Dear MIB Rangers:
My name is Nickole Phipps, and I am so excited to introduce myself as the new PreK-12 Dean of Students in the Mountain Iron-Buhl Public Schools. I am honored to have been selected to join the Mountain Iron-Buhl School District that has such a rich tradition of education and school pride! I am excited and eager to bring my skills as an educational leader to MIB and work with you as a partner in education to ensure each child’s success.
Education has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I graduated from Saint Cloud State University in 2010 with my Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish Education with a TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) minor. Shortly thereafter, in the fall of 2013, I began my master’s program. I completed my Master of Arts in Education degree in 2015 from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Ten months later, I returned to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota to pursue my Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree. I just graduated June 3rd, 2018 with my K-12 Principal License, Superintendent License, and Ed.S. Degree.
In addition to my own education goals, supporting the success of all students has been my top priority. I have a strong passion to educate young minds to help them grow in their education to become successful, responsible, and well-rounded individuals. This has been my philosophy since I began my teaching career over 8 years ago. I have had the opportunity to teach many different groups of learners, including students who represent our global society, from different cultural backgrounds who speak different languages, those who have many different and specific learning needs, and students at different performance levels.
Right after finishing my undergraduate degree, I taught at the Monticello High School in the Monticello School District #886, where I graduated from. I worked with students in grades 9-12 in the Spanish and English Learner (EL) departments. I taught levels I, II, and III of Spanish classes, and intermediate to advanced levels of EL classes. After that, I worked for three years in the Saint Michael-Albertville School District #882 with students in grades 5-8 in the EL program at Middle Schools East and West. During my time there, I taught new-to-country, beginning, intermediate, advanced, and transitional level classes of EL. I was also responsible for implementing an overhaul on the EL program. I was a part of a three-year initiative, partnered with Hamline University professors, who trained, coached, and educated all district staff on how to best educate the EL students. Additionally, I conducted research about EL curriculum, presented this information to the school board, and was given the opportunity to purchase and implement this new curriculum within the program district-wide. The past four years I worked at Apollo High School in the Saint Cloud Area School District #742 with students in grades 9-12 in the EL program. I have taught explicit EL instruction ranging from new-to-country students to advanced ELs who were soon exited from the program. I have taught in multiple co-taught settings, such as Math, P.E., Keyboarding, Art, and multiple levels of English Language Arts. During the 2017-2018 school year, I solely co-taught mainstream English Language Arts. In addition to teaching, I was the Internal Coach for our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, and I was the head Link Crew coordinator as well. I also provided technology support for the building, as well as facilitated professional development and student and parent workshops.
I look forward to a great year ahead of us! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything.
Contact: Nickole Phipps, Ed.S.
Phone: (218) 735-8271 Ext. 1002