Nicole Hansen, Principal
Nikki Hansen is the Principal at Talahi Community School. This will be her 12th year serving the Talahi community. Prior to this position, she was a sixth grade teacher, Academic Achievement and Student Support Specialist, and Assistant Principal. She graduated from St. Cloud State University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Social Studies. Ms. Hansen then attended Saint Mary's University where she earned Master's Degrees in Teaching and Learning and K-12 Educational Leadership.
Nikki is proud to be a part of Talahi's school community, one that has a strong passion for teaching and learning and is committed to keeping the students at the center of all decisions. Ms. Hansen is proud that Talahi's rich culture allows learning beyond school subjects and helps children develop holistically.
Ms. Hansen is looking forward to the upcoming school year and the restructuring of Talahi as a PreK-2nd grade building. This reimagining will allow staff to narrow their focus on foundational skills that are developmentally appropriate to meet the needs of young learners. She is looking forward to continuing to develop relationships with the students, families, staff, and the community to aid in her focus on student success. She is honored to be a Talahi Timberwolf and to serve this exceptional community.
Andrea Laning, Interim Assistant Principal
Andy Laning is the new Assistant Principal at Talahi Community School. Last school year, she worked in the St. Cloud School District as an administrative intern at South Junior High School. Mrs. Laning has been working in education for the past 15 years in a variety of positions including middle school English teacher, elementary classroom teacher, teacher instructional coach and district equity coach. In addition to her K-6 and 5-8 Communication Arts and Literature teaching licensure, she has completed a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and a Master’s level K-12 Principal program and also acquired her K-12 Reading Teacher endorsement.
Mrs. Laning is excited to use her many education experiences and growing expertise as a leader to serve students, families and staff at Talahi. She believes it is her privilege and responsibility to provide students the best possible school environment, high-quality instruction, and engaging opportunities for their learning. Mrs. Laning’s passion for all things PK-12 education drive her on-going commitment to working side-by-side with school staff to create right-fit experiences for meeting the academic, socio-emotional, and individual needs of all students. She is thrilled to be joining the Talahi Timberwolf pack and is looking forward to a terrific school year!