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New Roles for Leaders in Education

There will be familiar faces in new positions at the West Des Moines Community Schools this upcoming school year as several principals and administrators take on new roles.

 

Tim Miller HeadshotTim Miller to Be New Valley High School Principal

Tim Miller will be the new principal of Valley High School.

“Tim is an extraordinary leader,” Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy said. “He is well respected, knowledgeable and a proven leader.  I am very excited to have him serve as the next principal of Valley High School.”

Miller previously served as principal of Stilwell Junior High in the West Des Moines Community School District and has served in this role since July 1999. He began his career in education 1976 as a special education teacher at Cedar Rapids Prairie Junior High. He taught special education at Waterloo Columbus High School from 1978-1983, at Waterloo East High School from 1983-1986 and Des Moines Lincoln High School from 1986-1992. He served as vice principal of Des Moines Brody Middle School from 1998-1999. He has also been a head varsity coach in baseball and football and served as athletic director at Des Moines Lincoln High School.

While at West Des Moines Community Schools, Miller has been part of several key and sustaining initiatives. He was involved in the development of the district’s Essentials of Effective Instruction (EEI), which provides teachers a framework for effective instructional practices. In addition, he has been involved in the district’s professional development committee.

Miller received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Luther College, his master’s degree in special education from the University of Iowa and his secondary school administrator certification from Drake University.

Previous Valley High School Principal Jim Mollison announced his resignation on April 24 to pursue a career opportunity in real estate.

 

BoyleE_1Eric Boyle to be Stilwell Junior High Principal

Eric Boyle will serve as Stilwell Junior High.

Boyle previously served as as assistant principal and activities director at Stilwell. He began his career in 1999 as a special education teacher at Valley Southwoods and then transitioned to Valley High School as a special needs teacher. In 2008, he became a behavior interventionist at Valley. In 2011, he served as associate principal/team leader at Valley Southwoods, a position he held until coming to Stilwell in July 2013.

He received his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s degree in education from Drake University.

During his career in the West Des Moines Community Schools, Boyle has served on several district committees. He has served on the district Board policy committee and the bullying prevention committee. He participated in negotiations with West Des Moines Educational Support Personnel and serves on the DINA transition committees and the special education delivery service committee.

 

piercebPierce to be Fairmeadows Principal

Brandon Pierce will be the next principal of Fairmeadows Elementary.

Pierce previously served as the principal of Clive Elementary in the West Des Moines Community School District and has served in this role since 2006.

He began his career in education in 2000 teaching fourth and fifth grades at Howe Elementary in Des Moines. While at Howe, he also served as assessment specialist and literacy leader. In 2003, he became assistant principal of Howe. In 2004, he was assistant principal at Pleasant Hill Elementary. He joined the West Des Moines Community School District in 2005, serving as assistant principal at both Westridge Elementary and Jordan Creek Elementary. While in the district, Pierce has also been involved in the district’s Teacher Quality, Professional Development, Preschool Advisory, Professional Development Advisory and School Community Network committees.

Pierce received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Iowa and his master’s degree in educational administration from Iowa State University.

 

boydaDrea Bocook to Serve as Principal of Clive Elementary

Drea Bocook will be the next principal of Clive Elementary.

Bocook has served in the WDMCS as the principal of Phenix Elementary since 2007 and Phenix/Hillside Elementary since 2011.  She began teaching elementary students in the Des Moines Public Schools in 2002.  She taught Reading Recovery and served as assistant principal at Park Avenue Elementary School from 2004 to 2006 before serving as assistant principal at Walnut Street School in Des Moines from 2006 to 2007.  While in the WDMCS, Bocook has been involved with the district at-risk, Title I, preschool advisory and administrative professional development committees.

Bocook received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Grandview College, master of education degree from Graceland University and principal certification from Vitterbo.

 

sinramzSinram Named Assistant Principal of Indian Hills

Zac Sinram has been named assistant principal at Indian Hills. He served in the position this year on an interim basis after previous associate principal Kerry Ketcham was hired as interim special education director.

Sinram received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2006 in history and social studies and his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Iowa in 2012. He began teaching at Valley Southwoods as a special education teacher in 2006 and then moved to teaching social studies at VSW in 2008. Sinram has also been involved in both building- and district-level professional development work, including serving as an Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) anchor and serving on the Professional Learning Communities committee. He has also participated in principles training through the West Des Moines Police Department’s Youth Justice Initiative (YJI).

 

SeidCSeid Serves as Associate Superintendent of HR

Carol Seid will be associate superintendent of human resources. Seid has served in the position on an interim basis this school year after Dr. Lisa Remy was appointed interim superintendent and then hired as superintendent.

Seid served as principal of Fairmeadows Elementary since 2006. She started her career in education in 1987 as an elementary special education teacher in the Des Moines Public School District. She later became an elementary vice principal in the Des Moines district in 2001 and a principal in 2002.

Seid has her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, master’s degree in special education and is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership. She recently received the Drake University School of Education Outstanding Alumni Award.

 

KetchamkKetcham Named Director of Special Education

Kerry Ketcham will serve as director of special education. He served as interim director this year after previous director Angie Calhoun took a job at Heartland Area Education Agency.

Ketcham had been associate principal/activities director at Indian Hills Junior High, a position he held since 2006. He started his career in education in 1985 as a secondary social studies teacher in the Des Moines Public School District. He became a dean of students in the Des Moines district in 2005 and joined the WDMCS administrative team in 2006.

Ketcham has his bachelor’s degree in history, master’s degree in educational leadership and his English as a Second Language leadership endorsement.

 

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State Selects WDMCS to Launch Teacher Leadership System

Teacher Leader Update

 

 

 

The West Des Moines Community Schools is one of 39 school districts selected to be the first in the state to launch a teacher leadership system in the 2014-15 school year.

Iowa Department of Education Announcement

 “This is exciting news for our district and for our teachers, who will now have increased opportunities for professional growth and leadership within the district,” said WDMCS Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy. “Those who will benefit the most will be our students, as our teacher leaders help us move toward even greater student success.”

Remy thanked the members of the Teacher Leadership & Compensation Committee for their outstanding work to develop the leadership system and for securing $2.8 million annually specifically designated for the system. “The teachers, administrators and community members on the committee were truly collaborative and innovative,” she said.

The district will start work to implement the system within the month, said WDMCS Interim Associate Superintendent of Human Resources Carol Seid. “The outstanding efforts of our committee have set the framework and structure for the system, which we can now start to put in place. We are excited to move forward,” she added.

The Teacher Leadership & Compensation system offers our teachers the opportunity to take on leadership roles in the area of instruction and receive compensation for the increased responsibilities. The leadership roles include:

  • Building Leadership Team: Assists in identifying needs and plans for building professional development. Works with the principal, district teacher leaders and teh central office to move improvement plans forward.
  • District Leadership Team: Assists in identifying needs & plans for district professional development.
  • Professional Development/Curriculum Facilitator: Serves on District Leadership Team and other district teams; assists with professional development planning and implementation
  • Instructional Coaches: Works with teachers to use evidenced-based instructional practices and strategies to increase student achievement.
  • Demonstration Teacher/Coordinator: Opens his/her door for observations of lessons, lesson planning, etc.
  • Mentor Teachers: Supports new teachers as they enter the profession, observe, meet and work together for two or more years
  • Mentor Coordinator: Observes, provides training opportunities and feedback to new teachers and mentors
  • Learning Supports/Coordinator/Family School Engagement Coordinator: Supports teacher to identify needs of at-risk students and families; collaboratively implements strategies for increased student achievement; provides strategies to teachers to effectively engage families for increased student growth.

 Teacher Leadership & Compensation Updates

Teacher Leadership & Compensation Committee Webpage

 

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Teacher Leadership Application Endorsed, Submitted Jan. 31

Teacher Leader Update

 

 

 

On Monday, Jan. 27, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to formally endorse and support the district’s application for the state’s Teacher Leadership & Compensation grant.

School Board members and district administrators expressed their appreciation for the work of the district committee that developed the proposed teacher leadership and compensation structure and the application for state funding. The district could receive approximately $2.8 million annually.

The committee’s work included visiting other schools with teacher leader systems, reviewing research and gathering input from teachers, administrators and parents through focus groups, building-level meetings and an online form.

Members of the committee reviewed key elements of the application with the Board during a public workshop held on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

In addition to the School Board, the teacher’s union and a district parent group have also expressed support.

The district will submit its application to the state tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 31. The Iowa Department of Education will announce in early March which school districts have been approved to implement their Teacher Leadership and Compensation plans in the 2014-2015 school year.

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Board Approves Valley Phase 3 Base Bids

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved base bids for the last phase of the Valley High School project October 24, 2012, with a total contract amount of $25.4 million. This phase of the project primarily includes a new 1,140 seat auditorium, new performing arts practice space and a renovated north academic wing. (more…)

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Advisory Board & “SAMs” Program Approved by Board

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education held a regular meeting on October 22, 2012, and took the following action:

  • approved the consent agenda including personnel resignations, recommendations, support staff new hires, certified staff initial contracts, minutes from the Oct. 8 workshop and meeting;
  • approved a minor modification application for Hillside Elementary for the addition of a 1,500 sq.ft. concrete pad and an 200 sq. ft. expansion of the existing wood mulched swing set area located on the south side of the facility with the use of Site funds; (more…)

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WDMCS Board Approves Retirement Plan, Fresh Fruit Program and More

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education held its annual meeting Sept. 10, 2012, and took the following action:

  • approved the proposed 2013-2014 Early Retirement Plan, which has no changes from the previous year’s plans, to allow eligible district staff to have the opportunity to plan further in advance when making a decision concerning retirement; (more…)

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WDMCS School Board Aug. 27 Meeting Summary

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, August 27, 2012, and took the following action: (more…)

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WDMCS School Board Aug. 13 Meeting Summary

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, August 13, 2012, and took the following action:

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WDMCS: “Way Better”

Well, we are here; the school year has ended. It seems so long ago that I introduced myself to you back in an August edition of the Informaline.

Being still relatively new, I am often asked whether Iowa/West Des Moines is “what I thought it would be.” My response is always, “It is way better than I thought it would be.” (more…)

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School Lunch Prices to Increase 10 Cents

Students who wish to each school lunch will pay $.10 more per meal next school year. The new lunch prices were approved by the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education Monday, June 25, 2012. (more…)

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