New ZM High School principal hired
By Tawny Michels
ZUMBROTA – Zumbrota-Mazeppa School Superintendent Tony Simons has confirmed that Jeff Nolte has been hired as the new high school principal. Nolte was the principal at Mabel-Canton K-12 Schools for the past seven years. He replaces Erick Enger who accepted a position as superintendent at Lake City Public Schools. Nolte currently lives in Mabel but plans to move to Zumbrota.
“His education, experience, and implementation of programs we already use here at ZM played a role in why he was chosen,” Simons said of their new principal choice. “The implementation of one-to-one mobile in his previous school is one ZM hopes to use soon, and we feel he would be a great leader in helping us achieve that.”
Nolte is originally from Spring Valley and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He is an avid fisherman, hunter, and outdoorsman. He has three children – Hannah, 17; Isaiah, 14; and Elijah, 10 – and has been working in education since 1993.
“I love kids and enjoy having a positive impact on others,” Nolte said of why he decided to get into education. “I chose ZM for the obvious reason that they had an opening, but more importantly because they have a reputation of good academics, and I want to continue that tradition while offering the best experience to both staff and students.”
With twenty-one years of experience in education under his belt, seven of those in adminis-tration roles, Nolte looks forward to the coming school year. He said, “I feel that our job as educators is not just to teach math, science, and writing but to help students grow into responsible adults who make good decisions and the schools ROAR (Respect Optimism Acceptance Responsibility) program does that. I hope the students not only implement that here at school but that it sticks with them when they go out into the world.”