A new chapter began at Eagle Ridge Middle School this fall with the welcoming of a new principal, Mohamed Selim.
Selim, a former college professor and sophomore principal, replaces former Eagle Ridge principal Erika Nesvig, who moved to Oregon last year.
âI am absolutely honored and privileged to be a part of the Eagle Ridge community,â Selim said in a recent interview.
Selim began his teaching career in 2008 with a sixth grade teaching position at a charter school north of the metro. With the encouragement of the school principal, he then attended the University of Minnesota to obtain his Certificate of Approval to Practice in Administration.
Selim’s work as a first-grade principal at William Byrne Elementary School in Burnsville last year earned him the District Leadership in Action award following several nominations from his colleagues.
During the presentation of the District’s Community of Excellence awards, Lisa Hanson, learning specialist at William Byrne, said Selim has inspired staff, new and old, to build on their strengths and become leaders in the school.
âHer dignified and calm style brought us together,â she said. “He is truly a leader in action.”
Selim, who lives in Lakeville with his wife, Nancy, and their two children, Lara, 8, and Adam, 6, said he looks forward to the year ahead for Eagle Ridge students.
âThere is a feeling of immense joy to have students back with us and to see the energy in the building,â he said.
Several recent changes at Eagle Ridge, such as block planning, are aimed at helping students deepen their core curriculum.
A new integrated honors program offers students additional opportunities to access crash course work.
Looking forward to the coming year, Selim said he was very happy to be working with college kids again.
âThey are delighted to be here and our role is to continue to involve them in learning and channel that energy in a positive way and our teachers are doing a great job of doing that,â he said.