Dan Grabowska

Dan Grabowska has been in education for over 25 years, 20 of those as an administrator. Currently, he has served as Park City Schools Superintendent and 7-12 Principal since 2014. ACE has been an excellent organization for schools in its ever-increasing region.  ACE provides some of the best professional development opportunities in the state, as well as progressive curriculum work. He finds it a challenge to work with an organization that is so progressive and such a positive resource for our schools.

Superintendent Park City Schools
PO Box 278
Park City, MT  59063

Nicole Hanson

Nicole Hanson has been an educator for over 20 years. She graduated from Montana State-Billings in 2003 with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught in Idaho for 6 years before returning to Montana where she taught in Roundup for 10 years. Nicole earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Rocky Mountain College in 2014. Nicole has been married to her husband Ben for 19 years and has two beautiful children, Ian and Rylan. She is currently has been Lavina’s Superintendent since 2020.

Nicole believes in the power of education as a tool to shape students’ future. An essential part of education is embedded within the ACE’s mission of providing meaningful curriculum and relevant resources to build the capacity of educators as they support students to achieve proficiency.

Superintendent Lavina School
PO Box 290
Lavina, MT 59046

Tobin Novasio

Tobin Novasio is a native of south-central Montana having attended elementary school, high school, and college in the area.  He has now served over 15 years as a Superintendent overall.  He believes ACE is crucial to his students and staff as it provides the opportunity to be involved in collaboration with fellow educators from across the region and top-flight results-oriented professional development.  “We is greater than me” and students in all member schools benefit from the work done by ACE.

Superintendent Hardin Schools
401 Park Road
Hardin, Montana 59034
(406) 665-9300

Leland Stocker

Leland Stocker has been a business and marketing teacher for 14 years in Washington State and Alaska. Montana State University (Go Bobcats!) provided principal and superintendent credentials. He has served in Gardiner, Havre, Belgrade, and St. Labre since 2003.

Belgrade and St. Labre see the value in Standards-Based Teaching and Reporting. The ACE Curriculum Consortium will facilitate the implementation of this student-centered program.

Director of Schools (Superintendent) St. Labre Indian Catholic Schools
112 St. Labre Campus Drive
Ashland, Montana 59003

Heather Jarrett, Board Chair

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

From an early age, she wanted to be a teacher because she loves learning and school. In 2002, she graduated from Montana State University – Billings with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. Heather continued her education by completing a Traffic Education endorsement and a Family and Consumer Sciences degree and taught in Absarokee, Big Timber and in Reed Point. With Heather’s love of learning and teaching, it became evident that instructional leadership would be her next career goal. In 2014, Heather graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a Master of Educational Leadership. Upon completing her degree, Reed Point Schools offered her an assistant administrator position alongside teaching duties. For the 2018-2019 school year, she became the Superintendent/Principal for Reed Point Schools. Confucius was right; Heather chose her dream job and looks forward to it daily.

Serving students and teachers are her personal and professional goals, which are the basis for her interest in serving on the ACE Board of Directors. Heather would like to help further the organization and the services it provides to schools. ACE has provided high-quality professional development to her school that would otherwise not have been possible. The growth she has personally received over the years is something that she wants to both pass on and pay forward.

Superintendent Reed Point Schools
PO Box 338
Reed Point, MT 59069

Mark Wandle

Mark has taught social studies and health enhancement in North Dakota and Montana since 1992. He has spent 20 years in the Huntley Project School District and served as a teacher and coach (1999-2009), principal (2009-2017), and now superintendent (2017-present). Mark feels blessed to have a wonderful wife, Sarah, and two wonderful daughters. Brynn is 13 and Raegan is 10. Mark loves to be outdoors, learn through hands-on experiences, and values the US Military and the sacrifices made by those who serve and their families.

Mark chose to be a part of the ACE board to help analyze and assess the areas of ongoing curriculum support that are beneficial to the member schools. He believes the collaboration of the ACE school districts is valuable and helps the school districts meet the ongoing demands and changes in curriculum and professional support. The practical and positive connection is a valuable resource.

Superintendent Mark Wandle
1477 Ash Street
Worden, MT 59088
406-967-2540 ext 601

Jim Goltz

Jim is currently the superintendent at Elder Grove Schools. A Rocky Mountain College and Dickinson State University graduate, Jim has been in education for 21 years. Jim has been married to his wife Amy for 21 years, and they have three children Chance, Mya, and Gage. Four dogs joined their family: Hank, Pepper, Bear, and Jett. Jim is excited about the opportunity to join the ACE Board and continue to support the great work that ACE provides for the schools.

Superintendent, Elder Grove
1532 S 64th St W
Billings, MT 59106
(406) 656-2893