Mike Broos started his college career at St. Mary’s in Winona as a business major. One of his best friends was an education major and recommended that Broos try an education class.
Broos, a new assistant principal at Northdale Middle School (NMS), got hooked on education and switched his major to history with a minor in teaching.
Unfortunately Broos graduated at a tough time to find a teaching job. He worked at St. Mary’s for a few years as a hall director, admissions counselor and softball coach before landing a job teaching social studies in Cottage Grove where he grew up.
Broos split his time at Park High School and Oltman Junior High. A soccer player in high school and college, Broos also coached boys’ soccer and girls’ softball.
“I got lucky to get a job, but it was really weird being back at my old high school,” Broos said.
“I was a good student so that wasn’t an issue, but I just couldn’t call my former teachers by their first names. It weird getting to know them personally and having them as my peers.”
Though at times it may have felt like an odd situation personally, professionally it was a good experience for Broos.
He said his former teachers helped him with a smooth transition into teaching, shared materials with him and encouraged him to take classes.
After leaving Cottage Grove, Broos began his career with the Anoka-Hennepin School District at Coon Rapids High School, teaching social studies and special education, and coaching cross country running and girls’ softball.
In 2001, Broos, who had earned a graduate degree in athletic administration from the University of St. Thomas, did his administrative license work at St. Mary’s.
Broos held administrative positions at Jackson, Coon Rapids and Roosevelt middle schools before becoming an assistant principal at Blaine High School in 2003.
Broos likes working in administration because every day is completely different and there are so many things to learn and do.
He will keep busy in his new role at NMS doing scheduling and learning about the different programs the school offers to help students succeed.
Because NMS is a feeder school to BHS, he looks forward to working with some of the same families he has worked with before and seeing familiar faces.
NMS is familiar to him in another way.
“In 1989, I was an assistant coach for seventh- and eighth-grade softball,” Broos said.
“Wearing the Viking colors was always fun; I appreciate the opportunity to be at Northdale again. I’m excited and really looking forward to working here.”