At Iowa Mennonite School, Dwight Gingerich has practically done it all.
He’s thrown dodge balls as a physical education teacher. He’s shot hoops as basketball coach. He’s shared advice with students as guidance counselor. He’s explored cultures as social studies teacher.
Now, he’ll maintain school order as principal.
For the past year, Gingerich has served as interim principal. Last week, he was named the permanent principal at IMS.
He is a familiar face at the school where he has worked for 37 years. He got his start as a social studies teacher, also teaching P.E. and health.
His positions before being appointed interim principal were as guidance counselor, athletic director, assistant administrator and basketball coach. For the past year as interim principal, he continued as athletic director and basketball coach with help from retired teacher, Bruce Kooker.
Next year, someone will be hired to fill these positions so Gingerich can focus on his job as principal, he said.
The big change from interim to a permanent position for Gingerich is the sense of permanence and responsibility.
“I feel like I want to do a great job for everyone who’s come here over the years,” Gingerich said. “I want to do right by the alumni, by parents.”
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