Posted on 08/21/2018 at 02:08 PM by
Heartland AEA is pleased to announce the election of Margie Schwenk of Coon Rapids to it’s board of directors. Ms. Schwenk was officially sworn in on July 27, 2018.
She will represent the schools in Director District 3, which is comprised of the Adair-Casey, Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, Audubon, Carroll, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton, Glidden-Ralston, Guthrie Center, Panorama, Perry and Waukee school districts. She replaces Ann Wilson of Carroll who served the Heartland AEA board for 30 years.
“I strongly believe in the value of rural schools and felt serving on the Heartland AEA board was an opportunity to be a voice for them in educational decision making,” Schwenk said. “I also know the important role our AEAs play in our educational success, and I wanted to help serve them in any way I could.”
Ms. Schwenk is retired from a 41-year career in education. During four decades of service, she was a middle school teacher, gifted and talented teacher and program director and director of curriculum and professional learning, all for the Coon Rapids-Bayard Community School District.
“I have 41 years of experience in education and have served in leadership roles long before teacher leadership was popular,” Schwenk said. “My experiences are varied, not only in content but age level, as I have taught all grade levels and adult education. Each level requires unique strategies including interpersonal skills and genuine concern for others.”
Ms. Schwenk earned her master’s degree in educational leadership from Drake University, a bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy and science from the College of St. Mary in Omaha and a bachelor’s degree in education and philosophy from Iowa State University. On a statewide basis, she served as an evaluator for the Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure (RAPIL) program and as a gifted and talented consultant and curriculum specialist.
“I am a lifelong learner and cherish new opportunities for learning,” Schwenk said. “Serving on a board like this is an entirely different role for me to play, but it’s my hope I can serve it well.”