Patrick J. O'Donnell



    Slater, Iowa

Educational Background:

    1979    Waldorf College A.A. degree Physical Education            

    1982     Iowa State B.S. Physical Education

    1995    Iowa State M.E. Educational Administration

    2002    Iowa State Specialist Certification

Teaching/Administration Experiences:

    1982-1984    St. Anthony's School, Des Moines 7th & 8th  Science and P.E.

    1984-1995    Earlham School, Earlham, Iowa  K-12 P.E.

    1995-1997    Interstate 35 Schools, Turo, Iowa 9-12 Principal

    1997-1999    Mason City High School, 9-12 Associate Principal

    1999-2002    Humboldt High School, Humboldt, Iowa 9-12 Principal

Educational Philosophy:

The mission of the Sioux Center Community Schools is "Educating the whole child for a whole lifetime." Education is a people business and we cannot forget that building relationships is the cornerstone to a successful learning environment. As the educational leader of the Sioux Center Community Schools, I work with many different constituents throughout the course of a school year. It is my goal to build successful relationships with parents, students, staff, other district administrators, and the community so that, together, we can achieve the mission of the district. In order to build relationships, I will demonstrate empathy, understanding, compassion, and excellent listening skills. Also, I will strive to understand how others perceive me and how I relate to others.


    I enjoy golf, reading, youth sports coach


    I.S.U. sports, Cubs baseball, music.  Go Cyclones!

Favorite Books:

    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

    Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager by Buzz Bissinger

     Ireland: A Novel, by Frank Delaney

     Most anything by John Grisham

Favorite Quote:

    "We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence then is not an act, but a habit."  - Aristotle

Most memorable teaching experience:

    The day I took over the At-Risk program at Earlham High School.  It changed me to a teacher from someone with an 8-4 job.

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revised 2006