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Reinertsen Elementary’s new administrative team prepares to welcome families

August 24, 2017

As leaders at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School, the school’s new administrators are aiming to provide a positive educational experience for their students.

“We are working as a team to create the best learning environment for all students, which is pretty exciting,” said Josh St. Louis, Reinertsen principal.

St. Louis, who was named principal for Reinertsen Elementary effective July 1, is excited to continue building relationships with staff, students, and parents in the district. He has served as assistant principal at the school for two years. Prior to that St. Louis was a teacher at Robert Asp Elementary since 2006. He replaces Carla Smith who was named principal for Horizon Middle School West Campus, the district’s new grades 5-6 school.

“I’m also excited to begin building relationships with our new students and families, and I’m looking forward to welcoming kindergarten back to the building,” St. Louis said.

Tiffany Nagel was named assistant principal for Reinertsen Elementary and will work closely with St. Louis in shaping a vision of success for all students at Reinertsen.

“My focus throughout my experience in education has always been to encourage staff and students to become lifelong learners through self-pride, dedication, respect, and hard work,” Nagel said. “As assistant principal, I am excited to build relationships with staff and students and help to create a positive learning environment for all.”

St. Louis earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Minnesota, and he obtained his principal licensure through Minnesota State University Moorhead. As principal, he will be building and maintaining relationships with students, staff and parents, providing professional development to staff that drives student learning, reflecting on teaching practices and systems to ensure a safe learning environment for all, and providing families with ideas that support their children both at school and away from school.

Nagel earned her bachelor’s degree and principal licensure through Minnesota State University Moorhead and her master’s degree through Southwest Minnesota State University. She previously worked as RtI coordinator and instructional coach for Lake Park Audubon Elementary School, and she has 14 years experience as a classroom teacher. As assistant principal, she will be helping to create a safe and positive culture of learning, cultivate leadership in others, and work toward the success of all students.

“All staff will be working together in collaborative teams and will guide one another in improving instruction to ensure all students learn,” she said.

Both administrators appreciate the community support in Moorhead.

“There is tremendous support for our district throughout the community, and it’s awesome to be a part of it,” St. Louis said.

Nagel is happy to be part of the tradition of excellence in Moorhead Area Public Schools. “Moorhead has strong parent and community support, and that involvement and engagement is important to me and is a crucial piece in the education of our students,” she said.

In the short-term, St. Louis and Nagel are working to have everything in place to welcome families to Reinertsen Elementary this fall.

“It has been a busy summer of remodeling as we prepare to add kindergarten,” St. Louis said. “We want to be ready on the first day.”

Nagel looks forward to working with the staff in Moorhead to educate young learners.

“I am looking forward to a great year of learning, working as a team, and being part of a staff that strives for the success of all students,” she said.

Photo caption: Tiffany Nagel, S.G. Reinertsen Elementary assistant principal, and Josh St. Louis, S.G. Reinertsen Elementary principal, discuss plans for the new year during an administrative meeting in August.

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