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Four new adminstrators are poised and ready to take the helm at their respective schools within the next year.
But who are these individuals who will be leading our schools?
In an effort to help you get to know the new faces among the school district's administrative team, we got a chance to ask a few questions to the new leaders of , Ankeny Centennial High School, Prairie Trail Elementary School and .
Each day this week, we profiled one of the building principals who will start their new roles within the district on July 1. Here's your second chance to get to know Jen Lindaman, .
Family: Husband, Cade, and sons, Dirk, (21), who is attending Central College, and Drew, (18), a senior at AHS.
Where/When Did You Graduate From College? What Degree?
University of Northern Iowa, 1989, bachelor of science in mathematics and computer science; University of Northern Iowa, 1997, master of arts in educational administration; Drake University, 2003, Ed. D. in educational leadership.
Where Have You Taught Previously and What Were Your Roles at Each School?
I was a 7-12 math and computer science teacher at North Tama Community Schools in Traer from 1989-1997, an associate principal at Ankeny High School from 1997-2008, and the executive director of secondary education for ACSD from 2008-2012.
Name a Teacher That Most Influenced You. Why?
I have been fortunate to have had numerous outstanding teachers in my educational life. From elementary school to graduate school, I have experienced teachers who cared deeply about me as a learner and who challenged me to think, grow and learn at high levels.
If I had to name one, I would have to say the Dr. David Else, a professor in the educational leadership program at the University of Northern Iowa influenced me greatly throughout my leadership studies. Dr. Else was an incredible teacher who was purposeful and intentional in teaching of future administrators, and who inspired and mentored me to become a school administrator.
What is Your Educational Philosophy?
I firmly believe that all students can learn at high levels and that it is our educational responsibility to foster the growth in every learner so that they can reach their fullest potential. I have high expectations for both students and staff and believe that learning is at the very core of both teacher work and student work. Every step in the learning process requires committed, caring teachers, who know the learning needs of their students, and who purposely plan instruction that ensures every student is growing in their learning. As the leader in the building, while it is certainly important that the principal manages the daily functions of the building efficiently and effectively, it is essential that the principal develop a culture where the fundamental purpose and single focus of all staff is student learning.
What Will You Try to Bring to Your New Role?
I believe I bring both passion for and commitment to ensuring Ankeny Centennial students achieve at high levels. As we work together to bring Ankeny Centennial to life, I will bring a background and history of having served 11 years as a leader at Ankeny High School, and at the same time I will embrace new ideas, experiences, and opportunities that will distinguish Ankeny Centennial High School’s unique history and traditions.
What Do You Enjoy Most About Being a Part of Ankeny Schools?
I love working in a community that believes strongly in education. We have outstanding students, highly-engaged parents, and a deeply supportive community. The birth of Ankeny Centennial High School is an illustration of how deeply this community supports its students. Many communities struggle to prioritize student needs over adult needs, but not Ankeny. Even when the decision is difficult and perhaps even painful, we do what is right for our students. This, in my opinion, is what unites us as a community.
Did you like this story? Come back each day this week to learn more about our new district administrators:
- Tuesday: Jeff Hawkins, new principal of Ankeny High School.
- Thursday: Pam Dodge, new principal of Prairie Trail Elementary School, scheduled to open in August 2012.
- Friday: Amy Dittmar, new principal of Westwood Elementary School.