Ames Middle School associate principals for the 2019-2020 school year were approved by the Ames school board on Monday, April 8. The Ames Community School District is pleased to announce the following associate principals for Ames Middle School:
- Jeremie Knutson, Associate Principal for Operations and Student Services
- Erin Miller, Associate Principal for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- Nicole Coronado, Associate Principal for School Improvement, Culture and Equity
Principal Yonas Michael opened all the positions this spring and added another associate principal for next school year. Each principal will be a point person for a specific grade, but will also use their expertise in their particular area to better serve Ames Middle School.
Jeremie Knutson is currently an associate principal at Ames Middle School. Since 2017, he has assisted with the hiring and evaluation of staff and been an active collaborator when working with student behaviors. He has also helped develop and support student programming that includes student tutoring and mentoring opportunities. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa, a secondary teaching certificate from Iowa State University, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Viterbo University.
Erin Miller returns to the Ames Community School District after spending a year in the Webster City Community School District as their Director of Teaching and Learning. She has a long history in Ames, serving both in the curriculum office from 2015-2018 and as an English teacher at Ames High. As Director of Teaching and Learning in Webster City, Miller helped vision, plan, and implement instructional practices and curriculum across the district. She completed state reporting, designed and delivered professional development for teachers, evaluated instructional coaches, among many other duties. She has a masters degree in English from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Masters of Educational Leadership from Iowa State University.
Nicole Coronado is currently a 4th-grade teacher at Sawyer Elementary. In that role, she has served as both a mentor and model teacher in Ames and been highly active at Sawyer serving on a variety of teams that include the Instructional Practices Inventory Team and Instructional Leadership Team. Beyond that, Coronado is also a member of the Ames Youth and Schools Action Team and Anti-Racism Collaborative of Ames. She received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, has a masters degree in Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Masters of Educational Leadership from Iowa State University.