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Principal Announced for SoWashCo Online (K-5 and 9-12)

Principal Announced for SoWashCo Online (K-5 and 9-12)

Dear South Washington County Schools Community,

Nick Falde

I am pleased to share that Nick Falde was selected as the principal for our new virtual school, SoWashCo Online. 

As the principal for South Washington Alternative High School, Mr. Falde brings extensive experience in setting up students for academic success. His knowledge of flexible learning opportunities, both in-person and virtually, will be an asset to SoWashCo Online. Previously, he served as coordinator for a digital learning academy in Mahtomedi Public Schools. He brings a strong background in programming for virtual instruction, facilitating academic growth in a non-traditional learning environment and developing new educational programs.  

Mr. Falde understands the importance of building strong relationships and establishing a community based on collaboration with staff and families. He looks forward to helping SoWashCo Schools lay the foundation for a new, districtwide online learning school.

Mr. Falde has excellent academic qualifications with a Master of Arts in differentiated instruction from Concordia University. 

Principal Falde will work in partnership with our SoWashCo Online steering committee to help establish our new school. SoWashCo Online will provide part-time (for grades 9-12) and full-time (for grades K-5 and 9-12) online education starting in the fall of 2022. 

More details about SoWashCo Online will be shared in the near future. If you have any immediate questions, please reach out to Principal Falde at


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Julie Nielsen