Dave Wick

A school administrator for more than 25 years, Montana principal David N. Wick believes that the principal has the greatest impact on school culture. Because of this outlook, he has dedicated his career to not only his students and faculty but also to his colleagues in education. He steps into his latest leadership role of NAESP president starting Aug. 1, 2019.

“In developing and building positive relationships with all members of the school community, the principal can communicate high expectations, develop an inclusive environment, and motivate all to strive to be their best,” says Wick, principal and director of elementary education at Columbia Falls Junior High School in Columbia Falls, Montana. “While being a principal is a difficult job, I find it to be rewarding and fulfilling, and I respect the many roles of the principal. I am humbled and honored to serve fellow principals in my role with NAESP.”

Members of Wick’s family include his wife Carrie, and their two children, McKenzie and Murphy.

Professional Experience and Honors

A member of NAESP since 1994, Wick has served on its Board of Directors since 2012. He is also a member of the Montana Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals, the School Administrators of Montana, and the Western Montana Principals.

Wick won the Montana Distinguished Principal Award in 2011, and in 2012, he was named an NAESP National Distinguished Principal. The Montana Office of Public Instruction also selected his school for a Title I Distinguished School Award twice, in 2007 and 2011.

Education and Career

Beginning his education career as an English teacher at Alma Public School in Alma, Wisconsin, Wick continued his teaching and coaching career in Hope, North Dakota, and Brainerd, Minnesota, before becoming assistant principal at Central School in Whitefish, Montana, in 1994. He has been working for Columbia Falls School District Six since 1997.

Wick earned his M.Ed. in Education Leadership from the University of Montana in 1993 and underwent his doctoral coursework in educational leadership and supervision in 1994. He has also taken graduate coursework at Carleton College, Hamline University, and St. Cloud State University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English education with a minor in business administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, in 1980. He graduated from Great Falls (Mt.) High School in 1976.

Follow Wick on Twitter at @DaveWick15.