District / Valley Admin

Micah Gearhart, Valley PK - 8 Principal

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Welcome to NFV MS and Valley Elementary.   We appreciate your time looking through our improved website.    I am privileged to serve as the NFV MS Principal and Valley Elementary Principal.    I graduated from Wartburg College with a degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in mathematics and coaching.   I received my Master's degree in Educational Administration from Mankato State University.   I have taught a variety of grade levels including 7th grade math, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and a 2nd/3rd grade multiage.  I have also had a variety of administrative roles depending on the district needs including special education coordinator, curriculum coordinator, and building principal.    I believe that working together we can accomplish and overcome any obstacle and am fortunate to work at a place that puts the students first.

Carole Nading, Supt/Board Secretary/Shared Transportation Director

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Valley Community School District

23493 Canoe Rd

Elgin, IA  52141


Phone:  563-426-5501

Fax:  563-426-5502


Betsy Nefzger, Curriculum Director

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Mrs. Nefzger graduated from University of Iowa in 2000 and received her Master's in Education Leadership with a Special Education Endorsement in 2006.  She served as a building principal for 6 years at Valley previous to the current position as Curriculum Director for NFV.

Sue Thoms, NFV & Valley Board Secretary

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Sue Thoms has been the Board Secretary/Treasurer at North Fayette since September 2001. Sue and her husband, Jeff, live on an acreage south of Fayette with their 4 children - Emily, Tyler, Hanna, and Derek. Sue was previously the Board Secretary at West Central in Maynard as well as the Financial Aid Director at Upper Iowa.

Duane Willhite, Superintendent

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Mr. Willhite is originally from Orangeville, IL and graduated from Central College in Pella with a BA in Biology and Secondary Education. He taught High School Biology at Spring Valley, MN for 5 years and Sheffield for 9 years. He earned his Masters in Administration from Drake University and Certificate of Advanced studies in Superintendency from the University of Northern Iowa.
He was the High School Principal at Denver, IA from 1995 - 2003 and Supt. at Lynnville-Sully from 2003 - 2010.