Nyberg says it’s time to retireAfter 34 years with the Lake Superior School District, Two Harbors High School Principal Bob Nyberg will see his day of retirement June 30 after serving as a principal, teacher and coach in the district.
After 34 years with the Lake Superior School District, Two Harbors High School Principal Bob Nyberg will see his day of retirement June 30 after serving as a principal, teacher and coach in the district.
“The time is right,” he said. “People say you know when you are ready.”
While most of his time has been in Two Harbors, he did have one-year stints in Silver Bay and Clover Valley. He is also a Two Harbors High School graduate from 1967.
“I am very fortunate to experience so many different levels of education,” Nyberg said. “It made me better at each step.”
“I give anybody credit for spending their entire career in one place,” said Phil Minkkinen, Lake Superior School District superintendent. “It takes a lot of courage.”
Scott Ross, a teacher and activities director in Two Harbors, has worked with Nyberg for 20 years. He called him fair and consistent. “I think he’s done a great job here,” Ross said. “He’s always taken a common-sense approach to things.”
Ross said his interactions with students made an impression. “He was very visible in the school,” he said. “He certainly was very approachable.”
Nyberg said his most memorable moments included helping in developing the new high school.
He also said making a connection with troubled students was the most rewarding work he did with students.
“The path is not the same for everyone coming through high school,” he said. “The biggest thrill or satisfaction was with the ones with the most struggles [and then seeing them graduate].”
“Things that have been most difficult are the never-ending financial constraints,” he said
Nyberg served as an assistant principal, a position that deals with discipline. “It’s not fun,” he said. “Nothing makes us feel better than when we resolve a situation.”
Nyberg looks back at his career and smiles. “I’m an Agate through and through,” he said. “[I have] been blessed to serve and work in this community and give back to the community I grew up in. I always wanted to be a teacher and coach.”
Brett Archer, the dean of students at Two Harbors High School, will replace Nyberg. The soon-to-be retiree offers this advice: “Be true to yourself.”
Nyberg plans on doing a lot of golfing and some volunteering.