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1302 1st Ave West
Newton, IA 50208


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Educational Background

  • Drake University - Des Moines, IA
  • Master of Science in Education Leadership
  • University of Northern Iowa - Cedar Falls, IA
  • Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education K-12

Work History

  • 2017-present:  WEST Academy Principal and 
  • K-12 Curriculum Director 
  • Newton CSD - Newton, IA
  • 2013-2017:  Middle School Principal 
  • Woodward-Granger CSD - Woodward, IA
  • 2007-2013:  Student Services Coordinator 
  • Walnut Creek Campus West Des Moines Community Schools - West Des Moines, IA
  • 2005-2007:  Team Leader 
  • Mingus Mountain Academy - Prescott Valley, AZ
  • 2003-2005:  English Teacher Technologico de Monterrey - Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
  • 2002-2003:  PE Teacher 
  • Zuni Elementary - Scottsdale, AZ

I have had the privilege of living, working and visiting all around the U.S. and world.  I am excited to bring those experiences to the students and staff at WEST Academy and Newton CSD.  I am passionate about education and people.  I believe that we all have strengths and in the right environment, with the right support, everyone can learn and achieve at a high level.  It is my goal every day to learn something new and have a positive impact on others.

Bret Miller

Bret Miller
Administration - Director of Teaching and Learning


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