Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Members,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Maquoketa Valley. We ended the last school year in a very unusual way and this fall looks like it is going to be interesting as well. I am very honored to be your Superintendent of the Maquoketa Valley and North Linn School Districts. Maquoketa Valley is doing amazing work and I plan to spend time learning about the district by meeting and talking to staff and community members. I am excited to work with others to continue to build upon the great things that are taking place for our students.
I would like to share a little about myself. I grew up in Dyersville and attended Western Dubuque High School. After college, I taught 9 years in Dubuque and then took a math position at Western Dubuque in 1998. I taught for 6 more years and then became an administrator at WD for 12 years before becoming a Superintendent in Montezuma. I was there for 3 years before moving back to the area to be your Superintendent at Maquoketa Valley. My wife, Jane and I have 3 adult children. My 2 daughters live in San Diego and my son lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. We do not yet have any grandchildren but hope that changes soon. The kids all live in great areas but Jane and I hope they make their way back to the midwest so we can see them more often.
As I mentioned above, this promises to be a very interesting fall for school districts across Iowa and the nation. Our goal at Maquoketa Valley is to have the students and staff in the building every day because we believe that gives up the best opportunity to educate our students. Due to the COVID virus, that may or may not be a reality. We continue to have conversations with our county and state health officials, the Department of Education, and our Area Education Agency to discuss how to safely educate our students. With information constantly changing we want to wait as long as possible before finalizing our plan for the fall. We will be sharing additional information with you as soon as possible.
My motivation comes from trying to continually improve our schools to provide as many opportunities as possible and meeting the needs of all of our students. There is very strong community support for our school and that is tremendously important. My goal is to learn as much as possible about the district and then find ways to constantly improve. I am very excited to be the superintendent of both Maquoketa Valley and North Linn and I am motivated to stay in this position for many years. I look forward to meeting staff and community members so please stop and introduce yourself.
Finally, I would like to thank Doug Tuetken for his many years of service at MV. He has been an important part of the success of this school district and has been very helpful to me during my transition into this role. I wish Doug all the best in his retirement.