The Dubuque Community School District has named new principals at Bryant Elementary School and Kennedy Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year, pending School Board approval at its April 9 meeting.
Megan Richardson, currently an instructional coach at Irving Elementary School, will assume the principal role at Bryant Elementary School. Brenda Duvel, currently an assistant principal at Roosevelt Middle School, will assume the principal role at Kennedy Elementary School.
“Megan and Brenda have both exhibited outstanding leadership in our district and they possess the skills and enthusiasm we look for in members of our leadership team,” said Superintendent of Schools Stan Rheingans. “They stood out among a pool of extremely strong candidates and we are excited to have them moving into these new roles.”
Richardson became an instructional coach at Irving Elementary School in 2015 following three years as a third-grade teacher at Fulton Elementary School. Prior to joining the Dubuque Community School District, she held a variety of teaching positions in Belmont, Salem and Mineral Point, Wisconsin. As an instructional coach, Richardson supports teachers in curriculum and instruction while also working with behavior interventions and classroom management strategies. Throughout her time in the district, she has assumed many leadership roles including resident mentor, social studies content leader, reading action team member. She has also been a member of her school’s building leadership team and site council.
A graduate of Hempstead High School, Richardson holds a bachelor’ degree in elementary education with a minor in early childhood education from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, completed graduate coursework at Bemidji State University, and holds a master’s degree in educational leadership (principalship) from the University of Northern Iowa.
Duvel, currently an assistant principal at Roosevelt Middle School, joined the Dubuque Community School District in 1995 and has held a variety of teaching and leadership roles. In her current role, she works with coaching teachers, planning and providing professional development, increasing family connections and budgeting. Prior to Roosevelt Middle School, she served for five years as a district-level special education coordinator and extended school year facilitator. She was previously a special education department chair at Roosevelt Middle School and a special education teacher at Lincoln Elementary School. She has also served as an adjunct instructor at Loras College.
A Dubuque Senior High School graduate, Duvel holds a bachelor of arts degree in special education (behavior disorders) and a master of arts degree in special education from Loras College and a PreK-12 principal/special education supervisor certification from Morningside College.