Council Bluffs Community School District will shuffle building administrators around again for the 2019-20 school year.
There will be leadership changes at seven of the district’s schools, Superintendent Vickie Murillo has announced.
Current Wilson Middle School Principal Kim Kazmierczak will serve as the new principal at Bloomer Elementary School, according to a press release from the school district. She will replace current principal Devon Watson, who will fill the new position of assistant principal at Carter Lake Elementary.
Kazmierczak spent most of her 26 years in the district at the elementary leadership level before joining the Wilson team in 2012. She was seeking an opportunity to return to the elementary level and will use her skills and experience to serve the Bloomer community and advance student achievement.
Current Edison Elementary School Principal Mike Naughton will be the new principal at Wilson Middle School, the press release stated. He has been with the Council Bluffs Schools since 2000, has taught at the elementary and middle school levels and served as the Wilson assistant principal from 2013-2015 before becoming the principal at Edison. He holds a master’s in educational administration and supervision from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Current Crescent Elementary School Principal Janine Crain will be the new principal at Edison, replacing Naughton. Crain was hired in 2004 as a teacher at Rue Elementary. In 2014, she became a mentor teacher as part of the district’s Teacher Leadership Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from College of St. Mary and master’s degrees from Peru State College in curriculum and instruction and from Doane University in educational leadership.
Mariah Schroder has been selected to be the principal at Crescent Elementary, according to the press release. She has served as the instructional math coach at Longfellow Elementary for the past five years. Since 2006, she also taught at Wilson and Franklin Elementary School and was a summer school site supervisor. She earned her bachelor’s’ degree from the University of Iowa and holds master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction as well as in educational leadership from Doane.
Current Wilson Middle School assistant principal Dustin Deterding will be the activities director/assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson High School, replacing Eric Sagert, who resigned to take a position in another school district. Deterding joined the Council Bluffs Schools last year. He holds a bachelor’s from Chadron State College with endorsements in health and physical education and coaching and a master’s in K-12 educational administration. He has coached high school football and track and field.
Zach Pope will be the new assistant principal at Wilson, replacing Deterding, the press release stated. Pope has served as lead teacher in the district’s secondary summer school program and has taught high school special education at T.J. for the past four years. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and holds a master’s in educational administration from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, with a 7-12 principal endorsement and a master’s in special education from Morningside College.
As part of a reorganization of the school district’s special education department, current T.J. assistant principal Tanya Windham will be the principal for Children’s Square USA and Heartland Therapeutic School, replacing Chad Bartlett, who will become the new assistant director of special education. Windham has been at T.J. since 2013.
Cole Albright will join the school district as assistant principal at T.J., replacing Windham, the school district announced. Albright currently serves in the dual role of principal intern and English-language arts teacher at Saydel High School in Des Moines. He earned a bachelor’s in secondary English teaching from Morningside and a master’s in secondary education administration from the University of South Dakota.
Rene Molina will join the district as the principal at Longfellow Elementary School, replacing Garry Milbourn, who was appointed executive director of human resources in January. Retired Principal Joy Stein has filled the role of interim principal since then. Molina is currently the principal of Ruth Fisher Elementary School in the Saddle Mountain Unified School District in Tonopah, Arizona. Prior to that, he worked as a classroom teacher and representative with AdvancED, a nonprofit organization that conducts on-site external reviews of PreK-12 institutions to ensure continuous improvement. He holds a master’s in educational leadership from Northern Arizona and a bachelor’s in secondary education from Ottawa University in Phoenix.