Hemann dubbed as Spencer school's new leader

Saturday, April 9, 2011 ~ Updated 11:12 AM
Terry Hemann

And then there was one.

Saturday morning, after nearly 90 minutes of deliberation, the Spencer school board selected Terry Hemann, superintendent of Mineral Point (Wis.) Unified School District, as the successor to outgoing Superintendent Greg Ebeling.

"He was the strongest candidate in all categories," School Board President Todd Korbitz said when announcing Hemann as the new head administrator of the district. "He presented himself very well in the interview process. He answered all of our questions very thoroughly and really illustrated he would be a good leader to continue on the path that we've been going through in achieving greater student performance."

Korbitz identified Hemann's personality and ability to work well with others as his biggest strength.

"He's very dynamic in his personality and being able to work with different kinds of people and really including his staff in terms of making decisions and really delegating effectively in order to move those decisions forward and making sure objectives are met," Korbitz continued. "It's not a top-down approach; it's a collaborative approach that includes everybody being on the same page."

Hemann is anxious to start a new chapter in Spencer.

"I was very excited, very relieved," he said of the phone call offering him the job. "It's been a very thorough process which I commend the Spencer school board and community for doing their due diligence and selecting their new superintendent."

Hemann is especially looking forward to returning to northwest Iowa.

"I'm originally from Emmetsburg and graduated from there back in the mid 80s," he said. "My parents, brother and sister live in the Emmetsburg. I also have a lot of friends and contacts in the Spencer area."

Furthermore, he believes he will be able to achieve his professional goals in the district.

"One is to work at a school district with a solid and complete administrative team," he said. "And to work in a sound school district that has outstanding community support was very attractive. Spencer is very unique in the great amount of support and concerns for quality education."

With a start date of July 1, Hemann has some logistics to work through in bringing his wife Tessa -- also an educator -- and their three young children to the area.

"We're just happy to be moving to a really impressive community with a very quality school system," he concluded.

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