Sara OswaldMiddle School Principal/K-12 Curriculum Director, West Branch Community Schools, West Branch, Iowa

Academic Degrees

Advanced Studies Certificate for Superintendency Program
University of Northern Iowa

MAE in Secondary Principalship
University of Northern Iowa

BA in French, Minor in Spanish, 5-12 Teaching Certificate
Washburn University

Professional Experience

  • Middle School Principal/K-12 Curriculum Director
    West Branch Community Schools, West Branch, Iowa, 2002 - present
  • High School Principal
    Eastern Allamakee Community Schools, Lansing, Iowa, 1998 - 2002
  • Teacher - French/Spanish, Yearbook Advisor
    Harlan Community School, Harlan, Iowa, 1991 - 1998

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Iowa ASCD Board Member at large, 2013 - present
  • School Administrators of Iowa administrative mentor, 2005 - 2007
  • University of Iowa Educational Administration mentor, 2004 - 2006
  • State Department of Education Task Force - develop a content area reading professional development program for grades 4-12, 2001 - 2003

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Iowa Bandmasters Association Middle Level Administrator of the Year, 2007
  • National Science Teacher Association Middle Level Principal of the Year, 2004

Personal Statement

I have been working with high school teachers and students since 1991. Many things have changed but the ultimate goal remains the same. We need to give each student an extensive toolkit of personal and academic skills to prepare them for the transition to post-secondary education. Schools and parents are more focused than ever in preparing all students for this transition.


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