Cody Kittelson’s education and teaching career have shaped him to be prepared for his newest role as principal at Wabasso Public School.
The new Wabasso Public School principal has been a teacher for 13 years. His teaching experiences in school districts, such as Kindred, N.D., Fargo, N.D. and at BOLD in Olivia, have prepared him for this next step.
Kittelson, a graduate of North Dakota State University in Fargo, earned a degree in biology and a Masters degree in education leadership.
“In high school I taught Sunday school music class and was also a summer recreation coach. Working with kids was fun,” said Kittelson when asked how his passion to teach began.
Kittelson, growing up in Velva, N.D., began his college education at NDSU. Upon graduation he taught in Kindred for two years, followed by two years of teaching at Fargo Public Schools, and again at Kindred for another four years. He also taught for one year at BOLD in Olivia before beginning his career in Wabasso where he has taught for the past four years.
Kittelson admits his initial career thoughts were not in education but in pharmacy, but he decided that wasn’t for him.
Kittelson took over the reigns of principal in July after Jon Fulton, the previous principal, moved on professionally to the position of superintendent at Clinton-Graceville- Beardsley in Clinton.
Kittelson applied for the principal position after being encouraged by several colleagues and friends. With his Masters degree, Kittelson knew it was a natural progression to become a principal one day.
“I understand the community here in Wabasso, and I feel comfortable here as well,” he added.
Kittelson didn’t want to give up coaching, which included being head coach of track and field at Wabasso, as well as a varsity football coach.
Wade McKittrick, superintendent at Wabasso School encouraged Kittelson to not give up coaching. Kittelson will no longer be head coach of track and field, but will continue assisting coaching with football this season.
The role of principal includes overseeing the educators, the learning of all the students and the discipline of the students as well as completing and following policies and procedures implemented by the school district and state education system.
“The main goal of my position is to support the teachers and to offer anything I can do to support students in a safe environment,” said Kittelson when asked about the role of a principal.
A new feature of school safety that students and visitors will notice at Wabasso Public School is the new point of entrance into the school.
Once the bell rings marking the beginning of classes for the day the main entrance will be locked. When a visitor enters the school staff will have to communicate with the visitor before they are allowed entrance into the school through the secondary set of doors.
“This provides for a safe, one central location for visitors,” he said.
Kittelson is excited for the new challenge as principal and to see what the 2018-19 school year brings.
Kittelson resides in Wabasso along with his wife, Amanda, and their four children.