New Hampshire native hired as new MPHS assistant principal
Elliott's tenure to begin next school year
Middle Park High School will undergo several changes in leadership next academic year as the Granby based secondary school welcomes two new administrators including future Assistant Principal Nicole Elliott.
Originally hailing from New Hampshire Elliott currently lives in the far eastern Idaho community of Driggs, a short drive away from the snow-covered peaks of the Tetons. She currently serves as the Special Education and Federal Programs Director for the Teton County School District, just west of Teton Pass and near the slopes of Grand Targhee Resort.
“I am honored and I am excited,” Elliott said of her recent selection as Middle Park’s newest administrator. “To have been given the opportunity and then to have been selected to be a part of Middle Park High School feels fantastic.”
Elliott is currently finishing up the school year in Driggs before making the move to Grand County, sometime this summer. She was selected for her new role by Middle Park’s future principal, Cindy Rimmer, who is currently serving as assistant principal at the high school and who will begin her first year as principal next academic year.
“Middle Park High School is fortunate to have Nicole Elliott joining our team,” Rimmer stated. “She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that will help students, staff and parents work together to reach our goals.”
Elliott came to the world of education in a somewhat surprising fashion. She originally obtained her commercial helicopter pilots license and worked as a flight instructor. After 9/11 Elliott found it hard to secure flying gigs and decided to shift gears and go into education. She said she discovered a talent and passion for teaching while working as a flight instructor.
She began working to obtain her masters in curriculum and instruction and took her first teaching position with a year round boarding school for at risk students in rural Idaho. From there she went on to spend 11 years teaching mathematics in Utah and Idaho before moving back to New Hampshire to take an assistant principal’s position for three years. It was not long though before she and her family longed once again for the wide-open spaces and rural settings of the Rocky Mountain west.
When an opportunity opened for her in Driggs she jumped at the chance. But since taking her position in Driggs, a district level position, Elliott came to realize that she is happiest working in a school, where she interacts with students and teachers on a daily basis.
“I want to work with teachers on a day in and day out basis to help them row in their profession so they can help kids grow and find success,” Elliott said. “My philosophy is every student can succeed, it is just a matter of us working with them and finding a way that helps them learn. The love I have for working with kids and teachers, I don’t get that sitting in a district office working on district wide programs.”
Elliott will be making the move to Grand County along with her husband Michael and the couple’s two children, Nicholas, who will be a sophomore next year at Middle Park High, and 3-year-old Kayden. Elliott said she and her family are passionate outdoor enthusiasts and she is looking forward to the opportunities to play in Grand County.
“I am most excited to become a part of the community,” Elliott said. “We are really hoping to find that sense of belonging, that this is the place we are meant to be.”
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