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Dr. Greg Batenhorst Superintendent

Dr. Batenhorst is in his fourth year as superintendent in the Mount Vernon Community School District, and in his thirty-seventh year in service to youth.  During his career Dr. Batenhorst has also served as a teacher, coach, adolescent mental health therapist, school counselor, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and adjunct college professor. He has served in schools and districts both large and small, public and private, and has served in small communities and large cities.  Dr. Batenhorst continues to live and lead by the mantra of being “all in for all kids all the time.”

Dr. Batenhorst has been married for thirty-three years to his wife, Mary Lou.  Mary Lou is a lifetime educator as well, having taught for thirty-five years at the high school, college, and middle school level. She is currently teaching English at both Cornell College and Kirkwood Community College. 

The Batenhorst household is completely focused on and run by a ten-pound miniature dachshund named Sadie, who also has the honor of being the cutest puppy in Mount Vernon. 

Recent Superintendent’s Blog Posts

  • A Message of Thanks
    During staff meetings at the beginning of this school year, we discussed the importance of social-emotional learning, and the need to support our students emotionally so that they may thrive academically.  In the past few weeks, I have …
  • School Improvement Advisory Committee Meets With the Community
    On October 25th, the MVCSD School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) invited community members to join in a conversation on the District’s school improvement efforts. A small but mighty group engaged in conversation throughout the evening on important topics …
  • Coming Home
    The great poet Robert Frost once shared that, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” Every year when Homecoming time comes around I reflect back on the first …

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