MUSCATINE, Iowa—On Friday, Jan. 24, Muscatine Community School District Announced they would hire Clint Christopher as their new superintendent beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.
Christopher grew up in a family that deeply valued education. As a child growing up in eastern Iowa, Christopher first learned the value of teaching from his mother, who taught Sunday school for many years. Later on, Christopher and his two sisters would go on to study education in college and find educational positions across the region.
For the past 23 years, Cristopher has held a variety of educational positions in school districts across Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota. Christopher started his teaching career as an elementary school teacher at North Scott. He then went to work for the Moline public schools in Illinois, serving as an elementary school principal, technology and curriculum director, and assistant superintendent for teaching and learning over the course of ten years. Christopher then worked as first an associate and then a full superintendent for Eastern Carver County Schools in Minnesota for six years.
Though Christopher enjoyed his time in Minnesota, he always looked foreward to bringing his family back to Iowa and kept an eye out for openings in Muscatine. “Muscatine is one of the districts we’ve always been interested in,” he said. “The strong community support, great partnerships in the district with businesses and Muscatine Community College, and the proximity to the Quad Cities and Iowa City made it very appealing to our family,” he added.
When Christopher takes up the reigns in his new role, he looks forward to getting to know the whole community and determining how he can best meet their needs: “First and foremost, my priority is about building relationships with stake holders in the community. That’s meeting with staff, community members, students, and parents,” he explained. “It will really be important to make connections with people, allow people a chance to get to know me, and begin to develop a collective vision of how to ensure each and every student is a success story.”
As Christopher, his wife, and three daughters (currently a senior, freshman, and seventh grader) begin to learn about their new community, they each look forward to getting to know it better and to take advantage of all the opportunities it has to offer. “They’ve also been doing their homework on Muscatine and are excited about the programs and opportunities students have at Muscatine High School,” he shared.
For Christopher himself though, getting to join a welcoming school community represents the best part of coming to Muscatine: “I’m really excited about the pride in the community and district. I’m really looking forward to being a part of the Muskie Nation.”