Join us in Welcoming our New Superintendent of Orchard View Schools - James A. Nielsen
On July 1, 2015 Jim Nielsen will begin his first year as Superintendent of Orchard View Schools. He is currently employed as the Principal at Orchard View Middle School, where he has been since 2003. Jim began his career in education in 1987 as a kindergarten teacher, followed by several years as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher and coach. In the time since leaving the classroom in 1995 he held a number of positions in the school district, including Dean of Students, Athletic Director, High School Assistant Principal, and Assistant Superintendent.
In addition to the various administrative and teaching positions Jim has held at Orchard View Schools, he served on the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals Board of Directors and several committees with the Michigan High School Athletic Association. In 2007, Jim received the Outstanding Alumni Administrator Award from Grand Valley State University and in 2013 (along with other staff members) The Winner’s Circle Award for innovative educational programs from Michigan Association of School Administrators.
Jim is a 1983 graduate of Orchard View High School, and lifelong resident of the community. After high school, he attended Muskegon Community College where he received an Associate’s Degree in 1985, before moving on to Grand Valley State to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. In 1989, he completed a Master’s Degree Program in Educational Leadership at Western Michigan University.
Jim has three wonderful adult children who all attended Orchard View Schools; Kyle, Kiefer, and Kendalyn, as well as four (soon to be five) beautiful grandchildren. In his spare time he teaches classes at Muskegon Community College, volunteers in the community, plays golf, softball, soccer, and travels.
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School Board Meeting 7:00 PM to 8:00 PMSchool Board MeetingDistrict CalendarJul 207:00 PM to 8:00 PMOV High School, Community Room
Committee of the Whole Board Work Session 6:30 PM to 7:30 PMCommittee of the Whole Board Work SessionDistrict CalendarAug 106:30 PM to 7:30 PMOVHS Community Room
School Board Meeting 7:00 PM to 8:00 PMSchool Board MeetingDistrict CalendarAug 177:00 PM to 8:00 PMOV High School, Community Room
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