math teacher, dance coach, and gifted & talented coordinator, among other things.
“I love the student contact, and I mean Wayzata High School, Wayzata Public Schools have been dear to my heart since the day I was born,” Iverson said.
Both of Iverson’s parents worked in the district, so it was almost natural that she would follow in their footsteps.
“The school board meeting where my hiring was approved, they approved my mom’s retirement,” Iverson recalled. “So my parents were done and I started.”
Now, after a career that spanned four decades, Iverson has decided to step down.
“My youngest child is graduating, and so I just think it’s time. Thirty-three years,” Iverson said.
Positive Role Model
In those 33 years, school officials say Iverson has made quite the impact.
“We all know that our youth need mentors and positive role models to emulate and to work with, and there’s none better than Sue Iverson,” said Chace Anderson, superintendent of the Wayzata School District.
Many students would echo that sentiment, and before the seniors head off to the next stage of their lives, they wanted to express their appreciation.
“Just being there for us when we need her. Just thank you so much for everything,” Funderburk said.
“I thank you for being such a big role model in my life throughout these four years,” Davidson added.
As for what’s next, Iverson says she plans to move to a cabin in northern Minnesota and take a year off to travel with her husband.