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Specialist in Education Leadership

Education Leadership Faculty

Dr. Tom Buckmiller
(515) 271-4989

BA: Mount Marty College
MA: Iowa State University
PhD: Penn State University

Research interests
Native American education, nature of technology in education, non-public schools, critical pedagogy

Classes taught
The Needs of Diverse Learners; Educational Management; Research, Evaluation, Planning and Measurement; Leadership and the Profession; Professional and Personal Seminar; Clinical I & II

Administrative/Leadership experience
Principal, Sacred Heart Elementary (PreK-4) and Middle School (5-8), Yankton, SD; Board Member of South Dakota Christian Schools Association


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Dr. Trent Grundmeyer
(515) 271-3719

BA: Buena Visita University
MA: Drake University
PhD: Iowa State State University

Research interests
Technology adoption, school safety, teaching and learning, school leadership, education reform‌

Classes taught
Leadership and the Profession; Applications of School Law, Mandates, and Policies; Policy, Influence,and Legal Issues; Supervising Instruction

Administrative/Leadership experience
Indianola High School Principal (2010-2013), Hampton-Dumont High School Principal (2006-2010), Named 2013 Secondary Principal of the Year by SAI, Named 2007 Character Counts! Administrator of the Year, School Administrators of Iowa Leadership Partnership Committee Member, Area Education Agency (AEA) Advisory Board Member, Buena Vista University Alumni Board Member, Visionary Talk Radio Guest, Mentor for new administrators in Iowa



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Dr. Randal Peters
(515) 271-2082

BS: Grand Canyon University
MS: Indiana University
EdD: Drake University

Research interests
School and community wellness initiatives/impact of physical activity on cognition and student achievement, standards-based assessment and grading practices, functions and structures of Educational Service Agencies, sustainability of parochial school models

Classes taught
Professional and Personal Seminar; Leadership and the Profession; Community and Society; Systems Thinking; Clinical I & II; Foundations of Education; Models, Theories and Instructional Strategies; Professional Certification Seminar I & II

Administrative/Leadership experience
School Improvement Coordinator, Diocese of Des Moines; Principal, Holy Rosary School (PK-8), Seattle, WA; Principal, Holy Trinity School (PK-8), Des Moines; Iowa Child Welfare Advisory Board Member (co-chair, education subcommittee).


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Dr. Elaine Smith-Bright
(515) 271- 1993

BA: Drake University
MA: Iowa State University
EdD: Drake University

Research interests
Leadership, case-in-point teaching strategy

Classes taught
Professional and Personal Seminar; Leadership and the Profession; Instruction and Learning; Organization and System Behavior; Managing Schools; Clinical I & II.

Administrative/Leadership experience
Principal, Norwalk Middle School (6-8); Principal, Indian Hills Junior High, West Des Moines (7-8); Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources (Central Office), West Des Moines; Director of Leadership Development, School Administrators of Iowa.


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