Dr. Theron Schutte, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Theron Schutte began his duties as superintendent of the Marshalltown Community School District on July 1, 2016. Dr. Schutte is a PROUD 1981 Marshalltown High School graduate.
Dr. Schutte served as superintendent of the Bettendorf Community School District from 2009-2016 and also has previous superintendent experience in the Boone Community School District. He began his career as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal in Clinton, Iowa and Boone, Iowa.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education (history) from Central College in Pella, a master’s and education specialist degree in educational administration from Western Illinois University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Iowa State University.
Dr. Schutte currently serves on the Executive Board of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and is past president of School Administrators of Iowa (SAI). He was a recent recipient of a LELA Fellowship on personalized learning and has previously served on the Iowa Girls’ Athletic Union Executive Board and the Iowa Boys’ High School Athletic Association Representative Council. He is a former Iowa Middle Level Educator of the Year.
Dr. Schutte and his wife Conny have two grown daughters and three grandchildren.
Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Director of Instruction
Dr. Lisa Stevenson is the Director of Instruction with the Marshalltown Community School District (MCSD). Dr. Stevenson is responsible for improving student achievement in MCSD. Collaboration with staff and community helps to guide Dr. Stevenson as she works to guide the many programs and services available to students and staff. Dr. Stevenson is responsible for the curriculum, instruction, and assessment in Marshalltown Schools.
Dr. Stevenson has been an educator for more than 21 years, with over 11 years experience in administration. Prior to joining Marshalltown Schools, Dr. Stevenson served as Elementary Principal at Neil Armstrong Elementary in the Bettendorf Community School District from 2012 through 2016. Prior to that,she served as the district Preschool Director and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Principal from 2010-2012. She served as Curriculum Director in West Liberty CSD from 2005-2010 and West Liberty Early Learning Center Principal from 2008-2010 . Dr. Stevenson began her educational career as a K-12 English as a Second Language teacher for Iowa City CSD and was a Junior High Transitional Bilingual Education & ESL teacher for Schaumburg District 54 in Illinois prior to that. She taught fifth grade bilingual education in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Stevenson is a passionate educator who believes in high quality instruction for all. She is an active member of many learning communities including School Administrators of Iowa, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. In addition, for the last two years, Dr. Stevenson has served as an Adjunct Professor in Education in the graduate department for Buena Vista University.
Dr. Stevenson holds a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) degree with an emphasis in educational administration from the The University of Iowa, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from The University of Iowa, an advanced studies certificate in the superintendency from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from The University of Iowa.
Dr. Stevenson is married and has three children. She likes to spend time with family attending her children's events, traveling, and reading.
Dr. Nora Ryan, Director of Human Resources
Dr. Nora Ryan is the Director of Human Resources for the Marshalltown Community School District. Dr. Ryan previously served as Inclusion Services Coordinator within the Office of Equal Opportunity at Iowa State University.
“I am delighted to be joining the MCSD team this summer under the direction of Superintendent Dr. Schutte,” Dr. Ryan said. “I look forward to supporting the entire Bobcat team in order to further the mission of developing well-rounded learners through personalized learning experiences.”
Dr. Ryan is originally from Story City and has several immediate and extended family members who work in education.
“While I have spent the last few years in higher education, I am thrilled to return to K-12, where my career began,” she said.
Dr. Ryan received both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish (with an Iowa State teaching licensure) and her Master’s in Public Administration from Iowa State University. She received her doctorate in Public Administration and Public Policy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2017.
She has previous teaching experience, has worked in human resources and has spent one year as a Statistician Fellow working in the Executive Office of the President of the United States from May 2015-16.
“We are really excited to have Dr. Nora Ryan join our District Administrative Team as the new MCSD Director of Human Resources on July 1, 2019,” said Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. “Dr. Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in all of the various facets of this multi-dimensional role. She has a demonstrated history of service and volunteerism within the communities she has served in the past.”
Matt Cretsinger, Director of Special Services
Matt Cretsinger has been the Director of Special Services for the Marshalltown Community School District since July 1, 2012. As the director, Mr. Cretsinger is responsible for overseeing programs and services in special education, “504 services”, the Gifted & Talented program known as the Extended Learning Program, Social-Emotional Learning, School Counseling, School Resource Specialists, the Nursing Department, Preschool programming for children with disabilities, and Medicaid services. He also serves as the Foster Care Coordinator for the district.
Mr. Cretsinger has been an educator since 2004, and has been serving in leadership positions since 2008. Prior to joining Marshalltown Schools, Mr. Cretsinger served students and families in a variety of other professional roles, including team leader of behavioral supports, program assistant for special education, professional learning and leadership consultant, and school psychologist. Other experiences include adjunct college instructor, a clinician for a mental health center, program director for a psychiatric medical institute for children (PMIC), and a mental health counselor for a residential treatment setting.
Currently, Mr. Cretsinger is professionally involved with the Council for Exceptional Children, School Administrators of Iowa, Urban Education Network, the Council of Administrators of Special Education, and Upper Iowa University Teacher Education Advisory Committee. Mr. Cretsinger received the “Excellence In Teaching” award from Upper Iowa University in 2011 and then again in 2018.
Mr. Cretsinger has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Simpson College and master’s degree and specialist degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Stout. He also holds a master’s degree and specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University. He was raised in Perry and is married with two children. He enjoys watching and participating in sports and spending time with his family.
Amy Harmsen, Director of Technology
Amy Harmsen is responsible for the technology infrastructure for Marshalltown Community School District. She has over ten years of experience in educational technology. Amy has come to MCSD from Grinnell-Newburg School District where she served as the Director of Technology. Her emphasis is on efficient management of student devices and security. She has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from Iowa State University. Amy is passionate about providing access to content for all students through technology and working with staff to leverage technology in order to transform learning.
She and her husband Todd have five children. Amy enjoys attending her kids’ activities and coaching volleyball for a club team. She looks forward to being involved in similar clubs and activities in the Marshalltown area.
Adam Sodders, Director of Communications
Adam Sodders is the Director of Communications for the Marshalltown Community School District. Mr. Sodders oversees the multiple channels used by the district to communicate with parents, students, school staff, local stakeholders, and the larger Marshalltown community. He shares information and stories from the district across social media platforms, the district’s website, and the Bobcats Making Headlines and MCSD Board Report websites.
Mr. Sodders is a proud Iowa State University alum and grew up in Marshall County. He is passionate about sharing all the great news coming out of the Marshalltown Community School District.