Dr. Nora Ryan selected as next Director of Human Resources for Marshalltown Schools


Dr. Nora Ryan

Dr. Nora Ryan has been named the next Director of Human Resources for the Marshalltown Community School District. Dr. Ryan currently serves as Inclusion Services Coordinator within the Office of Equal Opportunity at Iowa State University.

“I am delighted to be joining the MCSD team this summer under the direction of Superintendent Dr. Schutte,” Dr. Ryan said. “I look forward to supporting the entire Bobcat team in order to further the mission of developing well-rounded learners through personalized learning experiences.”

Dr. Ryan is originally from Story City and has several immediate and extended family members who work in education.

“While I have spent the last few years in higher education, I am thrilled to return to K-12, where my career began,” she said.

Dr. Ryan received both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish (with an Iowa State teaching licensure) and her Master’s in Public Administration from Iowa State University. She received her doctorate in Public Administration and Public Policy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2017.

She has previous teaching experience, has worked in human resources and has spent one year as a Statistician Fellow working in the Executive Office of the President of the United States from May 2015-16.

“We are really excited to have Dr. Nora Ryan join our District Administrative Team as the new MCSD Director of Human Resources on July 1, 2019,” said Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. “Dr. Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in all of the various facets of this multi-dimensional role. She has a demonstrated history of service and volunteerism within the communities she has served in the past.”

Ryan’s appointment will be up for school board approval at the June 17 board meeting.

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School Board vacancy announcement for Marshalltown Scools

The Marshalltown Community School District Board of Education has a current vacancy due to the recent resignation of one of its members, Ross Harris. This is a notice of its intent to fill a vacancy on the board. There is approximately four months left on this vacant term.

Letters of interest for appointment
If the special election is not requested (see below) via the required petition and signatures, the board has 30 days from the board member’s resignation (which was June 7) to appoint a new board member, which will be by July 7 . This appointed individual would serve until the next regular school board election this November.

Individuals wishing to be considered to be appointed to be a board member can submit a letter of interest by 5 p.m., on Thursday, June 27 to Paulette Newbold, Board Secretary, Marshalltown Community School District, 1002 S. Third Avenue, Marshalltown, IA 50158. For more information contact Newbold at 641-754-1000 or email pnewbold@marshalltown.k12.ia.us.

Petition for a special election
In accordance with Iowa law, electors have the right to file a petition calling for the vacancy to be filled by a special election. This petition must be filed 14 days after the published notice and contain signatures of at least 276 eligible voters in the school district. This represents 30 percent of the 917 electors who participated in the most recent school election. If a special election is held, the individual selected would serve the remaining four months of the term.

For information on the petition and signatory process, contact Board Secretary Paulette Newbold at 641-754-1000. Petitions must be submitted to the Board Secretary Paulette Newbold by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 1.

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Twin sisters part of first group to receive Seal of Biliteracy


Pictured are twin sisters Hay Htu (left) and Hay Oo who are from Myanmar and speak Mandarin Chinese, Burmese and English. The pair graduated from Marshalltown High School on June 2.

MHS graduates can also speak Mandarin and Burmese

When the state of Iowa instituted the Seal of Biliteracy to honor high school graduates fluent in two languages most probably would think that in the case of Marshalltown many students would receive the distinction in English and Spanish, which several did.

But twin sisters Hay Htu and Hay Oo aren’t the average students.

The recent Marshalltown High School graduates received the Seal of Biliteracy for being fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Burmese while also being proficient in English. So the pair of students are actually proficient in three languages.

“Most people are surprised that we speak Mandarin,” Hay Oo said.

The two arrived in Marshalltown with their family three years ago as immigrants from Myanmar. They have worked hard to improve their English skills, have achieved National Honor Society status and even made it to state in speech with a play that they wrote with their friends.

“They created a focused study group to work on skills, joined speech to work on speaking skills and they are driven and hard-working,” said MHS English teacher and speech coach Jocelyn Frohwein.

Hay Htu appreciates the patient and kind staff at MHS.

“They helped me grow and learn a lot,” Hay Htu said.

They also appreciated the diversity in Marshalltown as they made friends from several different countries including Ethiopia, Liberia, Cameroon, South Korea, Thailand, Mexico, the United States and others.

“Before I came here I thought people from different countries acted different, but actually it’s not,” Hay Oo said.

Hay Htu said: “we have learned more about people, other cultures and other religions.”

They became fluent in Mandarin as they attended a dual language school in Myanmar which taught Mandarin and Burmese. Both believe their fluency in multiple languages will be a benefit as they move onto college and then their careers.

Hay Htu is heading to Des Moines Area Community College to study nursing while Hay Oo will attend Iowa State University. Hay Oo hasn’t decided on a major yet, but says she has an interest in computer science.

The twins, who are accustomed to being together, will still plan to visit each other regularly even as they go to separate colleges.


Hay Htu, left, is pictured during Marshalltown High School graduation on June 2.


Hay Oo gives a greeting in Burmese to guests at the Marshalltown High School graduation on June 2.

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Marshalltown Schools staff honored at the end of the school year awards day


Marshalltown Schools Superintendent’s Star award winners for the 2018-19 school year are pictured with Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, left. From left are Angie Lovell, Mary Estrada, Reji Kurian, David Miller, David Stanfield and Stacey Tool-Crawford.

The Marshalltown Community School District all-staff end of the school year awards day was held on June 10 at the MHS/Community Auditorium.

Six receive Superintendent’s Star Awards

Mary Estrada
Mary Estrada is a teacher at Woodbury Elementary School. “Her relationship building abilities allow her to reach all her students and bring out the best in them, even on their worst day,” said Woodbury Principal Anel Garza.

Reji Kurian
Reji Kurian is a resource specialist at Marshalltown Learning Academy. “Reji is a fine role model, practices collaborative problem solving, repairs and builds lives, helps kids succeed, reduces barriers, and is a tremendous asset to our organization,” said MLA Principal Eric Goslinga.

Angie Lovell
Angie Lovell is a teacher at Lenihan Intermediate School. “She works to be a positive force wherever she goes. In the classroom, she is caring and building strong relationships while holding students to a high standard of learning and behavior,” said Lenihan retiring teacher Leah Mattox.

David Miller
David Miller works in food service at Marshalltown High School. “He is very dependable and hard-working. David is always friendly to students and staff. David is a tremendous asset to the Senior High kitchen team,” said MHS kitchen manager Calvin Scales.

David Stanfield
David Stanfield is the district’s instructional design specialist. “Dave works above and beyond to support teachers and administrators for the district,” said curriculum leader Pam Brewer-Michael

Stacey Tool-Crawford
Stacey Tool-Crawford is the MHS and district lead nurse. “She is kind, caring, compassionate, attentive, happy, positive, upbeat and uplifting,” said MHS Principal Jacque Wyant.



Employee of the Quarter award winners for the fourth quarter were, from left, Susan Eggleston, Erica Finders and Jessica Bethke.

Three receive Employee of the Quarter awards for fourth quarter

Jessica Bethke is a paraeducator in special education at Marshalltown High School.
She was nominated for the award by teachers Stephanie Kilker and Peter Nieland.

Susan Eggleston is a teacher at Rogers Elementary School. She was nominated by Rogers secretary Mary Verdugo.

Erica Finders is a curriculum and professional development leader for the elementary level in the district. She was nominated for the award by Elizabeth Overstake from Franklin Elementary School.

Service Awards

20 years


Those awarded for 20 years of service to Marshalltown Schools include, front row, from left, Kathryn Towns, Sandra Thomae, Debra Martin, Debra Corrick, Sue Cahill and Kenneth Hoffman. Back row, Janelle Hawk, Ryan O’Neal, Katherine Niedermann, Karen Mussig, Jennifer Allen, Rachel Inks and Jennifer Janssen. Not pictured are Susan Fritzell and Eric Goslinga.

25 years


Those recognized with 25 years of service to Marshalltown Schools included, front row, from left, Lori Ferneau, Maralyn Schulze, Kristy Jennings, Debra Holsapple and Angela Pierce. Back row, Todd Kluver, Bradley Weidenaar, Gary Mertens, Nancy Sills and Scott Smith. Not pictured was Jamie Wilson.

30 years


Hoglan custodian Loma Green recognized for 30 years to the district.

35 years


James Kopel of Buildings and Grounds recognized for 35 years in the district.

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Miller Middle School 2019 talent show


Chase Gustafson, left, and Hannah Summers perform a dance during the Miller Middle School talent show held on June 7.

See below for a video of the 2019 Miller Middle School talent show featuring performances by 7th and 8th graders and staff on June 7.

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Lenihan talent show held


Lenihan Intermediate School student Jose Vargas plays the flute during the school’s talent show held on June 5.

See below for a video of the 2019 Lenihan Intermediate School talent show featuring performances by 5th and 6th graders on June 5.

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Murphy named new MHS girls basketball coach


Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy has been named the next varsity girls basketball head coach at Marshalltown High School. Murphy comes to Marshalltown after two years of coaching girls basketball at Meskwaki. The Oelwein native and his family have lived in Marshalltown for three years.

“We fell in love with the community,” Murphy said.

Murphy will also teach ESL at Miller Middle School.

“We’re excited to have Brian on board,” said MHS activities director Rollie Ackerman. “He’s proven to be a very knowledgeable basketball coach, and more important, a good person who is going to be a good fit for our coaching staff.”

Murphy, who is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, said his basketball philosophy is focused on teamwork.

“It’s all about a team-first concept where every individual is doing what the team needs,” Murphy said.

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