Keota gets new principal
KEOTA — After exploring 22 applications, meeting with four candidates and having an in-depth discussion with two, Keota School Superintendent Mark Schneider recently recommended Clear Creek Amana health teacher Nathan Carlson as the new principal for Keota High School.
The Keota School Board approved the recommendation during a special meeting last week. In addition to serving as the Keota principal, Carlson will also spend 20 percent of his time serving as the dean of students at Mid-Prairie High School. Carlson could not be reached for comment this morning.
“To me it was his experience with small schools that put him in first place,” Schneider said. “He grew up in a small rural community and taught in one for several years. He is the one with the most experience about how a small district functions.”
Schneider said that Carlson had graduated high school from the Winfield-Mount Union School District. According to Carlson’s page on the Clear Creek Amana Web site, he taught for one year in the Louisa-Muscatine School District and six years in the Columbus Community School District. He also served as athletic director while at Columbus. The site also said that Carlson graduated from Wartburg College and finished his master’s degree at Drake University.
The site also said that his wife Deb is a math teacher in the Mid-Prairie School District. He said in his spare time he enjoys being with his son Dempsey, golfing and following the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Schneider said that having Carlson work part time as the Mid-Prairie Dean of Students is an “experiment.” He said that the Keota and Mid-Prairie districts are sharing many positions. He said that the districts now share a school nurse, an elementary guidance counselor, building administrators and a superintendent.