Garner Elementary School

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  • Summer Reading Program

    Our District Librarians have have put together a variety of resources to help students of all ages spend some time reading and exploring throughout the summer. Happy Reading!

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  • Update on Free Meal Program

    We would like to share information with you regarding meal costs for the 2022-23 school year, including the end of the government-funded free meal program and summer meals.

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  • Online Registration Open

    We are excited to announce that registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open! Find out more about online registration and get dates for registering in-person.

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  • Support Resources for Students, Families, and Staff

    We recognize that there have been significant challenges and losses that our school district family and our community have faced. It is important to us that you are aware of the school- and community-based support services that are available.

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  • Updated Health & Safety Protocols

    Our health and safety guidelines will be implemented to help protect students, staff, families, and our entire school community. This guidance supplements our District’s standard policies, procedures, practices, and school rules.

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  • Meet our Leadership Fellows!

    As part of the Iowa Community School District’s COVID-19 response plan and as an element of the District’s “Grow Our Own” initiative, we would like to introduce our new Leadership Fellows, who are part of the two-year Leadership Fellowship Program.

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Principal's Message

  • Debbie Bennett Greetings Garner Gators!

    My name is Debbie Bennett and I am the principal at Garner Elementary School. I have been a part of the Iowa City Community School District for 5 years. I moved from Chicago, Illinois where I was an educator for 15 years. While in Chicago, I taught in various school systems including Chicago Public Schools. I received my bachelors degree for the University of Illinois (Champaign,Illinois), two Masters degrees in education from Concordia University, and my administrative degree from National Louis University in Chicago.

    Throughout my educational career, I have been a junior high teacher, Math Chairperson, Math coach, and PBIS facilitator. Starting at Kirkwood Elementary in 2016, I was a 6th-grade teacher. Then in 2018, I became the assistant principal of Kirkwood and Twain Elementary Schools. Last school year, I was split between Kirkwood and Weber Elementary Schools until the decision was made for me to be at Weber as their full-time assistant principal. 

    I have had many wonderful experiences within the Iowa City Community School District and look forward to having many more with you. The first key in great communication is building a relationship. Before school starts, I would love to get to know you and your family. Here’s a challenge for you:

    Send me a family picture introducing who you are and what you were able to do this summer. Please include your student’s name and grade and one thing that you are grateful for. I plan to make a collage with our family pictures to hang in my office. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at bennett.debbie@iowacityschools.org.

    #FinestGreatestBest

    Debbie Bennett, Principal
    (319) 688-1190
    bennett.debbie@iowacityschools.org

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