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Q&A with New Administrator Wade Timmins


Q: What districts have you worked for and how long have you been working for the Waterloo district?

A: I have worked at the Waterloo community school district for 13 years and have only worked in the Waterloo community school district. I taught 5th grade for 3 years at Highland Elementary School, I taught at East High for 5 ½ teaching Algebra 1 and Geometry, and I worked for 4.5 years as an instructional coach at Lou Henry, Orange, Poyner, Hoover, EXPO, East, and West.

Q: What made you decide to switch from a math coach to an admin?

A: From my previous educational experiences, I had a variety of administrators who encouraged me to pursue administration because they felt I had a lot to offer to help positively impact any school. I wanted to impact on a larger scale and influence, making a bigger impact with West High students and staff. I have the desire to effect change and am passionate about improving our educational system and believe I can help drive positive change from within my position. My previous experiences allowed me the great opportunity to advance in my career, allowing me to grow professionally and personally, and allowing me the chance to develop new skills in management, communication, and strategic planning.

Q: Why West High?

A: Having worked in 7 different buildings as a teacher and instructional coach, I’ve been able to learn a lot from every administrative team and teacher I have worked with.  West High provided me an opportunity to continue to utilize my strengths as a leader to continue to impact students and teachers, but also continue to grow professionally.

Q: What have been your first impressions?

A: Having worked at West the previous 2 years, I knew exactly what I was walking into as an administrator. During my first year at West as an instructional coach, I loved how systematic everything was and the consistency in communication with students and staff.

Q: What are you most looking forward to?

A: I am most looking forward to developing relationships with students, staff, and families of West High, and also being able to continue to learn from the administrative team staff, and students. I continue to challenge myself as one of the building leaders to continue to provide students with opportunities.

 Q: What’s some of your best advice for students?

A: High school is a unique time in your life. Make lasting memories, build friendships, and enjoy the experience.

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Ariauna Ostdahl, Reporter
Ariauna Ostdahl is a junior at West High and this is her first year on the Wahawk Insider staff. Ariauna enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Ariauna can be found watching softball down at Deerwood park and watching the Waterloo Warriors at Young arena.
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