Columbus super hopefuls come to town
Four candidates for Columbus School District superintendent will be introduced to the community next week.
The board of trustees will interview the candidates on Jan. 14 and 15. Candidates will also meet with teachers and staff members and be given tours of the school facilities and the town. A public “meet and greet” session is also planned with the candidates on both days.
Hannah Nieskens is currently the school principal at Wolf Point Public School District, a position she has held since 2011. Nieskens previously served as dean of students and as an instructional specialist at Wolf Point High School. She has also taught elementary school in Billings, and computer literacy in Clark County, Nev., as well as working as an educational computing strategist in Clark County.
Nieskens graduated from MSU Bozeman magna cum laude in 2000.
Eldon “Chad” Johnson is currently the superintendent at Twin Bridges Schools. Johnson previously served as superintendent in both Fromberg and Melstone. He has also taught science in Melstone and Stanford.
Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from MSU Bozeman.
Louis “Mike” Yovetich has worked as the principal at River City Middle School in Post Falls, Idaho, since 2004. He was vice principal at River City from 2001 until 2004. From 2000 until 2001 Yovetich worked at East Valley Middle School in East Helena as a vice principal and activities director. He began his education career as a social studies and language arts teacher at Laurel High School from 1993 until 2000.
Yovetich earned a bachelor’s degree in history from University of Montana in Missoula and a master’s degree in education from MSU Bozeman.
Jeffrey Bermes is currently the superintendent at Joliet Public Schools, a position he has held since 2010. Previously Bermes was superintendent of Roberts Public Schools. Bermes also worked as an elementary teacher at Broadview Public Schools from 1996 until 2005.
Meet and Greet
Nieskens and Johnson will be available to meet the public on Jan. 14. Yovetich and Bermes will be available on Jan. 15. The public sessions will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. on both days.