Scott Mickelsen was born in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Manhattan, Kansas. Scott and his family have been Topeka residents since 1997.
Scott earned a B.S. in Agriculture in 1987 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 from Kansas State University. Following graduation from veterinary school, he worked in private veterinary practice in suburban Kansas City for 5 years before returning to school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. There he completed a three year NIH sponsored post-doctoral research fellowship in comparative pathology. Dr. Mickelsen is board certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and is employed by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
Scott initially became involved in Topeka Public Schools (TPS) by volunteering on the Whitson Elementary PTO where he was the District Citizen’s Advisory Council (DCAC) representative for several years. He was elected DCAC Vice-President in 2010 and President in 2011. He has also been active on the Topeka High School Site Council. Prior to volunteering in TPS, Scott served on the Board of Directors at Bright Circle Montessori School and at the Cat Association of Topeka shelter.
Scott and his wife Stephanie, Operations Manager in Housing and Community Development at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, have two children. Their oldest child, daughter Riley, is a 2013 Topeka High School graduate and now attends Kansas State University. Their youngest child, Jack, is a middle school student. Scott can be seen most early mornings running from his home around the perimeter of the Washburn University campus training for his 7th marathon. He also enjoys cheering on his beloved K-State football and basketball teams.
“Educating our students takes on many forms. This includes not only reading, writing, mathematics, science, history, and the arts, but also developing emotional maturity and social intelligence. Together with dedicated and trained faculty, staff and administration, I am honored to support the role parents and families have in encouraging and developing each student to reach their full potential.”