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Montezuma hires new principal


A new face greeting students at Montezuma Community Schools in the fall will be Brian Moretz, the new secondary principal. Moretz was selected from about 40 applications received by the district since mid-April. The board of education made the formal announcement on Wednesday, May 22, at its regular meeting.

The 36-year-old Moretz comes to Montezuma from Maquoketa Community School, where he has served as assistant principal for four years. His planned starting date is July 1.

Moretz grew up on farm in Northwood. He attended Northwood-Kensett High School, graduating in 1991. He attended the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), where he played football (1991-95), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1995.

When asked, Moretz said no one person influenced his decision to become a teacher. “I enjoy being around students and teaching them to be better at a skill,” he noted.

His first job was at Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Community Schools (ADM), where he served as the middle school physical education teacher from 1997-2005. During that time, Moretz returned to UNI, where he earned a master’s degree in principalship, graduating in May 2005. In addition to teaching at ADM, Moretz was head wrestling coach, assistant football coach, middle school football, wrestling and track coaches at various times Moretz earned a master’s degree in part due to a principal at ADM Middle School who really made a difference in her job with students.

“I observed that the role of principal can really change a life of a student,” said Moretz.

From 2005 to 2008, Moretz served as the assistant principal and activities director at Maquoketa Community Schools. He relinquished the activities director position at the end of the 2008 school year, and for the last year has served as assistant principal at Maquoketa.

As assistant principal, Moretz’ job consisted of evaluating teachers, student discipline and truancy, creating staff development and communicating with district stakeholders.

Moretz said it was his professional goal to take the next step into a principalship, thus his reason for applying for the Montezuma position.

“Montezuma’s small town atmosphere drew me,” he said. “It reminds me a lot of the town I grew up in, and the people we met in Montezuma were very genuine and supportive.” Moretz said his strengths are integrity, communication, and building relationships with students, staff and community members.

Once on the job, Moretz said his first direction would be for the secondary staff and administration to work together for the good of our students.

“I’m excited to get to work to start framing our building goals as a collaborative effort so we have direction for the fall,” Moretz said. Moretz is married to Melanie. The couple met through friends while he was teaching at ADM. They have been married nine years and have three children – Olivia, 8, Isaac, 5, and Eli, 3.

When not teaching, Moretz said he enjoys camping with his family, golfing, watching football and being a dad.

“I’m very excited to take this position and look forward to working with the students, staff and community of Montezuma,” he said.

UPDATED May 26, 2009 4:08 PM

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