Taft Associate Principal Receives State Honor

November 9, 2016 08:45 AM
Jeff Schneekloth is the 2016-17 Iowa Assistant Principal of the Year as named by School Administrators of Iowa.

Jeff Schneekloth, Associate Principal at Taft Middle School, is the 2016-17 Iowa Assistant Principal of the Year as named by School Administrators of Iowa.

“Each and every day, Jeff Schneekloth makes Taft a better place to work, learn, and grow through his child-centered approach, his commitment to supporting staff and parents, and his willingness to go the extra mile to help all children succeed,” said Gary Hatfield, Taft Principal. “He’s a great educator, supportive colleague, and honorable man.”      

“Jeff is an outstanding choice to represent Iowa’s assistant secondary principals,” added Roark Horn, SAI Executive Director. “His innovative accomplishments in the areas of behavior intervention and conflict resolution strategies have helped create an amazing culture of learning at Taft Middle School. His student-first approach is a model for all of us in school leadership.”

Recipients are selected using the Iowa Standards for School Leaders, which focus on

  • a vision of learning; 
  • the presence of a school culture and instructional program that is beneficial to student learning and staff professional development;
  • a safe, efficient and effective learning environment;
  • work with parents and the community;
  • fairness, integrity and ethics; and
  • an understanding of the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context in which we operate.

A committee of Iowa assistant principals selected Schneekloth for the award. As Iowa’s recipient, he is a candidate for National Assistant Principal of the Year, an award sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. 

“I am humbled and honored to be selected for this award,” said Schneekloth. “I am so appreciative to be part of such a vibrant learning community at Taft. Our students, staff and families support each other in a collaborative environment that promotes high achievement in all areas of each child's education.”

Schneekloth has served as Taft Associate Principal since 2010. He began his career teaching physical education and at-risk students at Harding Middle School. Schneekloth has a bachelor’s degree in secondary physical education from Central College and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Northern Iowa.

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