Interviews with GFPS superintendent finalists begin next week

The Board of Trustees of Great Falls Public Schools announced Monday the process for selecting the new superintendent from three finalists.

A meet and greet community forum is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Paris Gibson Education Center.

The candidates will have an opportunity to meet with various groups before the Great Falls Board of Trustees conducts interviews of the finalists on Jan. 15 beginning at 4 p.m. in the Aspen Conference Room at the district office building.

The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 to deliberate and will likely take action on their selection from superintendent.

Tammy Lacey is retiring at the end of this school year.

Further details can be found on the GFPS website.

The three candidates chosen as finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Jon Konen – Since 2007, Konen has been employed by GFPS as the K-6 principal, instructional coach and 5th grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary. He has previously served as the K-12 principal and athletic director with Power Public Schools and as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in Somers Public Schools. Konen has a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Montana State University. He obtained his Montana Superintendent Endorsement in 2016 from the University of Montana.

Thomas Moore – Moore is currently serving as the GFPS assistant superintendent 7-12 and has held this position since 2007. Previously, he held the positions of middle school assistant principal, middle school principal and elementary principal with West Valley School District in Spokane, Washington, and teaching positions with the Coeur d’Alene Public Schools, Lakeland Public Schools, and North Idaho Christian High School in Idaho. Moore has a master’s degree in education and administration from the University of Idaho and a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management/biology from the University of Wisconsin. Moore obtained his Superintendent Certification from Gonzaga University.

Gregory Nyen – Nyen is currently serving as the Superintendent of Schools for the School District of Waupaca in Wisconsin and has held that position since 2016. Nyen also serves as an adjunct professor with the University of Wisconsin.

Nyen previously held the following positions in Wisconsin: assistant superintendent of pupil services for Stevens Point Area Public School District; director of pupil services for the School District of Phillips; and school psychologist for the School District of Holmen.

Nyen has a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire); a master’s degree in school psychology from the University of Wisconsin (Stout); and an administrator’s license from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Nyen obtained his education specialist degree in educational leadership from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin; and his Doctor of Education in educational leadership and policy from the University of Wisconsin (Oshkosh).