Nicole Carter, Principal
Nicole Carter has 20 years of experience in education. She served as a classroom teacher for eight years teaching Civics/Economics and AP U.S. Government and Politics prior to transitioning into administration. She loved her classroom experience, yet was passionate about making a profound impact regarding curriculum, instruction, school culture and climate for the entire school, therefore she became a Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and now thoroughly enjoys her role as Principal of Novi High School. Ms. Carter is living out of the legacy of her grandparents and parents who were all influential educators. Her drive comes from her commitment to providing the best quality education for all students at Novi High School and beyond. Her tenacious work ethic and relentless follow through has left an indelible mark on Novi Community School District.
Ms. Carter holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and English from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University and an Educational Leadership Degree from Oakland University.
Ms. Carter is an active lead learner of her building and she leads by example on a daily basis. During her career she has been named a Diversity Champion, earned the Michigan Lottery African American educator of the year award, and has been recognized for excellence from the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence in 2017. She also serves as the President of the Kensington Lakes Activities Association and was appointed to serve as a Representative Council member of the Michigan High School Athletics Association in 2019.
Ms. Carter attributes her leadership success to her ability to advocate, effectively communicate and maintain a laser-like focus on student achievement and the professional development of her staff.
She wholeheartedly believes that her ability to blaze the leadership trail in Novi stems from the unwavering support of her husband and two children. Her greatest passion is to ignite curiosity in students and empower her faculty to take risks, ask questions and go above the status quo.
Ronald Kane, Assistant Principal for students with last names Hb-O.
Ron Kane has been an educator for 17 years. Ron graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University and earned a Master in Educational Leadership from Madonna University. Ron began teaching social studies at Algonac High School and then Novi School. Ron has taught U.S. History, Civics, Economics, and Sociology. While teaching at Novi, Ron also coached varsity football and junior varsity wrestling. After teaching, Ron moved into administration at Berkley High School, serving as the district’s athletic director for one year and six years as assistant principal. Ron then returned to Novi as assistant principal in 2018. Ron is a proud graduate of Novi High School and enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Melissa Jordan, Assistant Principal for students with last names P-Z.
Dr. Jordan is an educator that loves to inspire and encourage students. She has been in education for 15 years. Dr. Jordan started her career as a High School Counselor in Grand Rapids Public Schools in 2004. She continued her counseling career in the Gwinnett County Public School system, and that is where she decided to pursue her doctorate and move into administration. She considers it a privilege to have been an Assistant Principal at Mumford High School in Detroit , Okemos High School in Okemos, and now she proudly serves as Assistant Principal at Novi High School in the Novi Community School District.
She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University, Master of Arts in Counseling from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Johnson C. Smith University.
Dr. Jordan is grateful to work alongside amazing educators whose focus is to help every student achieve and ignite their personal genius.
Angie Southworth, Dean of Students
Angie Southworth has been a part of the Novi Community School District since 2006 and is joining the High School family in the role of Dean of Students. She is coming from Novi Middle School, where she served as the Dean of Students for two years and taught in the world language department for 13 years. Ms. Southworth earned her BA in French from Michigan State University and pursued a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Madonna University. She completed her Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Oakland University in 2016. Ms. Southworth is a proud Novi graduate herself and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Don Watchowski has 17 years experience in public education. He is a proud graduate of Michigan State University with a major in Kinesiology, a minor in Health, and a Michigan Teaching Certificate in both secondary and elementary education. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Watchowski competed as a varsity student-athlete in the sport of baseball. He completed his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership/Principalship from MSU in May 2009. In addition, he recently earned his CMAA (Certified Master Athletic Administrator) certification through the NIAAA (National Interscholastic Athletics Administrators Association).
Prior to joining the Novi team, Mr. Watchowski served as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Royal Oak High School for five years, at Brandon High School for five years, and at Richmond High School for one year. Before entering into school administration, Mr. Watchowski enjoyed six years in the classroom teaching secondary and elementary physical education and health. During his time as a teacher, he also pursued his passion of coaching, highlighted by five years as the head varsity baseball coach at Birmingham Seaholm and three years as the head JV boys basketball coach at Royal Oak Kimball.
He has a motto that is the foundation for his stance on success, both within an educational setting and life in general: “Work Hard, Work Smart, and Work Together.” Mr. Watchowski takes great pride in being a Wildcat and is thankful everyday for the opportunity to work with our outstanding staff, students, families, and community. Let’s continue to build and improve TOGETHER. Nothing great has ever been accomplished without enthusiasm….GO CATS!