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Cultivating a vision

R-I District welcomes new high school principal 

Victoria Kemper, Democrat News

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Nickey Reutzel is the 2023-2024 Fredericktown High School Principal.

Fredericktown High School welcomes Nickey Reutzel as its new principal for the 2023-2024 school year. 

Reutzel, the former Fredericktown Intermediate School principal, brings with her 17 years of experience in education, with six of those spent as an administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health and human performance in secondary education, a master’s degree in school counseling K-12, and a master’s degree in educational leadership K-12. She is currently working on a specialist degree in educational leadership.

Reutzel said her decision to apply for the high school principal position was driven by her desire to work with older students again. 

“I started my career in secondary education, and have spent the last 8 years in elementary education,” Reutzel said. “I was hoping to get back into secondary at some point, and personally my children are getting older so it was a good time for me to make the move.”

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FHS Principal Nickey Reutzel welcomes students as they arrive on campus for the first day of school.

Reutzel said she believes effective communication, problem-solving skills, and leadership are key qualities which make an effective high school principal. Building relationships with students, staff, and parents is also a priority for her as she takes on this new role.

Spending several years as the intermediate school principal has helped to prepare Reutzel for the new role. 

She said she gained knowledge of students’ formative years and learned how early education helps to shape their growth. 

As she begins her new role, Reutzel said her main goal for this year is to gain knowledge of and a feel for the building. 

“Overall, I hope to create a safe learning environment, and impact the culture of the building,” Reutzel said. “I also want to promote student learning and excitement for education.”

Reutzel said the thing she will miss the most from the intermediate school is the staff and students.

“I had the opportunity to work with so many great people,” Reutzel said. “I will also miss the little ones. They have such an excitement for life and learning.”

While Reutzel may miss FIS, she said she is looking forward to building relationships and cultivating a vision for the high school.

Fredericktown High School has spent the first few weeks of school welcoming its new principal and is eager to see the positive changes she will bring to the school.


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