Brian Michaelson, the current principal at Mahnomen High School, has been selected to serve as the Nevis principal, replacing John Strom who is retiring at the school year’s end. Michaelson, who lives just north of Park Rapids and whose wife, Jennifer, teaches kindergarten at Century School in Park Rapids, will guide Nevis teachers and students pre-K through grade 12. “It’s a good fit,” Nevis Superintendent Gregg Parks said of Michaelson’s “organizational skills and experience in implementing a positive behavior intervention system.” “He’s an agent of positive change,” Parks said of attendance and discipline.
Michaelson taught science and coached for eight years in Cass Lake before going to Mahnomen, where he’s serving his second year as principal. “Ten years of driving takes a toll,” he said of his 60-mile journey to work. “Now it will be 12,” he said of the commute from the north side of Fish Hook.
The Michaelsons are parents of four children enrolled in Park Rapids, ranging in age from pre-school to eighth grade. “I like the Nevis area; I know the staff,” said Michaelson, who graduated from Menahga and is now in his 17th year in education. “It’s a good school academically. I’m looking forward to it.” “It takes teamwork,” Parks said, citing Michaelson’s experience as a coach. “I feel he’s a good fit.” Michaelson was chosen from a field of 30 candidates applying for the position.