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Josh Noble accepts new role in District 518, as the search for a new WHS principal begins

Noble will begin his work as director of instruction on June 1.

Worthington High School Principal Josh Noble stands next to the Trojan statue near the school's administrative office on Friday, March 4, 2022. Noble has been named director of instruction for District 518 and will begin in his new position on June 1.
Worthington High School Principal Josh Noble stands next to the Trojan statue near the school's administrative office on Friday, March 4, 2022. Noble has been named director of instruction for District 518 and will begin in his new position on June 1.
Kari Lucin / The Globe

WORTHINGTON — After seven years, Josh Noble’s days as principal of Worthington High School are drawing to an end, as he prepares to take on a new role in District 518 — that of director of instruction.

“Ultimately, I just felt like it would give me an opportunity to reconnect with district-wide staff and students,” Noble said Friday.

Initially, he hesitated to apply for the job, not because the position is new to the district or because of the duties required, but because he truly loves his job as principal.

“It’s been a joy working here for the last seven years,” Noble said.

A 1995 graduate of Worthington High School, Noble attended then-Worthington Community College, followed by Moorhead State University and St. Mary’s University. He started teaching at West Elementary in 1999, made the jump to Prairie Elementary in 2001 and, after he earned his master’s degree in education, became Prairie’s assistant principal in 2008.

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He served as principal at Prairie for five years before returning to WHS, this time as its principal, in 2015.

Noble’s move to the director of instruction position is just one of a few administrative reshuffles for the district, as the new role replaces the old director of teaching and learning position and includes its duties as well as additional responsibilities. And the current director of teaching and learning, Katie Clarke, will take the helm at the new Intermediate School as its principal.

Noble will begin his work as director of instruction on June 1.

He was chosen by a committee of nine people, including school board members, a teacher and representatives from the teaching and learning department. Three candidates were interviewed, met with Superintendent John Landgaard and district principals, and received tours of Worthington.

“I think his background and knowledge of the district overall, and just his success already… in the positions he’s held in the district — it put him a little further ahead of the other candidates, definitely,” Landgaard said of Noble. “Mr. Noble’s a quality individual who will do great work, has done great work and will continue to do great work.”

The director of instruction position will focus on academics and student achievement, the superintendent added.

Noble said every building in District 518 has initiatives, programs and resources that are making an impact in those areas, and that in his new role, he hopes to help link the efforts together between the schools, to bring some consistency to them. He also hopes to help form closer ties between special education teachers and classroom teachers as they work with students in and out of the classroom.

He praised the teachers of District 518 for their efforts.

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“There’s a lot of educators in this system that made a difference in my life,” Noble said. “I think we have amazing educators that constantly meet the needs of students.”

The District 518 Board of Education is expected to formally approve hiring Noble at its next meeting, which is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. March 15 in the WHS band room.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity,” Noble added.

The school posted its job opening for a new high school principal on Thursday, and as of Friday morning, one application had already arrived, Landgaard said.

READ MORE FROM KARI LUCIN

A 1999 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2003 graduate of Augsburg College, Kari Lucin started writing for newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2006. During her time as a reporter, she covered beats including education, watershed, county and agriculture, and frequently wrote about health and science. She has also served as an online content coordinator and an engagement specialist at various Forum Communications properties. She was a marketing assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville for two years, where she did design work in addition to writing and social media management.

Lucin is currently a community editor with the Globe of Worthington.

Email: klucin@dglobe.com
Phone: (507) 376-7319
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