Friday, December 13, 2019

By Jess Hawkins

Happy Wednesday Hawkeyes! This week, we are excited to introduce alumna Janelle Brouwer.

Brouwer completed the Superintendent Endorsement program in 2014, Educational Specialist in 2015, and a PhD in Educational Leadership in the University of Iowa College of Education in May of 2018.

This is her first year serving as the Superintendent of Marion Independent School District, but she served as the assistant superintendent in the Marion school district for the previous four years.

“I love that this job gives me the opportunity to work with building and district leaders supporting their professional growth and learning,” says Brouwer. “I also love that every day offers variety and an opportunity for me to keep learning and growing as a leader.”

Brouwer appreciates all of the opportunities that she has gained through her education at the College of Education in making her a better leader.

“The learning and networking opportunities I had through UI allowed me to broaden my leadership perspective and deepen my understanding and ability to articulate the importance of efficacy and of research-based instructional practices in supporting student outcomes,” says Brouwer.

The support that she received during her time at the College of Education has supported her into her role as a superintendent.

“I appreciate the interest the professors/teachers showed while I was a student, but more importantly that it has continued in my professional practice,” says Brouwer. “Knowing I can reach out at any point and have a network of support is a tremendous plus!”

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