Ivan Gentry has been recommended by Superintendent John Speer to be the Principal at Prairie Edge pending board approval. Gentry is replacing Noreen Bush who last May was named the Director of Secondary Education and Innovation for the College Community School District. Each will begin their new appointments effective July 1, 2014.
“After a thorough process, it was very clear to me that Mr. Gentry was the perfect match to continue the excellence at Prairie Edge,” said Speer. “He has a variety of experiences we were looking for and a passion for education. He will be an outstanding principal at Edge.”
Gentry comes to Prairie from the Iowa City School District where served as a Special Education and Transition Coordinator. His responsibilities included coordinating special education programs, implementing professional development designed for best practice and was responsible for developing transition initiatives to assist students and teachers. Gentry also spent ten years as a Special Education teacher. He taught in the Iowa City and Linn Mar school districts including two years at Tanager Place.
Gentry, a native of Lowden, Iowa, received his Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Cornell College, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Morningside College, and received a Specialist Degree in Education Leadership from Drake University.
“I am honored to be named the next principal of Prairie Edge,” said Gentry. “During the interview process it was clear how the teachers and staff in the district are committed to providing the best learning opportunities for all students. I look forward to working with all staff to help students achieve their highest potential. My family and I love the Cedar Rapids area and are excited to be part of the Prairie community.”
Prairie Edge is the College Community’s off-site school located on the Four Oaks campus. Prairie Edge serves students in grades K-12 who have a severe behavior disability.