Meet Mr. Fossum


My name is Derik Fossum and I teach 6th Grade Math and ELA. I also coach junior high football and high school track and field. I am from Canton, SD (CHS Class of 2007) where I spent my time outside of school playing football and basketball, jumping and sprinting for the track team, and making musing in band and chorus.

I graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Art's in Business Administration, Leadership and Public Service, and Religion-Philosophy. During my time at DWU I played wide receiver for the football team and was a jumper for the Tigers in track and field. In 2013, I graduated from DWU with a Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Administration. Most recently, I was the Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach at DWU.

My wife, Jessica, and I live near Hartford, SD. We spend our time camping, reading, and playing with our cats (Mia and Wesley) and dogs (Bolt and Rozlynn).

I am very excited for my first year at Tri-Valley!