I am honored and excited to have this opportunity to be part of the Belmond-Klemme school system. I recognize the strong sense of community that is held throughout Rowan, Goodell, Klemme, and Belmond, and I understand the important role the school plays in the community. It is very apparent it is a great source of pride and pleasure.
I was born in Guthrie Center, Iowa, the son of two teachers, and I grew up in Harlan, Iowa. I attended Morningside College in Sioux City. After graduation, I took my first job as an English teacher at Lewis Central in Council Bluffs and earned my masters degree in school administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I later crossed the river and taught several years in Millard Schools in suburban West Omaha. It was in Millard I first became a school administrator.
I went on to earn my specialist degree at Drake University and my doctorate at the University of Nebraska. I have a number of years of service as a school superintendent in two states and on a U.S. Army base overseas. Most of my career is in Iowa, so I am most happy to return to my home state.
My family and I join the Belmond-Klemme district having lived in some other places, so we appreciate the feelings of pride and community present here. My wife Deanna is a reservist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She often reports to areas of national emergencies and assists with FEMA relief efforts.
The Belmond-Klemme school board, staff, and community are to be congratulated on their decision to become a one-to-one school, providing a digital device to every student, 5 - 12. Our world is changing. If Iowa schools are to remain competitive on an international level, we need to offer a 21st Century curriculum, and we need to provide digital learning tools to fuel more powerful and purposeful instruction.
Over the next few months, I will be working hard to get into the community, introduce myself, and learn about the people of the Belmond-Klemme school district. I welcome you sharing your thoughts, ideas, and concerns for how we can improve our school system. Many of the most successful schools enjoy a fully-engaged community, so I welcome your participation in our efforts.