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Nick Karn

Greetings Mitchell High School students, families, community, and alumni! 

My family and I are honored to become a part of a great school community that has a time-honored tradition of success and pride. I came to Colorado Springs in 2013 from Lincoln, Nebraska, and began my career at Harrison School District 2. I taught social studies and AVID, coached many sports, and became an administrator in 2019. 

My core values revolve around excellence, family, integrity, and service. One thing that I can always promise you is that I will work my hardest to ensure our scholar-athletes receive a top-notch high school experience where they are valued, challenged, and inspired to be the best they can be. When we hire coaches, program directors, and club sponsors, we look for these same qualities to ensure our scholar-athletes are receiving a similar message throughout the entire school. This is where culture-building becomes a key aspect. Here is how we are going to build a successful culture here at Mitchell: 





It all starts with our people. It’s holistically: academically, athletically, artistically, and social-emotionally. It’s our job to develop our scholar-athletes into people of character and prepare them for their college and/or career success. 

That is why I am here. I’m not here just for sports, I love academics, music, drama, JROTC, etc. Again, it is about the WHOLE student and you will hear us as a program say that frequently.


We have a grand vision for this place. We wouldn’t have come here if the vision wasn’t exactly what we envision Mithcell to become one day.

We also want to bring in coaches and staff members who WANT to see that happen, who BELIEVE it can happen.

We want to know why we CAN do it.  And how CAN we do it? Yes, that’s the harder way to look at it because that’s the longer road, the hard-right versus the easy wrong, and the tougher journey.  But that’s what we are about.

The people who want to make an extraordinary difference, that’s what we want in our culture.


People who know who they are, what they want to do, where they want to go, how they want to do it, and when they want to do it. Those are the people that fit. And they LOVE to work.

Mature people, when doing what you HAVE to do becomes doing what you WANT to do, we want mature people who love the process. Because this is not going to be easy and that is fine with us.  


We want people who look at results as not just data.  We want our scholar-athletes to say, yeah we won, so what.  Let’s come back in here and realize how we played and ask ourselves: How can we grow and get better?


And the last R is the response.  We want people with incredible responses.  No matter what happens in life, we respond in a solution-oriented and calm way. We lead by example and show our scholar-athletes how to respond in times of crisis.

It is going to take all of us as a community to build this culture and give our scholar-athletes a sense of pride and commitment in our programs. I look forward to building relationships with all of you and I cannot wait to see the great work our students and staff are going to do! 



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