Monticello School Board Recognition Month

     In honor of School Board Recognition Month in May, the Monticello Express will spotlight a different member of the Monticello Community School District Board of Education each week during the month.

     This week, get to know Board member Amanda Brenneman.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

     I have been blessed to live in Monticello for the past 19 years. I was born and raised in a small town in Maine and moved to Iowa after college.

     It was while in Iowa that I met my husband, Josh, and we have an 11-year-old daughter, Bailey, who is in sixth grade.

     I enjoy live music, reading, baking, and learning something new every day.

     I have the pleasure of serving others and learning their stories as a nurse practitioner at MercyCare in Marion.

How many years have you served on the board?

     One and a half.

What is the one thing you learned while on their board that you didn’t know before becoming a board member?

     I learned how great a team of board members and staff the Monticello School District has. I should not be surprised by that, but it is just great to work alongside such critical thinkers. My fellow board members are respectful and kind to one another, even with differing positions on difficult situations this past year. All of the board members put aside their personal opinions about things, and continue to keep their vision on what is best for the students, staff, and members of the Monticello community.

What advice would you give to a future board member?

     Be open to other ideas. Take in all of the opportunities you can. There is so much to learn from other board members, superintendent, business manager, and administrative assistant.

When a student graduates from Monticello High School, what skills do you expect them to have?

     I hope that each graduate will leave the district with a desire to keep learning and exploring the world. I hope they have the skills to navigate different life struggles and make solid decisions for their future. I hope each graduate will be kind, caring, respectful adults.

When thinking about the Monticello Community School District, what thoughts come to mind?

     I am proud of all the hard work that goes into the school district by the teachers and staff. They are dedicated to the lives of each student. They take into consideration their individual learning needs and personal needs.


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