Superintendent's Cabinet

Dr Brad Buck, Superintendent


Dr. Brad Buck
See Brad's Bio

"I feel most rewarded when I’m visiting schools and immersing in the culture of our schools. Hanging out with students and staff, observing teaching, observing leaders leading, and seeing progress being made on the strategic plan and our mission to provide multiple pathways for student success gets me excited!"

Laurel Day, Executive Administrator to the Superintendent


Laurel Day
Executive Administrator to Superintendent/Board Secretary
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"Life is the art of drawing.....without an eraser!" - John W. Gardner

Craig Barnum, Executive Director Digital Literacy

Craig Barnum
Executive Director of Digital Literacy and Information Technology
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"Equity and access are issues that are extremely important to me. My goal is to design and implement systems that level the playing field and enable all students to play to their strengths."

Noreen Bush, Deputy Superintendent

Noreen Bush
Deputy Superintendent
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"They [leaders with moral purpose] know that reducing the performance gap across all schools in the nation (and beyond) is the key to social cohesion in society, health and well-being of citizens and economic performance. The betterment of humankind as not an abstract goal for moral/spiritual leadership. It is part and parcel of leadership for a higher purpose." - Michael Fullan

Val Dolezal, Executive Director, PK-5

Val Dolezal
Executive Director of Pre-Kindergarten - 5th Grade
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"I am passionate that we are providing the best opportunities for ALL of our students. This means we are doing what is needed to meet the learning needs for each and every child in our buildings." 

Rod Dooley, Executive Director, Equity

Rodrick Dooley
Executive Director of Equity
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"I am passionate about providing an environment/system where all students can be successful, no matter their ethnicity, socio-economic status, language status or abilities."

Dr. Carlos Grant, Executive Director Middle Schools

Dr. Carlos Grant
Executive Director of Middle Level Education - 6-8 Grades
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"Wonderful and enjoyable makes us rethink what real schooling, learning, and creativity means."
- Malala Yousafzai

David Nicholson, Executive Director, Business Services

David Nicholson
Executive Director of Business Service & Board Treasurer
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"I love working in education! I take pride in knowing that what I do for a living does make a positive impact on the lives of our students! This job combines both of my passions: kids and numbers."

Linda Noggle, Executive Director Talent Management

Linda Noggle
Executive Director of Talent Management
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I'm very passionate about self-reflection and learning. A favorite quote: "One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment."
- Robert E Quinn


Wendy Parker, Executive Director, Special Services

Wendy Parker
Executive Director of Special Services
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"When we provide access to learning for one group of students, we improve access for ALL students."

John Rice, Executive Director, Instructional Services

John Rice
Executive Director of Instructional Services
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Motivation: "I believe education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change yourself and the world." 

Lori Bruzek, Director Technology Services

Lori Bruzek
Director of Technology Services
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"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important." - Bill Gates

Eric Christenson, Director, Culture & Climate Elementary Education

Eric Christenson
Director of Culture & Climate Elementary Education
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"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" - Booker T. Washington

Akwi Nji, Director of Communications

Akwi Nji
Director of Communications
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"It is our professional and moral responsibility to ensure every child has access to an education which prepares them for a future emblazoned with professional success, as he/she defines it, and personal joy."

Adam Zimmermann, Director Culture & Climate Secondary

Adam Zimmermann
Director of Culture & Climate Secondary Education
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"You can't understand most of the important things from a distance. You have to get close."
- Bryan Stevenson

Ryan Rydstrom, Associate Director Access & Instructional Design

Ryan Rydstrom
Associate Director of Access & Instructional Design
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"...inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and BECOME MORE..." -John Quincy Adams

Tania Johnson, Cedar Rapids Education Association

Tania Johnson
Cedar Rapids Education Association President
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"Teamwork makes the DREAM work"

John Zimmerman, Regional Administrator, GWAEA

John Zimmerman
Regional Administrator, GWAEA
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"The secret in education lies in respecting the student." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The entire reason we should be in education is for the kids. It is about them and not us. We need to be terrific listeners, tremendous role models and compassionate teachers. 

Julie Jensen, Regional Administrator, GWAEA

Julie Jensen
Regional Administrator, GWAEA
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"Positivity is more than a state of mind. It's a power that gives teams a competitive advantage in business, sports, creativity, education, and life." - Jon Gordon