Talicska takes over as new principal at Mecosta Elementary

NEW IN SCHOOL: Kyle Talicska, the new principal of Mecosta Elementary, stands beside a sign welcoming him to the building. Talicska has eight years of teaching under his belt, and prior to accepting the position, he and his wife, Jill, both taught in Clio. (Pioneer photo/Emily Grove-Davis)

NEW IN SCHOOL: Kyle Talicska, the new principal of Mecosta Elementary, stands beside a sign welcoming him to the building. Talicska has eight years of teaching under his belt, and prior to accepting the position, he and his wife, Jill, both taught in Clio. (Pioneer photo/Emily Grove-Davis)

MECOSTA — A new job, a newborn son and a move have kept life pretty busy and interesting for Kyle Talicska and his family – and that’s all within a few short weeks.

On Nov. 2, Talicska started his new position as principal for Mecosta Elementary. Talicska jumped right in, not wasting a second to immerse himself in the school he’s now in charge of leading.

“I’ve visited every classroom and read to students, I’ve been on the playground and in the cafeteria, just doing all I can to learn the ropes,” he said. “It’s a unique situation to start as a principal after the school year has already begun. In some ways, it’s been nice because classrooms are full and students are full of energy, as opposed to the empty shell it would be if I started in the summer.”

Talicska has eight years of teaching under his belt, and prior to accepting the position, he and his wife, Jill, both taught in Clio. While Talicska is originally from Auburn, Jill grew up in Morley and is excited to be back in the area.

“I pursued my master’s degree in educational leadership, but we had a rule a job could not have us moving further away from family; however, this move brought Jill back home, which is nice,” Talicska said.

The decision to go from teaching to working as a school administrator was fueled by Talicska’s desire to have a positive effect on as many children as possible.

“I love having an impact on kids, but I wanted the chance to make a larger impact,” he explained. “In a classroom you can influence students, but you only are working with 20 to 30 each year. As a principal you can have the effect on 300 students daily.”

In his first week, Talicska has felt nothing but encouragement, receiving warm wishes from the community, as well as his co-workers.

“The staff here and throughout Chippewa Hills School District have been very welcoming and I can really feel the family dynamic the district has by the way everyone here opens their arms to someone new and allows them to become part of that family,” he said.

Talicska does not yet know what changes are ahead for the school now under his direction. He knows there will be adjustments, but those are yet to be determined, will be discussed with staff first and will be in the best interest of the students.

As principal, Talicska has a variety of goals and hopes for what Mecosta Elementary will be.

“I want Mecosta Elementary to be an inviting place for the community, where kids are safe and quality education happens every day,” Talicska said. “A place where we are a leader in education, but just as important, we are helping cultivate quality human beings as students grow and mature.”

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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