Meet the Principals
Jason Germundson, Principal
Thank you for visiting our website. I want to share with you my background and some of the reasons why I am so fortunate to be here at Williston High School. I have been a lifelong resident of North Dakota and have been blessed to find that my great purpose is right here in Williston.
My educational teaching career began as a History teacher in Langdon, ND grades 7th through 12th. After teaching there for a few years, I moved to Surrey, ND, and taught history grades 7-12. It was during that time that I had the honor to be chosen as a Golden Apple recipient. During my time as a classroom teacher, I found that I had a growing desire to help all students succeed not only in academics, but also in all areas of their lives. I felt a calling to move into educational administration. After completing my Masters at University of Mary, I jumped in with both feet and accepted the position of High School Principal for Whitesheild HS in Whiteshield, ND. I enjoyed my time at Whiteshield High School but Williston has always been near and dear to me and so we moved back home to Williston. It was here at Williston High School that I headed down a new path accepting the position of Assistant Principal of Williston High School. After 10 years as Assistant Principal, I accepted a new position at the school and became the Principal of WHS. I have cherished every moment that I am able to spend with our students, parents and staff.
As Principal, I have devoted much of my time and effort to finding new ways to improve student success. Knowing all too well the kinds of social, emotional, and educational obstacles that our students may encounter in their lives continue to motivate me with renewed energy to match their dedication and perseverance. We strive to build a strong foundation with our students, parents, and community. I adopted our current school mantra when I became Principal of this amazing school: Coyotes, go make a difference!
I believe in our students and staff and know without a doubt that we will continue to support, teach, and guide our students in order to give them the tools they will need to be successful in every avenue of their lives.
Jonathan Abuhl, Assistant Principal
Jonathan Abuhl graduated from Ferris State College in Big Rapids, MI with his first degree; an Associate’s degree in Heavy Equipment Technology. That is a different way of saying diesel mechanics. He worked part time as a mechanic as he continued his education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI in 1987. He graduated with a double major in German and Psychology.
While working as a carpenter flipping houses, he studied Russian and Linguistics for a year. Michigan State University was his next destination for higher education. He graduated with a Masters in Linguistics and taught German at Michigan State for 3 years. During this time he met the most awesome woman in the world and somehow convinced her to become his wife. He worked as a carpenter as she finished her teaching certificate. When she was done, he went back to get his teaching certificate so that he could teach high school German. After teaching German in the high school arena for 20 years, he decided that he needed to go back to school and get a Masters in Educational Leadership in 2015. Two years after this degree an Assistant Principal position opened in Williston. He was led to apply and was offered the position.
Laura and I have three spectacular children. Two of them are at NDSU. One is a proud NDSU graduate. Go Bison! I thoroughly enjoy my position as Assistant Principal. It’s as if the job was just waiting for me. My years as a German teacher prepared me for the adventures that I face daily. I am also very fortunate to be working with two stellar colleagues, Mr. Germundson and Mrs. Larson, who teach me every day and are great partners in this world of administration.
Fun fact: I had a traumatic brain injury when I was 18 and was not expected to live. AHA, that explains a lot!