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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

  • The Power of Teaching and Learning
    Over the past several months there have been numerous conversations at the local, state, and national levels regarding whether or not certain parameters should be placed on what curriculum materials may or may not not be used to …
  • Looking Forward, Because Looking Back is Still A Little Scary!
    Today is the last day of the school year, a date that looked so far out in the distance when we started school on August 23rd.  Check that, we didn’t start school until August 30th because Iowa decided …
  • The Class of 2021: What Was Lost, What Was Gained
    With each passing day it appears that we are slowly moving through the COVID-19 pandemic, and by this time next year we all hope that it is a distant memory.  At this time last year, each day I …

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