By Marj Oleske
Football, cross country, track, basketball, and baseball. Bert Ready has worn many hats as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. At the end of this year, he will be hanging up all his hats as he retires from the Bennett County School System.
This past school year, Ready has served exclusively as the Activity Director for Bennett County School. During the past four to five years, he slowly stepped into retirement, by only teaching weight training and filling the role of activity director.
Bert grew up in Brandon, Manitoba, where he graduated from high school, “Way back when!” as he put it. His teaching career began in North Dakota, where he spent 12 years teaching after earning his degree at Mayville State College, in Mayville, N.D. He then attended graduate school at Northern State University in Aberdeen for a year and a half, prior to moving to Martin.
Bert and his wife, Belinda, along with their children, Randy, James, Ross, and Ben, came to Martin in 1993, when he was hired as the high school social sciences teacher. Belinda has also worked for the school system in many roles throughout the years.
During his teaching career, Ready was always active with extra-curricular duties, and will continue umpiring baseball in the Black Hills area through the summer.
In closing, Ready emphasized that, “Kids need to be involved in extra-curricular activities. They also need to work hard in the classroom. It’s also important that parents be involved with, and support the school system.”