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District Leadership Team

Get to know us!

Matt Degner



Matt Degner
(319) 688-1000

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Chace Ramey

Deputy Superintendent


Chace Ramey
(319) 688-1000

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Matt has served in the Iowa City Community School District since July of 2013. Matt was Principal of South East Junior High for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. Since that time he has served as Director of Secondary Schools, Assistant Superintendent, and now Superintendent.

Prior to Iowa City, Matt served two different school districts in Iowa; Williamsburg and Bettendorf. Matt has one child at Lemme Elementary and two children at City High School. His wife, Dr. Kate Degner is a teacher in the District and an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa. Matt is passionate about equity, engagement, and innovation in education.

Chace joined the Iowa City Community School District in 2012 as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. In January of 2016, Chace ventured to Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, Virginia where he also served as the HR Assistant Superintendent. He returned home to ICCSD in 2018 as the Chief Operating Officer, and moved into the position of Deputy Superintendent in the spring of 2021. Chace is originally from Kansas City, Missouri where he began his education career as an elected school board member in the North Kansas City School District, and held his first district leadership role as Chief of Staff for KCPS. Chace and his wife, Adleigh, have three children. Their oldest daughter is currently a student at Lemme Elementary School. 

Executive Directors

Laura Gray

Laura Gray

Executive Director of Diversity & Cultural Responsiveness

Adam Kurth

Adam Kurth

Chief Financial Officer

Kristin Pedersen

Kristin Pedersen

Director of Community Relations

Eliza Proctor

Eliza Proctor

Executive Director of Elementary Schools

Nick Proud

Nick Proud

Chief Human Resources Officer

Lucas Ptacek

Lucas Ptacek

Executive Director of Secondary Schools



Jeff Barnes

Director of Facilities


Kate Callahan

Director of Student Services

Lora Daily

Director of Learning Supports

Alison Demory

Director of Nutrition Services


Carmen Gwenigale

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment

Eric Howard

Director of Equity and Employee Relations

Ashley Reedy

Director of Special Education

Principals, Assistant Principals, Athletic Directors, & Deans of Students

Elementary Principals

Katherine Thompson, Alexander Elementary
Celeste Shoppa, Borlaug Elementary
Andy Gahan, Coralville Central Elementary
Debbie Bennett, Garner Elementary
Ken Turnis, Grant Elementary
Reagan Boeset, Hills Elementary
Carolyn Ceynar, Hoover Elementary
Kristin Cannon,Horn Elementary
Laura Mayer, ICCSD Online
Renee Person, Kirkwood Elementary
Ashley Mangan, Lemme Elementary
Tracy Morrison, Lincoln Elementary
Kelli Webb, Longfellow Elementary
Kathy Jenkins, Lucas Elementary
Gabriel Wylder, Mann Elementary
David Brandon, Penn Elementary
Chris Pisarik, Shimek Elementary
Theresa Kirkman, Twain Elementary
Eric Ewald, Van Allen Elementary
Emily Dvorak, Weber Elementary
Amber Daubs, Wickham Elementary
Ernie Cox, Wood Elementary

Elementary Assistant Principals

Travis Dyer, Weber Elementary

Secondary Principals

John Bacon, City High
Laura Mayer, ICCSD Online
Justin Colbert, Liberty High
Ann Browning, Tate High
Mitch Gross, West High
Colby Miller, North Central Junior High
Kimberly Fitten, Northwest Junior High
Michelle Cook, South East Junior High

Secondary Assistant Principals

Gerry Coleman, City High
Lucas DeVries, City High
Phillip Hansen, City High
Emily O'Donnell, Liberty High
Tunisia May, Liberty High
Keaton Rickels, Liberty High
Kristina Brown, Tate High
Elizabeth Bruening, West High
Jennifer Eustice, West High
Maureen Head, West High
Karrie Merriweather, North Central Junior High
Erin Thompson, Northwest Junior High
Sean Baylor, South East Junior High
Allison DeVries, South East Junior High

Deans of Students

Carly Walrod, North Central Junior High
Alexi Lalagos, Northwest Junior High
Bryan Parker, South East Junior High

Athletic Directors

Philip Lala, City High
Mike Morrison, Liberty High
BJ Mayer, West High

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