New Central principal - Always hoped to relocate in Elkader

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Central’s newly hired high school and middle school principal Aaron Reinhart and his wife, Brittney, had their engagement photos taken in Elkader in 2015.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Central’s next high school/middle school principal and his wife fell in love with Elkader long before he interviewed for a job here.

Aaron Reinhart, a Jesup native, and his wife, Brittney, had their engagement photos taken in Elkader in October 2015.

“We passed through Elkader multiple times, shopped downtown and stopped for lunch,” Reinhart said. “We thought it was a beautiful town full of character. We feel confident raising our family here.”

The Reinharts are graduates of the University of Northern Iowa. Married in 2016, their family now includes eight-month-old daughter Emerson. Both teach in the Waterloo Community School District. Aaron is a high school math teacher; Brittney teaches kindergarten.

“Professionally speaking I could go on and on about the positives of the school district,” Aaron said about his decision to apply for a position here. “A key highlight is the people. Superintendent Trenkamp has earned a reputation as a great leader that many of my colleagues can speak about. In the interview process the staff and community groups impressed me with their attention to detail and genuine interest in success. Finally, I have heard nothing but great things about the students at Central. I am excited to meet everyone and get to work.”

Aaron replaces Dan Yanda, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Yanda served as principal and athletic director. The latter duties will be reassigned to a staff person, according to Central Superintendent Nick Trenkamp. The job drew 21 applicants; six were interviewed.

“Aaron was the top choice of all three interview groups,” said Trenkamp. “I believe he rose to the top because of how prepared he was for the interview process, the research he had done on Central, and his educational background. Aaron has experience in many of the initiatives Central is currently undertaking, and spoke of his experience and ideas to all three groups.  Lastly, I believe Aaron will complement my leadership style.  We have already started working on some things together and I see he will be a strong teammate and challenge me to be a better leader.”

Aaron’s base salary will be $85,000.

In addition to his teaching duties at Waterloo West High School, Aaron has served as an athletics coach, robotics coach, department chair, and student club sponsor. He has also served on many leadership committees in that district, and has done some writing and revising standardized tests with major publishing companies.

“A key desire in my decision to work in education was to play a role in moving a community forward by developing young people who would go on to lead and grow their community,” said Aaron of his decision to move into administration. “As I looked for ways to broaden my impact I found myself in many leadership roles at the District and State levels. These experience lead to my desire to be a school leader. I believe school and community success are synonymous and am excited to play a role in that at Central.”

Aaron is looking forward to launching his career at Central and though he doesn’t start for several months, he plans to be a regular presence here.

“You may see me around the community the next few months,” he said. “If you do, please stop me and say hi!”







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