Kate Flynn is the Principal at Talahi Community School. She has 28 years of experience in the St. Paul school system. She is overjoyed to be part of District 742 because of her strong connections to the St. Cloud area. She has degrees from St. Ben's and SCSU, nieces and nephews in the school district as well as family who live and work here.
She is passionate about learning and growing within the Talahi school community. As a leader, her biggest goal is to inspire others to reach their full potential: students and staff.
Little Known Fact: She has had the privilege of being a Creative Arts Principal and Principal at an International Baccalaureate school.
Nicole Hansen is the Assistant Principal at Talahi Community School. This will be her ninth year at Talahi. Prior to this position, she was a sixth grade teacher and the Academic Achievement and Student Support Specialist at Talahi. She graduated from St. Cloud State University where she received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Social Studies. Ms. Rafdal then attended Saint Mary's University where she earned her Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning and her Educational Administration licensure.
Ms. Hansen is proud to be a part of Talahi's strong passion for teaching and learning and its commitment to keep the students at the center of all decisions. She believes that Talahi's focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) gives students the opportunity to collaborate, explore and learn skills that allow them to prepare for our ever-changing world. Ms. Rafdal is also proud that Talahi's rich culture allows learning beyond school subjects and helps children develop holistically. She is honored to be a Talahi Timberwolf and to serve our community.
Ms. Hansen is looking forward to developing relationships with the students, families, staff and community to aid in her focus on student success and closing the achievement gap. She is excited to grow with Principal Flynn as they create a fun, safe and thriving environment.