Two associate high school principals will assume the top jobs at Lincoln High School and Southwest High, Lincoln Public Schools officials announced Tuesday.

Mike Gillotti, 34, now an associate principal at Lincoln North Star High School, will become Southwest High School’s newest principal, replacing retiring Hugh McDermott.

Associate Lincoln High School Principal Mark Larson will become the school’s newest principal, replacing Mike Wortman, who also is retiring.

Gillotti, who graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, has spent his professional career at North Star.

He began teaching social studies courses there in 2005. In 2009, he was promoted to instructional coordinator at North Star and in 2012 to associate principal.

As associate principal, his responsibilities included scheduling, some teacher appraisal, student behavior and discipline, administering the after-school Community Learning Center program and keeping records of dual-credit courses.

Born in Leigh, he attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk before transferring to UNL. He earned his master’s degree in teaching American history from Nebraska Wesleyan in 2010 and a master’s in education administration from UNL in 2012.

He and his wife, Brooke, have two children, Luciana, 2, and Zoey, 5 months.

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Larson, 31, has spent most of his professional career at Lincoln High, though he spent the spring semester of 2007 as a special education reading teacher at Southeast.

He moved to Lincoln High School the second semester of 2007 and was a reading teacher there until 2011. He also coached teachers in reading from 2010 to 2012 and co-chaired the school improvement committee. In 2011, he was promoted to associate principal.

His responsibilities have included working to improve reading instruction, implementing tardy sweeps that reduced tardies by more than 20 percent in two years, leading the school safety team and working on procedures to help struggling students and English Language Learners.

He also developed a relationship with El Centro De Las Americas to start a Latino Student Leadership group and provide Spanish classes to staff.

He was Lincoln High's head JV boys basketball coach from 2008 to 2012.

He graduated from high school in Holdrege, earned his bachelor’s in education in 2006 from Nebraska Wesleyan University and his master’s in educational leadership from Doane College in 2011.

He and his wife, Ashley, have two children, Lily, 5, and Sam, 3.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7226 or mreist@journalstar.com.


Education reporter

Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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