The Board of Education has approved new principals at Jackson and Taylor elementary schools and at McKinley Middle School. All three will begin their new roles on July 1. Nick Duffy will become principal at Jackson; Andrea Scott has been named principal at Taylor. Jason Martinez has been named principal at McKinley.
New Elementary Principals To Join District
“We have added two great members to the Cedar Rapids Community Schools Elementary administrative group,” said Val Dolezal, Executive Administrator of Preschool – 8th Grade. “Both bring to us experiences that will help us move our work forward as a District. We are excited to have both Nick and Andrea lead the work in these two buildings.”
Nick Duffy has been named principal at Jackson Elementary School. He currently serves as the chief administrator and principal for the Holy Family School System in Cedar Rapids. He previously taught in the College Community School District, Williamsburg Community Schools, and at Regis Middle School. Duffy earned his bachelor’s degree from Mount Mercy University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Loras College.
"I am honored to be the next principal at Jackson Elementary School and join a great group of educators and learners,” said Duffy. “I am excited to meet the students, staff, and families served by Jackson and I look forward to building positive relationships with the members of the Jackson learning community. The elementary years are critical in establishing a life-long love of learning. I believe that as we continue to nurture the partnership with parents and the community to do innovative things, we will continue to see great things happen in our classrooms and in the lives of our students. I cannot wait to share my enthusiasm and love of learning as we continue to build on the successes of Jackson."
Andrea Scott will join Taylor Elementary School as principal. She currently serves as a Special Services District Facilitator in the District. In addition to facilitator roles, Andrea has been Assistant to Principal, a Curriculum Leader and Teacher in Massachusetts. She received her bachelor’s degree from State University of New York College, a master’s degree in special education from the American International, and an ED.S, in educational leadership from Drake University.
“I am very honored to have been selected to serve the Taylor school community as principal,” explained Scott. “My inspiration and commitment has always been to provide an educational experience for students focusing on nurturing the whole child. I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the dedicated staff at Taylor and continue their efforts towards developing engaged learners.”
Middle School Principal Named
Jason Martinez has been named Principal of McKinley Middle School. He joins the District from the Mount Pleasant Community Middle School where he has served as principal. Previously, he worked as a middle school classroom teacher in Fort Madison.
“Jason has been a leader in the successful implementation of a 1:1 technology initiative in Mount Pleasant and has received a University of Iowa Belin-Blank STEM Excellence and Leadership Grant,” said Dolezal. “His experiences also with Multi-Tier System of Supports and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports will make him a great match for McKinley.”
Martinez earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Iowa Wesleyan College. He received his master’s degree from Walden University in Minneapolis.
“It is with great pride and excitement that I join the McKinley Middle School team,” noted Martinez. “I am eager and enthusiastic for the opportunity to partner with students, parents, staff, and community to lead and support the McKinley staff as we prepare our students for the 21st Century workforce.”