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Nevis School adds dean of students

Nevis students will not only have a new superintendent. They will be seeing a familiar face in an all-new position as well.

Bryan Wormley, a long-time Nevis School physical education teacher and activities director, will be the dean of students.

Wormley will work directly with Principal John Strom and new Superintendent Gregg Parks to deal with student discipline and oversee the well-being of the student body.

Wormley first started working for the Nevis school District in 1994 as an education assistant. At the time, he knew next to nothing about the area that he would spend the next two decades and counting in.

“We had no connection to the area, but we had just purchased Happy Days Resort, and I needed a job so we could eat,” said Wormley of he and his wife Heidi’s beginnings with the area.

He had a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and is a certified athletic administrator.

“I started as an educational one-on-one aide, also monitoring recess and driving a van to pick up students on routes not big enough for a bus. I was also a substitute bus driver for a few years. I did this for three years, and then went back to school and picked up my teaching license,” Wormley said.

His teaching career officially started in 1999. He then became activities director for the district in 2000.

The position of dean of students was mentioned by Strom during a June school board meeting. Strom was discussing the day-to-day disciplinary actions of the district, and how they could be better addressed.

Strom proposed creating a position for someone who would work alongside both himself and Superintendent Parks in order to more closely monitor the pulse of the student body. He also liked Wormley as a suitable in-house candidate – one who was already familiar with the school and student body he would be directly working with.

“He is well acquainted with the rules and culture of the school. He knows the students, teachers and parents,” Strom said. 

“He has had the responsibility of enforcing activity and athletic rules for both students and coaches for many years. I don’t think that there is any question that he will be effective in the position.”

Strom believes that a major benefit in creating the new position will be freeing other faculty – himself included – to pursue other areas of progress.

“It will free me to do many of the leadership activities that have not been addressed to the level that I think they should be, such as teacher supervision, teacher observation and evaluation. I will have the time to visit with teachers and parents at any time the opportunity arises,” Strom said.

“Committees are one of the vehicles that staff uses to have their input in the decision making in the school – re-energizing the committee structure is critical. Currently there are at least six mandates, rule changes or laws from the state that must be addressed either immediately or in the next couple of months. I will have adequate time to ensure that the staff is aware, acquainted and receiving the training needed to meet these changes.”

The position will not come with a salary increase or any other contractual benefit for Wormley. Seemingly, the only things that will change will be Wormley’s title and his responsibilities.

“Anything that upsets the ability of teachers to teach or the students to learn is a detriment to the school. My goal is that with Mr. Wormley’s help, we will be able to maintain this balance at all times,” Strom said.

Wormley embraces the new challenges.

“I am looking forward to working with Mr. Strom and Mr. Parks as we develop the Dean position and I assist the students, staff and parents of the Nevis district in becoming better learners, in an ever improving learning environment,” Wormley said.

“I love working at Nevis School,” he added. “We have a great school that is recognized as being great all around the state both academically and athletically.”

Nick Longworth
A graduate from St. Cloud State University, Nick photographs and writes a variety of stories for nearly every section of The Park Rapids Enterprise. His duties also include section layouts and online content submission.
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