Meet Our School Administrators

  • Principal Nick Lilyquist 

    Mr. Lilyquist

    Nick is entering his 11th year as Principal at Canfield Middle School. Mr. Lilyquist was previously the Assistant Principal at CMS for three years. He came to Canfield after eight years as a 7th grade math instructor at Woodland Middle School. He was also the Assistant Principal at Ramsey Elementary for one year. This marks his 22nd year in education.
    Mr. Lilyqusit is married to a teacher in the Coeur d'Alene School District. Nick has a 10th grade daughter and 5th grade son in the CDA School District. Mr. Lilyquist and his family are North Idaho natives and love this community. He enjoys mountain biking, skiing, cross country skiiing, snowmobiling, and spending time with friends and family.
    Mr. Lilyquist loves being the principal at CMS. He enjoys the students, staff, and parents. His goal is for all of our students to work hard, have fun, and be nice. He wants all students to grow to their full potential both academically and emotionally.
    University of Idaho, Bachelor of Science in Education
    University of Idaho, Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Assistant Principal Thomas Staples

    Thomas Staples


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    Welcome to Canfield! I am privileged to serve you in the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director roles at Canfield Middle School. I hope you stayed healthy and had some time to rejeuvenate. 

    I am looking forward to getting this new year under way. I miss having our students in the building and can't wait to see those smiling eyes ;) Our team is working hard to make sure that this year is a quality, safe experience. Thank you for entrusting us with our community’s greatest gifts (our kids)! 

    Please keep the lines of communication open as we work together to support our students this year. 

    Best regards,

    Thomas Staples