Next Fisher principal looks forward to working with students, staff and community


Mark Lee

Mark Lee said is excited to take over as the next principal of Fisher Elementary School in the Marshalltown Community School District later this year.

Lee is currently elementary principal at Baranof Elementary School in the Sitka, Alaska School District.

“I am incredibly excited to be joining the Marshalltown community as the new principal of Fisher Elementary,” Lee said. “My family and I are looking forward to moving from southeast Alaska to be closer to family in the Midwest. I grew up visiting Iowa and we will find ourselves right at home.”

He has a wide range of previous teaching and administrative experience with a background in music, special education and reading.

Mr. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from Concordia University and holds three master’s degrees including one in educational leadership and administration from Western Governors University.

Final candidates for the Fisher principal position were interviewed by a committee of Fisher Elementary staff, parents, board members and elementary and central office administrators.

“I am very excited to have Mr. Mark Lee join our building administration team as the next Fisher Elementary School principal,” said Marshalltown Community School District Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. “He was selected from a pool of nearly 40 candidates for the position and the Fisher School Community was involved in the selection process and strongly affirmed him as the best candidate for the position.”

Mr. Lee will start on July 1 after the current Fisher Elementary School Principal Vicki Vopava retires at the end of this school year. Mr. Lee is eager to get to Fisher and begin his work.

“I believe in the power of teamwork and collaboration and I am eager to start my work with staff and to get to know students and families,” Lee said. “I am committed to working with staff to provide students and families with a positive school experience and I cannot wait to get started.”