South Hamilton CSD New Secondary Principal Announcement, Friday, June 25, 2021

South Hamilton Community School District

New Secondary Principal Announcement

Friday, June 25, 2021

The South Hamilton School Board is pleased to announce that Mr. Andy Eckert has accepted the offer to serve as the next Secondary Principal. His hire will be official pending a background check and board approval at a July board meeting. Mr. Eckert currently serves as a business teacher at Gilbert High School where he has taught since 2009. In this role he has served as a master TLC teacher and department leader. Prior to getting into education, Mr. Eckert worked as an Executive Team Leader for Target Stores.

At Gilbert High School, Mr. Eckert has been instrumental in developing a student early intervention system, implementing standards based grading and project-based learning for students. He also served as a baseball and basketball coach. Some other notable qualifications Mr. Eckert possesses that made him the right candidate for the job include being a champion for restorative justice discipline practices, strong understanding of career and technical education and advanced computer skills with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.

After accepting the job he said, “I am humbled to accept the invitation to serve as principal at South Hamilton Community Schools. I have been so impressed by the dedication of the South Hamilton staff and community to making their students successful. My philosophy of being a student-centered leader who strives for continuous improvement compliments this sentiment well. It’s an absolute privilege to join this thriving community.”

Mr. Eckert earned his Specialist in Education degree from Drake University in 2020; Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Drake University; Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Iowa State University; and Associate in Applied Science degree with a major of Business Information Systems from Des Moines Area Community College.

Andy is married to his wife Hillary (a South Hamilton alum) and together they have two children, 10 year old Taryn and 3 year old Audrey. As a family they enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling, going to Iowa State football games, and attending community events.

Mr. Eckert will officially begin his duties on August 1, 2021. Please welcome Andy and his family to the district and community.