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New Principal - Tara Notz

posted May 13, 2014, 7:57 AM by
We would like to introduce our next PK-8 principal for Andrew Schools. The board of education officially approved the contract at the May meeting for Tara Notz to become the next Andrew Principal. She will fill the role vacated by Andy Crozier, who is transitioning to a shared superintendent position between Andrew and Easton Valley. Please welcome Mrs. Notz and help her make her transition to Andrew Schools smooth! Below you will see an introduction letter written by Mrs. Notz. 


Dear Andrew Community, 

Greetings! I am Tara Notz, your new Principal at Andrew Community School District. I am thrilled to be part of the learning community and leadership at ACSD and look forward to meeting students, staff, parents, and community members over the summer and new school year. 
I am originally from Maquoketa and a graduate of Maquoketa High School. Following college, my husband, Erik, and I moved to Des Moines where I have worked for Des Moines Public Schools for ten years as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, interventionist and Special Education Consultant. We have two children, Max (6) and Kye (2) and are very excited for them to be part of a smaller school district as well as near family and friends. We will be making the move back to Eastern Iowa over the summer and look forward to getting settled into a new home and being part of the Andrew community.  

From the moment I walked in the front office at Andrew Community Schools, I experienced the most wonderful welcome and knew I wanted to be part of the great things happening here. It was very clear the students, teachers, staff, parents and community put 100% of their time, expertise, commitment and heart into making Andrew Community Schools the place where students achieve their goals and become leaders for the 21st century. As I make this transition, I am aware of the anticipation, excitement and anxiety that can accompany new leadership, but it is my goal to spend my first several months learning about our school and all of its stakeholders.  I eagerly anticipate getting to know the Andrew school community, and learning about your hopes and dreams for our school while continuing to support the amazing things that are currently in-place. 

I believe collaboration and communication is key to the continued growth and success of our students. I’m committed to supporting our students, staff and families with the resources they need to excel at school and in the community. I am honored to have been selected as Andrew’s principal and will work hard to gain your trust and respect.

I will be visiting Andrew on Friday, May 23rd to introduce myself to all students and staff.  I will be in the office by mid-July and will keep you up-to-date regarding specific dates. I would love for you to stop in and visit anytime.  I also look forward to scheduling individual conference dates with staff to meet everyone on a more individual basis. I hope all of our students, staff, and families have a fun and relaxing summer.  I look forward to meeting all of you soon!

Tara Notz