Administration

Davidmaxwell edited 2021David Maxwell, Principal

With Valley High School since 2005

Experience

  • 1994-2002: Language Arts and African-American Studies Teacher — Lincoln High School
  • 2002-2005: Dean of Students — Hoover High School
  • 2005-2018: Associate Principal — Valley High School

Maxwell loves working with students and families to assist students to expect and have a successful educational experience.

Education

  • University of Iowa: bachelor’s degree, English
  • Iowa State University: master’s degree, educational leadership

Shannoncampbell edited 2021 2 thumbnail Shannon Campbell, Associate Principal

With Valley High School since 2019

Experience

  • 2013-17: Fifth-Grade Teacher — Maple Grove Elementary
  • 2017-19: Seventh-Grade Language Arts Teacher — South Middle School

Campbell was a full-time mom, school volunteer, and PTO chairperson when her passion for education and student advocacy led her to pursue a career in teaching.  She believes that every student has the right to a quality education through both academic and extracurricular experiences.

At Valley, Campbell oversees clubs and activities, as well as the Language Arts, Art, Music, and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) departments.  She also plans and coordinates all events and gatherings celebrating school/student achievement and curriculum.   

Education

  • Upper Iowa University: bachelor’s degree, elementary education
  • Drake University: master’s degree, educational leadership

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Jeffry Grassmeyer, Ph.D., Associate Principal

With Valley High School since 2018

Experience

  • 2011-14: Mathematics Interventionist — Waukee High School
  • 2014-18: Mathematics Curriculum Lead and Mathematics Teacher — Waukee High School

Grassmeyer competed in track and field and cross country at Drake University and later coached both track and field and cross country for eight years while teaching in Waukee. He believes the essential components of an effective educational program include an emphasis on relationships, mindset, and extracurricular participation as well as a focus on lifelong learning and continuous improvement.

Education

  • Drake University: bachelor’s degree, secondary mathematics education and secondary teacher education
  • Drake University: master’s degree, education leadership
  • Drake University: doctoral degree, education

Joshgriffith edited 2021 2 thumbnailJosh Griffith, Associate Principal

With Valley High School since 2019

Experience

  • 2003-08: Math Teacher and Soccer Coach — Hoover High School
  • 2011-13: Principal — Collins-Maxwell School District
  • 2013-19: Vice Principal — Callanan Middle School

Griffith was born into a family full of educators and found his passion for education while coaching a soccer team at the age of 18.  Since that time, he has developed a mission to unleash the full potential of every learner. This mission drives all of the work he does each and every day.

Griffith serves as Valley’s Project-Based Learning Network director and oversees Business, Engineering Technology, the Gifted/Talented Program, Physical Education, and Science.  Students and families interested in the PBLN pathway can contact him at griffithj@wdmcs.org.

Education

  • Drake University: bachelor’s degree, education
  • Viterbo University: master’s degree, educational leadership

Meganthole edited 2021 2 thumbnailMegan Thole

With Valley High School since 2020

Experience

  • 2006-09: English Teacher — Youth Connections Charter Schools
  • 2009-12: Department Chair and AP English and Composition Teacher — Noble Network of Charter Schools
  • 2013-20: Principal — Chicago Public Schools
Thole has worked in many school types and settings throughout her experience. She believes that all students deserve high-quality instruction and differentiated supports in order to grow and achieve success. At Valley, Thole oversees special education, the Success Center, and social studies.

Education

  • University of Iowa: bachelor’s degree, English
  • National Louis University: master’s degree, teaching
  • Harvard University: master’s degree, school leadership

Bradrose edited 2021Brad Rose, Athletics & Activities Director

With Valley High School since 2009

Experience

  • 2005-09: Activities Director — Fairfield Community Schools
  • 2002-04: Middle School Teacher — Ankeny Community Schools
  • 1996-2001: Business Education teacher — Ottumwa Community Schools
  • 1990-95: Elementary Teacher — Fairfield Community Schools

Rose is certified to teach business education at the high school level, coach, and be a K–12 principal. He earned his Certified Athletic Administrator endorsement from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) in 2012. He serves as the Leadership Training Coordinator for the State of Iowa, and is on the Board of Control for the Iowa High School Athletic  Directors Association. He is also a part-time instructor for Morningside College and Drake University. Rose is also a member of the Iowa Football Coaches Association, the Iowa Baseball Coaches Association, the NIAAA, and the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association.

Education

  • Simpson College: bachelor’s degree, management
  • Drake University: master’s degree, educational leadership