shaneˍehresmanˍ2009-10.jpgShane Ehresman, 39, is the new superintendent at Lynnville-Sully Community School effective July 1 at a salary of $105,000. For the past five years, he has been the high school principal at Washington (IA) High School which has 410 students, 32 faculty members, 12 staff members, and 35 coaches and advisors.

Ehresman and his wife Tashia are the parents of three sons: Sage (13), Drake (10), and Kale (6); and two daughters: Kasiah (11) and Kaleah (7). His wife Tashia, a graduate of Cornell College, was a personal trainer at the Washington YMCA.

The following was sent by the Lynnville-Sully Board of Education to the L-S staff announcing the selection of Ehresman in May: “We would like to thank everyone for their efforts and input in our superintendent search process. We looked over the ratings and comments from staff, community, and administration. We feel after careful consideration of all stakeholders involved in the process, we have selected Shane Ehresman to be the next superintendent of schools at Lynnville-Sully. Our decision was based on three criteria: Shane’s knowledge and research of our district, his enthusiasm to lead our students and staff, and being the overall best fit for our community. We felt very fortunate to have two highly qualified candidates. We believe this speaks well of our school district being able to attract these types of professionals. Thank you again for your time and efforts in our process!”

Prior to being principal at Washington, Ehresman was associate principal at Marion High School from July 2000 to May 2005. During that time, he was named the 2005 “Iowa Assistant Principal of the Year” by the School Administrators of Iowa.

Before becoming an administrator, Ehresman was a social studies teacher at Marion High School from August 1995 to May 2000 and at Forreston (IL) High School for one year. He holds Iowa professional certifications for superintendent endorsement (preK-12), principal endorsement (5-12), evaluator approval II, American history, American government, psychology, and world history.

After Ehresman received his Bachelor of Special Studies (B.S.S.) from Cornell College at Mt. Vernon, he went on to receive his Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, his Master of Arts (M.A.) from the University of Iowa for educational administration and a principal license (5-12), his Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) from the University of Iowa, and his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Western Illinois University of Macomb, IL, (dissertation to be finalized by July 2010).

Ehresman has a long list of professional achievements during his five years at Washington High School. He lists as his highest achievement improving ITED proficiency levels from tenth to eleventh grade by adding enrichment classes. He also developed a Silver Cord Volunteer Commendation Award which honors students who dedicate their time to others in the community (50 hours per year) and silver cords are presented at the senior class recognition night and worn at commencement.

Ehresman was recognized with a First in the National Education (FINE) Award in February 2007.  “The Learning Strategies Consultative Teaching Model is a collaborative service model that incorporates direct instruction in learning strategies and self-advocacy skills as well as opportunities for co-teaching, complementary and supplemental instruction,” Ehresman explains. “Specially designed instruction is provided in the Learning Strategies course to improve Level One special education students’ skills.”

“I am looking forward to serving the Lynnville-Sully Community School District,” Ehresman said. “After meeting many people during the interview process, my wife (Tashia) and I feel the community is a good fit.”

By Margaret Vander Weerdt (July 2010), Editor of Hometown Press, Sully, 594-3200