Newton By The Numbers
Welcome to Aurora Heights Elementary School!
My name is Jim Gilbert and I am extremely excited to be principal at Aurora Heights. I have served as an educator for thirty-three years. This will be my fourteenth year working in Newton. Here are some facts about me:
Born: Cleveland, Ohio
B.A. Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
M.A. University of Iowa
Administrative License, Drake University
Married to Kim and have two sons, Ryan and David
Hobbies: Running 5Ks, baseball, fishing, canoeing, camping, playing board games and making maple syrup
Favorite children’s author for kids this age: Gary Paulson
Favorite Professional Sports Teams: Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals
Favorite College Teams: Iowa State Cyclones, University of Iowa Hawkeyes
Favorite Dessert: Blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream
Interesting People: Jesus Christ, Thomas Jefferson, Beethoven, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Classroom Teachers
Fears: Heights (looking out of windows in very tall buildings or riding the Ferris wheel)
Interests: Discovering ways to help people, studying history and learning about new places and cultures.
Beliefs about education:
Teaching happens when the student gets it.
Whether you’re raising a family, starting a business or building a home — you’ll want to get to know Newton. Our community vision statement is “Newton Shines Bright: Newton is a progressive, family friendly community, a shining star of Central Iowa, and a place to call home.”