Longtime educator, Nick Hoover has been promoted as the top administrator at the school after his predecessor, Dr. T.J. Vari was selected by the district as vice superintendent in July.
The new school year at Everett Meredith Middle School will begin under the leadership of a new principal.
Longtime educator, Nick Hoover has been promoted as the top administrator at the school after his predecessor, Dr. T.J. Vari was selected by the Appoquinimink School District as vice superintendent in July.
Hoover is a seasoned leader entering his 15th year in public education. He has worked in several different schools and districts in Delaware.
“Nick Hoover is an outstanding instructional leader and we feel fortunate to have him leading Meredith Middle School,” said Appoquinimink School District Superintendent Matthew Burrows. “Mr. Hoover will continue to build on the proud tradition of MMS. He stated in the interview process that he is going to work with the students, staff, parents and stakeholders to make Meredith the best middle school in the state.”
The Transcript wanted to ask Hoover more about his career, vision for the school, and little more about his personal background.
Q Tell us about your career as an educator.
A My educational career started long before my first day teaching. I had a few teachers who made an impact on my life when I was younger. Growing up, I knew I wanted to have the same impact on others. I was an education and history major at Washington College and after graduating, I started my teaching career as a middle school social studies teacher in Maryland. I continued my career in middle school social studies when I moved to Delaware in 2003.
In my several years of teaching, I knew I wanted to eventually have an impact on a greater number of students, so I decided to leave the classroom to become a dean of students. I was named assistant to the principal three years later, again with the ultimate goal of reaching more students and families.
In 2012, I was named the assistant principal of Everett Meredith Middle School and on July 14 of this year, I was named the new principal.
During my time in education, I have earned a master’s degree in school counseling and a master’s level certificate in educational leadership from Wilmington University.
Q Why did you want to become principal?
A My goal with every step I have taken in education has been to have a greater impact on a larger number of students and families. I want to see more students succeeding in and out of the classroom at Meredith and ultimately, I want to see more students successful when they leave us and further their educational career. As principal, not only can I impact individual students but I hope to positively impact the teachers, families and community as a whole.
Q What is your vision for Everett Meredith Middle School?
A My vision for the school is to continue to facilitate a learning experience that prepares students to be positive leaders. We want students to leave us with a better global understanding and how each of them as well as our community fits into the bigger picture.
During my three years as assistant principal, we saw great gains in student achievement, safety and climate and most importantly, student success. Under the leadership of Dr. T.J. Vari along with the amazing staff, families and students, we have made Meredith Middle the place to be.
Appoquinimink has the top two high schools in the state as well as both being nationally ranked. My vision is for Meredith to be top in the state and nationally recognized for its innovation, climate and culture and ultimately, our student success.
Q Tell us a bit about your life outside of school such as family and hobbies.
A I live in Middletown with my wonderful daughter, who attends school in Appoquinimink. You may catch us around town riding our bikes, walking through town or attending local events. We are both big Yankee fans and try to catch a few games a year. I am originally from New York, which explains why I am such a big Yankees fan. I am very close with my family and try to visit them as much as possible.
I attribute my drive and dedication to both of my parents and my brother. Their support has always been unwavering. Appoquinimink is an amazing place to live and work. I am truly blessed to be here.