Superintendent's Cabinet

Noreen Bush, Superintendent

Noreen Bush
See Noreen's Bio




Justin Blietz

Justin Blietz
Director of Culture/Climate Transformation (Secondary Schools)
See Justin's Bio

"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time.  But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." Aboriginal activist group, Queenslan, 1970's, in which Lilla Watson, Indigenous Australian, Murri community, Gangulu artist, activist, and academic, participated 


Craig Barnum, Executive Director Digital Literacy

Craig Barnum
Executive Director of Digital Literacy and Information Technology
See Craig's Bio

"If we continue to pursue hope then we had best become a producer of it, rather than a consumer of it."
- Peter Block


Eric Christenson, Executive Director of Pre-Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Eric Christenson
Executive Director of Pre-Kindergarten - 5th Grade
See Eric's Bio

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" - Booker T. Washington



Laurel Day, Executive Administrator to the Superintendent


Laurel Day
Executive Administrator to Superintendent/Board Secretary
See Laurel's Bio

"Life is the art of drawing.....without an eraser!" - John W. Gardner



Tania Johnson, Cedar Rapids Education Association

Tania Johnson
Cedar Rapids Education Association President
See Tania's Bio

"Teamwork makes the DREAM work"




Nicole Kooiker, Deputy Superintendent


Nicole Kooiker
Deputy Superintendent
See Nicole's Bio

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller




David Nicholson, Executive Director, Business Services

David Nicholson
Executive Director of Business Service & Board Treasurer
See David's Bio

"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
See Linda's Bio

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
See Wendy's Bio

"If no one is pushing back, you aren't doing anything."




Cynthia Phillips, Executive Director of High Schools

Cynthia Phillips
Executive Director of High Schools
See Cynthia's Bio

"Plan to be better today, but don't ever plan to be finished." Carol Ann Tomlinson




John Rice, Executive Director, Instructional Services

John Rice
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning
See John's Bio

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin



Kent Ryan, Director of Culture & Climate Elementary Education

Kent Ryan
Elementary Director, Culture & Climate Transformation
See Kent's Bio

"The real role of not, and should not be, 'command and control;' the real role of leadership is 'climate.'" - Sir Ken Robinson



Ryan Rydstrom, Associate Director Access & Instructional Design

Ryan Rydstrom
Director, Access & Instructional Design
See Ryan's Bio

"...inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and BECOME MORE..." -John Quincy Adams


Colleen Scholer, Director of Communications

Colleen Scholer
Director of Communications
See Colleen's Bio

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
- Maya Angelou


Adam Zimmermann, Executive Director of Middle Level Education - 6-8 Grades

Adam Zimmermann
Executive Director of Middle Level Education - 6-8 Grades
See Adam's Bio

"You can't understand most of the important things from a distance. You have to get close."
- Bryan Stevenson