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Newman Named Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year

Kerry Newman, principal of Kirn Middle School, has been named the 2019 Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.


“Kerry has worked hard and accomplished much in order to be honored by her peers. Her focus on student engagement has helped transform Kirn Middle School into a model of how a school can have it all: students who are developing their love of learning as they gain the skills needed at the next level. Kerry is an example of just how much leadership matters,” stated SAI Executive Director Roark Horn.


“I certainly feel humbled and honored to be named the Middle School Principal of the Year,” said Newman. “I feel especially blessed to have the opportunity to accept this in light of the exciting and innovative work happening at Kirn Middle School and in the Council Bluffs Community School District. I am extremely proud of the purposeful, collective approach to support our students and promote student learning and academic growth, as well as the culture of kindness, and the accomplishments of our amazing students. A genuine spirit of continuous improvement at Kirn is palpable, which is the key reason staff and students are able to exceed expectations and achieve more. I am fortunate to be part of this dedicated, caring Kirn community and thank my colleagues for the opportunity to represent them.”


Kirn principal since 2015, Newman has been a vital part of the growth in the Council Bluffs Community School District. She received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and mathematics, a master’s degree in secondary education in the math and technology program, and a master’s in education administration, all from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Newman will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the State Capitol in May and the association’s Annual Conference in July.