Nicole Hansen, Interim Principal
Nicole Hansen is the Interim Principal at Talahi Community School. This will be her tenth 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 create a fun, safe and thriving environment.
Richard Chakolis, Assistant Principal
Richard Chakolis has worked in suburban, urban and rural school districts over the last 17 years. He attended Minneapolis North Community High School. Richard spent one year at the Air Force Academy Prep School and one year at the United States Coast Guard Academy where he also played football and wrestled. Richard completed his bachelor's at Augsburg College and completed his student teaching at Hopkins North Junior High School. Richard received his Administrative License from St. Mary's University and completed his administrative requirements at Champlin Park High School and Birch Grove Elementary. Richard has held multiple positions including Multi-Cultural Educator, Student Learning Advocate, Middle School Athletic Director, Dean of Students and Youth Enrichment/Development District Coordinator.
Richard has coached baseball, football, wrestling, track and soccer. He is a proud dad of three children and loves sports and music.
Richard was the Administrative Intern at South Junior High School last year. He attributes his success in education to his parents Francine and Richard Sr. who both were educators for many years.
"I believe all students can succeed and I love working with kids of all ages!"