Faces in the Crowd: Marcus Isakson
Marcus Isakson wears many hats in his line of work for the Pennington County Sheriff's Office.
HILL CITY, S.D. — Employed for the Pennington Country Sheriff’s Office, he is a deputy sheriff assigned to the Hill City School District as school resource officer.
He’s able to connect with students in a three-pronged approach in the schools: the first one as law enforcement – keeping the school safe – but also is able to build relationships.
Isaskson says “But also we’re a counselor, here to talk to kids, prevent stuff. Whether it’s mental health or whether it’s something else going on their life. We’re going to prevent it before it happens, and then there’s also this teacher aspect where we’re getting in the classroom that I can teach about constitutional law or I can talk about we have a new forensic science class in high school. Well, I can come. I’ve lifted foot fingerprints before I’ve done a crime scene so I can give them an insight and I can be a teacher too, so that’s a three prong approach that SRO has.”
Isakson also coaches middle school football to better connect with the students. He has an extensive background with helping juveniles, Isakson says the lessons learned on the football field also translate to everyday life lessons.
“Team sports, oh man, that’s a great bridge to you, know relationships. You learn, you learn how to work together. You learn how to take direction from a coach. You learn how to win graciously or how to lose and how to get over it. There’s so many lessons to be learned in team sports. “
He says many coaches made a positive impact in his life growing up.
Isakson says, “Coaches made a huge difference in my life. You know, as a father I can tell my kids you know something, but it was reinforced from a coach who they they just they look up to you. You look up to your coaches because you want to play. You want to do well. Well, that relationship between a coach and a student athlete. That’s a special relationship. I feel honored to be a middle school coach and have that relationship with them when they and when they invite that relationship. And then I can have it in the school environment too, it works so well.”
Serving as a role model for the youth in Hill City and beyond – he finds fulfillment implementing change in a students life for the better.
“So if I can get in their lives. Talk to their family. That’s what I want to do, because that’s my background too at Star Academy and with juvenile probation, I want to get them before they are on heavy probation. So I find it rewarding even the hard students,” Isakson says. “In fact, I like working with the hard students if they are in a way frustrated or they’re feeling unheard, or if they’re struggling so health issues – that’s the ones I want to talk to. My background -my undergrad is in psychology. Before I became a law enforcement officer, so I feel qualified to even address those issues.”