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Principal's Message

  • Greetings Garner Gators!

    My name is Debbie Bennett and I am the principal at Garner Elementary School. I am entering my 21st year as an educator and have been a part of the Iowa City Community School District for the past 6 years. I moved from Chicago, Illinois, in 2016. While in Chicago, I taught in various school systems, including Chicago Public Schools. I received my bachelors degree from 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. In 2018, I became the assistant principal of Kirkwood and Twain Elementary Schools. 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 from 2019-2020.

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

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at


    Debbie Bennett, Principal
    (319) 688-1190



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