Administration

A head shot of David Maxwell.David 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

A head shot of Jill Bryson.Jill Bryson, Associate Principal

With Valley High School since 2018

Experience

  • 2011-13: Coordinator of Alternative Education — Lewis Central High School
  • 2013-16: Assistant Principal — Wilson Middle School
  • 2016-18: Principal — Oak Park Elementary School

Bryson began her career in the health sciences and soon found she loved working with students. She started teaching science and math in 2003 with Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia. After moving back to the Midwest, she was a high school science educator at Woodward-Granger.

Education

  • Coe College: bachelor’s degree, psychobiology and athletic training
  • Georgia State University: master’s degree, sports medicine—athletic training
  • University of Iowa: master’s degree, educational leadership and policy studies

A head shot of Jeff Grassmeyer, Ph.D.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 at 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

A head shot of Dave Perrigo.David Perrigo, Associate Principal

With Valley High School since 2014

Experience

  • 2006-07: Teacher — Four Oaks Alternative School
  • 2007-11: Dean of Students — Edmunds Elementary School
  • 2011-13: Principal — Edmunds Elementary School
  • 2013-14: Principal (middle school and high school) — Collins-Maxwell Community Schools

Perrigo also acted as an at-risk coordinator for the South O’Brien Community Schools and an elementary physical education teacher at Sergeant Bluff-Luton. He has coached boys and girls basketball, football, and golf throughout his career. He also played professional indoor football for the Sioux City Bandits from March 2002–June 2005.

Education

  • Northwestern College: bachelor’s degree, K–12 physical education/health education
  • Viterbo University: master’s degree, educational leadership

A head shot of Erica Whittle.Erica Whittle, Associate Principal

With Valley High School since 2015

Experience

  • 2010-11 – Teacher Librarian – Dallas-Center Grimes Community School District
  • 2011-13 – Secondary Math and Science Teacher – Dallas-Center Grimes Community School District
  • 2013-15: Instructional Coach (technology integration) — Dallas-Center Grimes Community School District

Whittle serves as Valley’s Project-Based Learning Network director. She oversees Project-Based Learning Network (PBLN) pathway implementation at Valley High School, including curriculum, evaluation and assessment, culture, community partnerships, and more. Students and families interested in the PBLN pathway can contact her at whittlee@wdmcs.org.

She also plans and coordinates all events and gatherings celebrating school/student achievement and curriculum, in addition to overseeing the counseling, math, and science departments.

Education

  • Northwest Missouri State University: bachelor’s degree, math and science education
  • Graceland University: master’s degree, technology integration
  • Drake University: specialist degree, education leadership
  • Drake University : doctorate degree, education leadership—in progress

A head shot of Brad Rose.Brad Rose, Athletics & Activities Director

With Valley High School since 2009

Experience

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