Linn-Mar Schools Appoint New Elementary Principals


MARION, Iowa (KCRG) – The Linn-Mar Community School District has announced two new elementary school principals for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.

Theresa Kirkman will be the new principal of Westfield Elementary and Sara Hovden will become the new principal of Novak Elementary.

Kirman has been an elementary school principal in the West Burlington School District since 2015. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Kirkman will replace Ed Rogers, who is retiring at the end of the current school year.

“I am extremely grateful and thrilled to join Linn-Mar and the team at Westfield Elementary. Having the opportunity to learn and lead in a district that has a lot of pride and community support, talented/hardworking educators who clearly go above and beyond for the kids, and a real “feel of family” is so exciting for me professionally and personally. When I left the main Linn-Mar campus after interviewing several staff members, I knew I wanted to be a Linn-Mar Lion! I look forward to meeting the staff, students and families of Westfield Elementary! Go Lions!” said Kirkman.

Hovden is currently Associate Principal at Hazel Point Middle School. She has been part of the Linn-Mar family since 2014 when she taught art at Wilkins Elementary School. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She will replace Carol O’Donnell who is retiring at the end of the current school year.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to add to Novak Elementary’s rich history. During my time at Linn-Mar, I had the incredible opportunity to learn from inspiring leaders, educators and students. . all of which have had a profound impact on who I have become as a leader and learner. I strive to continue the legacy that Linn-Mar has established and look forward to building strong collaborative relationships with students, staff and community,” says Hovden.

The new directors will work with the current directors in the coming months to enable smooth transitions.

Hovden and Kirkman will officially begin their new roles on July 1.

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