Nichole Herzog was officially hired as the Dakota Valley Upper Elementary/Middle School Principal at the school board meeting July 12.

Before coming to DV, Herzog was the high school principal at Flandreau School District for four years. Before that she taught English and ELL in Arizona for 10 years and spent three years as an assistant principal.

She was raised in Dawson, MN. She attended SDSU and graduated with a communication studies degree. She continued her education at Grand Canyon State University and obtained her Masters degree.

Herzog decided to come to Dakota Valley because she wanted to be back in a larger school district, but still have that small town, school atmosphere.

She enjoys spending time with her dogs (Molly and CC), friends and family, hiking, working out, cooking, reading and working on crafts.

“My philosophy for a long time has been that every child is worth the effort regardless of the outcome,” Herzog said. “I know I can’t save everyone, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to try. Relationships, to me, are the most important thing in order for us to be successful.”