By Celine Klosterman
IOWA CITY — A former teacher and assistant principal at Regina Junior/Senior High is now the school’s principal.
On April 24, Regina’s board of education unanimously approved hiring Glenn Plummer. He had been serving as interim principal since Dave Krummel resigned in late February.
Plummer has worked for 11 years at Regina, which initially hired him as a math teacher. At the encouragement of former Regina principal Ray Pechous, Plummer earned a master’s degree in educational administration from St. Ambrose University in Davenport. He went on to become Regina’s director of student services, a position whose title later changed to assistant principal.
A native of Camanche, he earned a bachelor’s degree in math with a teaching endorsement from the University of Iowa. He then taught junior/senior high math in Lone Tree for two years before coming to Regina.
During his first few months at the Catholic school, he said, “I realized how special this place was. I commented to my wife that I could stay here for the rest of my career… My thoughts really haven’t changed except for feeling stronger and stronger about this place. I wanted to become principal to give back to this community what they’ve given to me.”
Plummer’s qualifications and administrative experience at Regina put him head and shoulders above the other candidates for principal, President Lee Iben said. “He knows all the families and the students,” which is important for an effective administrator, Iben added.
A search committee of about a dozen Regina community members recommended the board of education choose Plummer.
“I feel blessed people have the confidence in me to take this position,” he said. “I’m thankful for all the support I’ve received so far, and I’m looking forward to challenge.”
Plummer’s wife, Melissa, is an administrative assistant in the admissions office at the University of Iowa College of Law. The couple has a 2-year-old daughter, Liviana, and a son, Trajan, who will begin preschool at Regina next year.