Dr. Paul Tedesco has served 44 years in the field of education, thirty-eight as an administrator. Administrative experiences include: Administrator of Educational Service Agency #11, Holdrege, NE (2011-2017), Superintendent at Storm Lake, IA (2005-2011), Superintendent at Emmetsburg, IA (1998-2005), Superintendent at Boyer Valley, Dunlap, IA (1992-1998), Superintendent of Schools, Harris-Lake Park, Lake Park, IA (1989-1992), High School Principal & Athletic Director, Ida Grove, IA (1983-1989), High School Principal & Athletic Director, Elk Horn-Kimballton, Elk Horn, IA (1979-1983) and Paul taught and coached in Nebraska School Districts of Trenton, Omaha Cathedral and Neligh-Oakdale.
Paul earned his Doctorate from Colorado State University in 2004, his Certificate of Advanced Studies (Superintendent’s endorsement) from Iowa State University in 1988, his Master’s in Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1979 and his Bachelor’s of Art in Education from Wayne State College in 1973.
Patrick O’Donnell has served in education for thirty-six years, twenty-three as an administrator. He was hired as Superintendent of Schools for the Sioux Center Community Schools in July of 2002.
Prior to his position in the Sioux Center Community Schools Patrick served as Principal in the Humboldt Community Schools, Associate Principal in the Mason City Schools, and Principal in the Interstate 35 School District. Patrick received his Certificate of Advanced Studies in May 2002 from Iowa State University, where he also received his Masters of Education in 1995 and his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1982. Patrick has taught at St. Anthony’s School in Des Moines and in the Earlham Community School District.
David Herold has served in education for thirty years, sixteen as an administrator. Administrative experiences include: Superintendent at Allamakee Community School District, Waukon, IA (2006-2018); Superintendent at Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock (RRMR), Rockford, IA (2005-2006); Principal at Waukon High School, Waukon, IA (2003-2005); Principal at Orient-Macksburg Middle/High School, Orient, IA (2002-2003). David was also an English teacher, athletic director, and coach at Crestwood High School, Cresco, IA (1991-2002) and Cresco Notre Dame, Cresco, IA (1988-1991).
David has served on numerous state organizations including the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Board of Control (2011-2017); IHSAA Representative Council (2008-2011); and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) Representative Council (2008-2015). David has also served on numerous community organizations such as the Waukon Chamber (2006-2018/President 2010-2018) and Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).
David received his administrative certification from Winona State University (2002), Master’s Degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1998), and Bachelor of Science Degree in physical education/minor in English from Upper Iowa University in 1988.
Lori Porsch has served 38 years in the field of education, thirty-two as an administrator. Administrative experiences include: Supervising Consultant and Regional Supervisor of Arrowhead Area Education Agency (now Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency) (1984-2002) and Curriculum and Special Education Director at Storm Lake, IA (2002-2014). Lori taught and coached in Marshalltown, IA and Storm Lake, IA school districts. Lori earned her Director of Special Education endorsement from the University of Northern Iowa in 1990, her Master’s in Special Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1980 and her Bachelor’s of Art in Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1977. She also has completed graduate studies in administration of English Language Learning programming and completed Mediation and Advanced Mediation Training through Iowa Peace Institute.
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