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Principal's Message

Welcome!  My name is Kristi Mixdorf and I am proud to serve as your child’s principal here at Central Elementary.

On a personal note, I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1995 with a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.  My teaching career started in Des Moines, where I taught both Preschool and Kindergarten.  I then served the Ankeny Community School District for 13 years as both a classroom teacher and an Instructional Coach.  I previously supported the North Polk Community School District as the Director of Teaching and Learning.  I most recently served the Ames Community School District as both an Elementary Principal and Director of Teaching and Learning.  While serving in these various roles of the school system, I obtained two master’s degrees; one in the area of teaching and learning, and the second in Educational Administration from Viterbo University.  

At Central, you will find a collaborative school culture that is focused on and dedicated to the learning of each student.  The Central Elementary team is comprised of teachers, associates and support staff who are dedicated to meeting the needs of all students emotionally, socially and academically.  We will strive to provide a positive learning environment, implement best practices, and continually learn from each other in our Professional Learning Community.  Our important professional work will center on these guiding questions:

  • What do we want students to learn?

  • How will we know if they have learned it?

  • How will we respond if they haven’t learned it or have already learned it?

Central is fortunate to have a top-notch professional staff that works tirelessly to ensure the success of all of its students.  I am also amazed at the support of our families and the resources provided by the community.  It is this partnership that helps turn aspirations into action and visions into reality. I am honored to serve alongside the staff, students and families here at Central.


Kristi Mixdorf

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Ms. Kristi Mixdorf
Central Elementary