Good Morning STC Staff,
It is with mixed emotions that I announce I have accepted the position of Superintendent for the Waterloo Community School District. This new position will begin on July 1st, 2022.
The decision to leave South Tama County was not easy. When the Waterloo position became available, I debated whether or not to apply for a long time. We have made some incredible progress at STC these past four years. I truly believe that we have become a “destination district” for employees and families thanks to the family atmosphere we have established. Walking away from what we have started is very difficult!
Even more difficult is walking away from the relationships I have built with all of you. We have spent a lot of time together, and I now know many of you on a personal level. While it has been great helping you grow personally and professionally … I cannot put into words much you have helped me grow personally and professionally!
As you are probably aware, Waterloo is where I spent most of my childhood, graduated high school, and worked as an assistant principal. Similar to many homegrown STC employees, there is something special about having the opportunity to give back to one’s hometown. Furthermore - as I approach 40 years old - I realize how much I am driven to positively impact the lives of others. Waterloo gives me an opportunity to do what I love on a broader scale.
While most staff will understand my perspective, some people may question my decision to leave. I want to assure you that I have no ill will towards the district, nor was there any fallout or “drama” that led to me applying elsewhere. In fact, this was the only position I applied for despite being contacted about several other superintendent openings.
I will never forget my time at STC. Consider the “once-in-a-lifetime” events we have experienced together: a polar vortex, a middle school fire, a derecho, and Covid-19. We have been through a lifetime of adversity in a few short years! However, I could not be more proud of the resilience and optimism that our staff showed during these difficult times.
More than the tough times, I will always remember the fun moments we shared. Whether it was Denise Danker winning the inaugural Rock Paper Scissors Tournament, Heather Wanatee being named the Chili-Cook Off Champion, George “Clooney” Kuhter sending one of his hilarious emails, or Pat McCoy taking out her aggression on a donkey piñata, we have learned that it’s okay to have a little fun at work :)
As we finish the school year, I will do everything possible to prepare our district for future success. This will include pushing forward with district goals and initiatives, assisting with the transition of the new superintendent, and advocating for a new middle school.
Thank you for your understanding of my decision. Please know that South Tama County will always have a special place in my heart.
As we always say: Once a Trojan … Always a Trojan!!