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Hall excited to work with Starr Elementary students, staff and parents

New Starr Elementary Principal Nicholas Hall is pictured with his wife, Maria, and their two children: Mae and Rhett. Photo courtesy of Nicholas Hall

Being the son of a teacher and para educator, newly hired Starr Elementary Principal Nicholas Hall's path toward becoming a teacher was almost a given.

"The relationships that I witnessed and was able to be a part of through my parents made teaching an obvious choice for me," Hall said. "Education is a great avenue to change lives and give people opportunities that wouldn't be possible without a solid educational foundation."

Although he is no longer a teacher, making a difference for both the staff and the students in his building allows Hall the ability to work with both young people and adults alike.

"In each of those situations I really enjoy the challenge of giving both groups what they need to be successful," Hall said. "Making connections with students, staff and parents to create successful situations for student learning. Working collaboratively to ensure student success."

Hall was approved as the next principal at Starr at the June 19 regular board meeting of the New Richmond Board of Education and took over the position at the start of the new school year July 1. Hall comes to New Richmond from the Stanley-Boyd Area Schools, where he had been the elementary school principal since 2013. Hall got his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a mathematics minor in 2007 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He finished his Master of Arts in Education degree, in educational leadership.

"After doing my research on the district and finding all the remarkable things that occur here and the expectations that are held for students and staff, it became clear that this was a place that fit me professionally," Hall said. "After learning about the district being a fit, Maria and I started to look into the offerings of the community — there are so many things that are offered within the New Richmond community for both us as adults but as well for our children that our decision to relocate was not only a career move but a personal move that is beneficial for our entire family. We look forward to calling New Richmond home."

With the start of the 2017-18 school year right around the corner, Hall is excited to meet the students of Starr Elementary and look at each student through the eye's of their parents and make decisions for the betterment of each child and their learning.

"I welcome conversations with parents/guardians about increasing the learning of each child in our building," Hall said. "I view my position as the ultimate advocate for each child and we need to work collaboratively (parents and school) to ensure each child learns at a high level."

Hall is most looking forward to getting to know the people of the New Richmond community, including the staff at Starr, the students and the community as a whole.

"Before accepting this position, I did a great deal of asking around to my personal and professional contacts about New Richmond, the school district and Starr Elementary," Hall said. "Each of the people I approached about this position has had the same response — 'you will love it there, the teachers and staff work extremely hard and have students' best interest in mind.'"

When asked about his style of teaching and his style as as principal, Hall said that he feels like he is a collaborative leader who will gather data before making decisions.

"When making those decisions, it is my goal to make choices based on what is best for students and their needs," Hall said. "It is essential, in my opinion, to treat each child as if they are our own and to make decisions for our students at Starr that I would make for my own children."

Hall brings his wife, Maria, and two children — Mae (2 years old) and Rhett (3 months old) — with him to New Richmond. He and wife are excited to make the move to New Richmond and they are looking forward to raising their children in such a progressive and caring community.

"I am beyond thrilled to add to our community both from a professional and personal perspective. I cannot wait to get to know the children at Starr Elementary and build a relationship of trust and respect with one another as we work together to propel each individual to their highest potential by establishing a solid educational foundation starting here at Starr Elementary," Hall said.

When he isn't working, Hall enjoys spending time with his family any way he can.

"I like to spend time with my family, playing outdoors, going for walks, and learning alongside our kids each day. I also enjoy playing and watching sports," Hall said. "Maria and I also, run a small business called 'Deck the Halls' where we assist people in creating customized wooden signs."

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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