Ekstrand Elementary Principal
University of Iowa
Masters: Educational Leadership K-12
Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education
Central DeWitt Community School District
Ekstrand Elementary Principal July 2017 – present
K-6 Assistant Principal July 2015-June 2017
6th Grade Teacher 2012-2015
Lone Tree CSD
6-8 Grade Teacher 2005-2012
I am excited to begin my first year as the Principal of Ekstrand Elementary this upcoming school year. Prior to being named principal of Ekstrand I had the fortunate pleasure of serving in various capacities in this district. I have served as a sixth grade teacher for three years and an assistant principal the past two years at CDIS and Ekstrand. My previous experience in education was at Lone Tree where I served as a teacher and coach for six years.
My family and I have come to love everything about the school and community here in DeWitt! I have been married to my wife Katie for ten years and we have three children that will all be students here at Ekstrand next school year. Melanie (8) will be going into third grade and enjoys reading, gymnastics, and spending time her grandma and grandpa. Jack (6) will be going into first grade and spends time outside playing sports, riding his bike, and jumping on the trampoline. Raya (4) will be going into pre-school and loves playing with her American Girl dolls, barbies, and being silly with her older brother and sister.
This upcoming school year I am excited to build on the many great things that have been established here at Ekstrand. Our building has a very dedicated staff that is student-centered and puts countless hours in to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of the students that enter their classrooms. They have demonstrated a relentless pursuit to serve the needs of our students here and work diligently to establish positive relationships that have resulted in a very positive school culture. I am anxious to work alongside them as we move throughout the 2017-2018 school year to deliver a top notch educational experience for all our students.
I am anxious to get the 2017-2018 school year underway, and I look forward to working with students, teachers, and parents to make it a success!