Tomah elementary principal picked to head Northside Elementary in La Crosse

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Nicki Pope, who will replace retiring principal Laura Huber, has 10 years of administrative experience, including being principal of Lemonweir Elementary School in Tomah, Wis., since 2012. (La Crosse School District photo)

LA CROSSE, Wis., (WKBT) — The La Crosse School Board approved the hiring of Nicki Pope as the new principal of Northside Elementary/Coulee Montessori, effective July 1.
Pope, who will replace retiring principal Laura Huber, has 10 years of administrative experience, including being principal of Lemonweir Elementary School in Tomah, Wis., since 2012.
Before that, Pope was special education director at the Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 4. She also has six years of experience as a special education teacher.
“Nicki brings a strong set of educational leadership skills to this new role,” said Superintendent Aaron Engel. “She is a powerful advocate for students, families and staff and brings with her a unique level of year-round school experience, familiarity with Montessori education, and is a strong builder of community coalitions eager to hear from all voices.”
Pope is a 2005 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She earned her Master’s degree in special education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2009.
“My philosophy is to create a positive environment, which enables stakeholders of all types to play important roles in promoting both the academic and social, emotional growth of students so they can excel,” she said.