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Lenertz ready to take helm at ELC?Middle School

By Staff | May 17, 2011

Deb Lenertz

If her vita is any indication, Estherville Lincoln Central’s new principal should be more than ready to assume leadership of the middle school July 1.

Deb Lenertz, currently school improvement consultant with the Prairie Lakes AEA, will take over the duties of Mike Peterson who is leaving the district for another position. In addition to serving as middle-school principal, Lenertz will serve as district-wide curriculum director.

The Spirit Lake native received her bachelor’s in elementary education with a special education emphasis from the University of Northern Iowa. She later received her master’s in special education from UNI and her master’s in education administration from the University of Sioux Falls, S.D. She is currently at the ABD level in her educational leadership doctoral program at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.

Lenertz taught at Charles City and Mason City prior to joining Prairie Lakes AEA where she has served for the past 14 years, making a total of 24 years in education.

Lenertz has worked with the Iowa Department of Education since coming to Prairie Lakes and has been involved with nine schools.

Lenertz wants to place a high focus on literacy initiatives.

“We really know what our data is saying from assessments,” Lenertz said. “I’ve been able to see some really great things. We just have to really work together and ask what is the goal.”

In her curriculum director duties, Lenertz will work with teachers, administrators and the district leadership team. She hopes to work with her cohorts on a regular cycle of curriculum review and improvement.

Lenertz sees parents as playing a key role in their children’s education.

“Parents are our number-one ally,” Lenertz said. “This is their school, their children. We want to make sure they’re comfortable.” Lenertz wants parents to feel welcome to take an active role in their children’s activities and she also wants to bring community organizations into the fold.

Lenertz and her husband, Alan, have three children: Ian, just finishing his first year in engineering at the University of Iowa; Hannah, who will be a junior this school year; and Isaac, who is about to enter seventh grade.