Bismarck, North Dakota Public Schools Announces New Principals
There will be three new principals beginning next school year at Bismarck Public Schools.
According to a press release from Bismarck Public Schools, three schools in Bismarck will see new leaders in 2023-2024.
Sharon Espeland is the new principal of Wachter Middle School.
She will be replacing the current principal of Wachter Lee Zieger, who will be retiring after this school year.
Ms. Espleland is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a degree in Social Studies education. She also holds a master's degree from Minnesota State, Moorhead, in Counseling and Student Development, and an administrative credential from the University of Mary.
She began her career teaching and coaching 7-12 grade students in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Ms. Espleland is currently an assistant principal at Century High School in Bismarck.
Christopher Narum has been named an elementary principal.
His future school assignment is yet to be determined. Mr. Narum has over twelve years of experience with Bismarck Public Schools in multiple roles.
He's previously worked at Miller, Grimsrud, Roosevelt, Centennial, and Liberty. Mr. Narum currently serves as the assistant principal of Northridge Elementary School.
Mr. Narum had this to say about his new position, "I look forward to joining another great BPS staff, helping build on an already caring environment, and helping students and staff meet individual and building goals.”
Jessica Nichols has also been named an elementary principal.
Her future school assignment has also yet to be determined. Ms. Nichols holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Dickinson State University, and a master's in Education Leadership from the University of Mary.
She began her teaching career 16 years ago at Moses Elementary. During this time, Ms. Nichols has been an instructional aide, elementary teacher, middle school teacher, volleyball head coach, and assistant principal. Ms. Nichols is currently in her seventh year as an assistant principal at Simle Middle School.