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Welcome from Principal Johnson

I am so fabulously excited to serve our students, Elementary Team, parents, and community as I begin my first year as an administrator at North Tama. Although this is my first year as an administrator, I have been an employee of the district for several years. I started teaching high school English at North Tama in 2011, and have spent the last three years as the PreK-12 Instructional Coach. I was born in Iowa City and raised in Denison, Iowa. I attended the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!) earning my Bachelor’s Degree in teaching secondary English in 1997 and I have spent the past two years earning my Master’s Degree in Principalship at the University of Northern Iowa. My husband lives south of Des Moines and we have five children, ranging from 12 to 19 years old. 
The North Tama School District offers a unique educational experience, as we have all of our PreK-12 students housed in one building. We hope to capitalize on this fabulous situation, as we look for opportunities for our students and teachers to collaborate with one another throughout the school year. Even though there is unification for our students being under one roof, there is also distinct separation as each group of students has its own location in the building which allows for elementary, junior high, and high school camaraderie. 
This year, our PreK-6 enrollment will be around 260 students. We will continue to focus on building Redhawk Character and will be using PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) to teach, encourage, and reinforce positive choices and actions of all our students. We utilize Daily 5 as part of our Literacy curriculum and are incorporating a MakerSpace which will work to complement what our students are learning with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). This year, we will also have a Sensory Room which will provide a location for our students to take a break in a calm, multi-sensory environment where they can refocus and be better prepared for learning and interacting with others, when needed.
Having witnessed the elementary team working throughout the summer, I can attest to the importance our teachers hold towards providing our students with a safe, clean, and comfortable place to learn. The energy, passion, and devotion of our team speaks to our desire to give our students the best educational experience we can. With collaboration and communication between our teachers, our students, our parents, and our community, we can join forces and help prepare our students to be college, career, and citizen ready when they leave North Tama.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Here’s to a positive year of learning, growth, and creating educational memories.
Susan Johnson, North Tama Elementary Principal
605 Walnut Street
Traer, Iowa 50675


International Dot Day video on Discovery Education

Artwork of an artist drawing created by Peter H. Reynolds at Dot Day 2016

Livestream video link

Character Counts & PBIS Info

Information about our Character Counts and PBIS programs can now be found on their own page.

NT Elementary Dot Day Celebrated Sept. 15, 2017

Elementary students and teachers in a circle on the football field