Dr. Theron J. 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 more than 11 years of experience in administration. Prior to joining Marshalltown Schools, she served as Principal at Neil Armstrong Elementary in the Bettendorf CSD from 2012-2016; she also served as the district Preschool Director and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Principal from 2010-2012 in Bettendorf.
Additionally, Dr. Stevenson has 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, and as Adjunct Professor in Education in the graduate department for Buena Vista University.
Dr. Stevenson holds a Ph. D. with an emphasis in Educational Administration from the the University of Iowa, a master's degree in Educational Administration from U of I, an advanced studies certificate in the superintendency from the University of Northern Iowa, a master's degree in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University, and a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from U of I. 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. She is originally from Story City and has several immediate and extended family members who work in education.
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.
Dr. Ryan has previous in teaching and in human resources, and she has spent one year as a Statistician Fellow working in the Executive Office of the President of the United States from May 2015-16.
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. He responsible for overseeing many programs and services, including: special education, 504 services, Extended Learning Program (XLP), Social-Emotional Learning, school counseling, school resource specialists, Health Services Department, Pre-K 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. He has previous experience serving students and families in a variety of other roles, including team leader of behavioral supports, program assistant for special education, professional learning and leadership consultant, and school psychologist. Mr. Cretsinger also has experience as an 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.
Mr. Cretsinger has a master’s degree and a specialist degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Mr. Cretsinger also holds a master’s degree and specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University. He also participates in several professional organizations, including: the Council for Exceptional Children, School Administrators of Iowa, Urban Education Network, the Council of Administrators of Special Education, and Upper Iowa University (UIU) Teacher Education Advisory Committee. Mr. Cretsinger has twice received the UIU Excellence In Teaching award (2011 & 2018). 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 the Director of Technology for the Marshalltown Community School District. She responsible for the technology infrastructure for Marshalltown Community School District. Mrs. Harmsen has over a decade of experience in educational technology. She arrived at MCSD from Grinnell-Newburg School District where she served as the Director of Technology.
Mrs. Harmsen's emphasis is on efficient management of student devices, as well as security. Mrs. Harmsen has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from Iowa State University. She 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. Mrs. Harmsen enjoys attending her kids’ activities and coaching volleyball for a club team.
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.