Craig Kono

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Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

School of Education
School of Education
Teacher Education
Elementary Education
Secondary Education
Leadership and Administration (MSEd Online)
Educational Studies (MSEd)

Ed.D., University of South Dakota

M.Ed., Northern State University

B.S.Ed., University of South Dakota

B.S.Ed., Northern State University

Dr. Craig Kono began his career in education in 1979 teaching secondary social science in Colton, S.D. From 1981-1987, he was a classroom secondary social science teacher in Conde, S.D.; coached girls’ and boys’ basketball and track; and directed the all-school play.

In 1988, he began a school administration career as secondary principal in Bowdle, S.D., and in 1993 moved back to Conde to serve as superintendent and secondary principal. Dr. Kono also taught summer driver’s education courses at Groton, Brookings, Castlewood, Bowdle, and Conde, S.D. In 2001, Dr. Kono completed his doctoral degree in educational administration at the University of South Dakota and was named assistant professor of education at Northern State University in July 2001.

Dr. Kono earned a doctorate from the University of South Dakota in 2001; a master's degree from NSU in 1988; and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of South Dakota in 1998 and NSU in 1979.

Professional Work Experience

Associate Professor of Education, NSU (2001-Present)

Superintendent/Principal, Conde School District, S.D. (1993-2001)

Secondary Principal, Bowdle School District, S.D. (1988-1993)

Secondary Teacher – Social Science and Language Arts, Conde School District, S.D. (1981-1987)

Secondary Teacher – Social Science, Tri-Valley School District (1979-1981) Colton, S.D.