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The Ames Community School District commits to equity and access that empowers every individual to reach their full personal and educational potential.

Paula VincentOn Monday, June 21, 2021, the Ames Board of Directors approved Dr. Paula Vincent as the Interim Superintendent of Ames Community School District. Dr. Vincent will be the 27th superintendent of Ames Public Schools in its 151-year history. 

Dr. Vincent was the Chief Administrator of Heartland Area Education Agency (AEA) from 2010 to 2017. As the chief executive officer, she provided leadership for 650 staff serving in 53 public school districts and 30 accredited non-public schools across 11 counties in central Iowa. AEA services are designed to accelerate children’s learning and development with an emphasis on providing educational equity for all Iowa children, especially those with diverse learning needs. Additional professional learning services and resources are intended to inspire educators and to provide efficiencies for Iowa school districts.

From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Vincent served as superintendent of Clear Creek Amana CSD. As superintendent, she implemented rigorous professional development processes and facilitated a community vision of education to guide the development and implementation of a comprehensive school improvement plan. 

Before joining the Ames CSD, Dr. Vincent was an educational leadership consultant with an emphasis in strategic planning. She was also the current editor of the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) Perspectives Magazine and has served as a member of the AESA Federal Legislative Platform Development Team. 

Dr. Vincent earned her doctorate degree in Planning, Policy and Leadership Studies from the University of Iowa. 

A few of Dr. Vincent’s past honors include School Administrators of Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year, AESA Order of Women Leaders inductee, and recipient of the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the National University Council of Educational Administration. Dr. Vincent was also invited to provide testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and Labor on the topic of modern public school facilities. 

  • Works with School Board to lead the District in fulfilling its mission to students for teaching and learning, and in meeting the Board’s strategic, legal and policy requirements.
  • Presents District Operating Budget to the School Board.
  • Directs, monitors and evaluates administrators.
  • Engages collaboratively with the community.
  • Oversees personnel functions.

Dr. Paula Vincent
Interim Superintendent
Fax: 515-268-6633

J.D. Mitchell
Executive Assistant to Superintendent
Fax: 515/268-6633

Ames CSD Organizational Chart

Jeff Hawkins

Dr. Jeff Hawkins
Assistant Superintendent

Fax: 515-268-6611

CFO Chris Stensland

Chris Stensland, CPA, SBO
Chief Financial Officer

Fax: 515-268-6634

Business Services Webpage

Kristin Johnson

Kristin Johnson
Director of Human Resources

Fax: 515-268-6633

Human Resources Webpage

Gerry Peters Facility Director Photo

Gerry Peters
Director of Facilities Planning and Management

Fax: 515-239-3810

Facilities Planning and Management Webpage

Deani Thomas

Deani Thomas
Director of Special Education

Fax: 515-239-6637

Special Education Webpage

Anthony Jones

Dr. Anthony Jones
Director of Equity

Fax: 515-268-6633

Equity Webpage

Steven Hopper

Steven Hopper
Director of Technology


Technology Services Webpage

Eric Smidt

Eric Smidt
Director of Communications


Communications Webpage

Erin Miller

Erin Miller
Director of Teaching and Learning

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Webpage


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