Cardinal Elementary Principal & Fairfield Graduate Heather Buckley Named Finalist For Principal Of The Year

Cardinal Community School District’s Elementary Principal and Fairfield High School Graduate, Heather Buckley, was a nominee for the 2021 Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year award sponsored by the School Administrators of Iowa. “We are pleased to recognize school leaders who provide high-quality learning opportunities for students in Iowa” said Roark Horn, SAI executive director.

Buckley was one of three finalists for the award. She was nominated for her achievements leading a state-recognized preschool program, managing a more than 200 student increase in enrollment over the past seven years, and for Cardinal Elementary’s ranking as a “high performing school” for the last two years on the Iowa School Report Card.

“Heather is a servant leader who cares deeply about her students, families and staff,” Cardinal CSD Superintendent Joel Pedersen said of the recognition. “We are thankful for her expertise leading
our elementary team.” Buckley has been an elementary principal for Cardinal CSD since 2014. Before that, she worked as the district’s curriculum director.

“Heather’s focus on relationships with our stakeholders serves as the foundation for every decision she makes as a principal,” Pedersen said. “She possesses the rare leadership ability to expect
excellence while promoting a positive culture.”


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