For Parkview’s new principal, District 196 has always been more than an employer — it’s been home. Nicole Frovik grew up in the district, and her father, Mike Egstad, was a social studies teacher at Rosemount and Apple Valley high schools.
“I had great teachers growing up who helped me become who I am today, and I still strongly believe in this district,” said Frovik, whose three children attend District 196 schools.
Frovik replaces Pam Haldeman who retired from Parkview — which is located in Lakeville — last school year.
The 39-year-old Apple Valley resident said she knew from a young age she would follow in her father’s footsteps.
“I always loved learning and connecting with people,” she said.
Frovik wasn’t the only one to inherit her father’s passion for teaching. Her brother, Chad Clendening, is a physical education teacher at Apple Valley High School and his wife is a teacher at Highland Elementary. Frovik’s husband is a teacher in Shakopee.
Shortly after earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Augsburg College, Frovik began her career in 1996 as an intern at Valley Middle School in Apple Valley. A year later, she was hired as a teacher at Parkview.
While there, she most enjoyed working with students and their families.
Frovik was hired as media specialist after seven years.
“I always loved reading and had a desire to affect the broader community,” Frovik said of her decision to leave the classroom.
The new position enabled her to work with students from all elementary grade levels. Frovik said the work was very rewarding.
In 2012, Frovik left Parkview to become the magnet coordinator and instruction assistant at Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science in Eagan.
“It was an opportunity to learn about a new program in the district and get a new perspective,” she said.
Frovik said the position gave her a new way to address inequity issues within the district — an issue she previously worked on as a member of several districtwide committees.
Though she enjoyed her position at Glacier Hills, Frovik yearned to once again connect with families on a more intimate level.
Becoming Parkview’s principal enables her to do just that, Frovik said.
Frovik, who has a master’s degree in education and education administration, had considered becoming a principal for several years.
Parkview has had a unique place in District 196 since it opened in 1971. The school is located in District 196 and has a Rosemount address but is located within Lakeville city limits.
As principal, Frovik will face challenges brought on by the school’s continued growth. Enrollment at Parkview has grown rapidly from day one, and with 810 students in grades K-5, the school is near capacity. Parkview’s attendance area has one of the highest concentrations of preschool-aged children in the district. In addition to rapid growth, Frovik expects to face growing numbers of all-day kindergarten students next fall since the program will become free.
District officials are considering busing some all-day kindergarten students to other district schools to accommodate growth. Many half-day kindergartners already attend Highland due to space.
“We will work to ensure families are still connected to Parkview, though,” Frovik said. “When finding solutions to this issue, I think the district will look at the best interest of our kids.”