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Dear Members of the Fort Madison Community School District,
Thank you for the opportunity to lead and serve the Fort Madison school district. My name is Erin Slater and I am your new superintendent. My vision of a school district superintendent is an instructional leader with high integrity who collaborates with others in order to help make the best decisions for kids.
I was born and raised in Algona, Iowa and am the second oldest of five children. I graduated from the University of Iowa and completed student teaching and substitute teaching in the Minneapolis Public Schools. I was hired as a first year teacher in the West Aurora School District 129 located in Aurora, Illinois. I served the district from 1991-2014 as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of elementary education and director of Pre K-12 curriculum and instruction. I worked with amazing educators and leaders. During this time, I completed my Master of Science Degree in Education in 1995 and my Educational Specialist degree with Superintendent’s Endorsement at Northern Illinois University in 2010. In 2014, I was hired as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in DuPage County School District 45 located in Villa Park, Illinois. I was privileged to work with talented leadership teams of school board members, administrators, teachers, support staff and community members.
Personally, I have been married for twenty-four years to my husband, Scott, who was born and raised in Quincy, Illinois. We have three wonderful children. Our twin daughters, Hannah and Madeline will be starting their freshman year in the biomedical engineering honors program at the University of Iowa this fall. Our son, Max will be an incoming freshman at Fort Madison High School.
I am learning a lot about the communities of Augusta, Denmark, Fort Madison, Houghton, Pilot Grove, St. Paul, Sawyer, West Point and Wever. I am looking forward to continuing to get to know the staff, students and communities that make up the Fort Madison Community School District.
As we move forward into the 2016-2017 school year, I would like to publically thank the staff who retired this past spring. Our congratulations to:

  • Pat Boyd CLC Secretary
  • Janice Burch Director of Student Services
  • Margie Garmoe Clerical Associate
  • Joe Harmon English Instructor
  • Linda Litterer CLC Instructor
  • Kenneth Marang Superintendent
  • Susan Meredith Class Associate
  • Jane Peck 5 th/6th Grade Teacher
  • Karen Woodruff 5 th/6th Grade Teacher

Their years of service to the Fort Madison Community School District are appreciated! We wish them the best of luck in their new adventures.
My leadership priorities this year include making connections and building relationships with the communities that make up the Fort Madison Community School District. I value the relationships with our stakeholders. This also includes continuing to build visibility and connections with outside entities including representing the FMCSD at leadership and networking meetings through the Great Prairie Area Education Association.
I strongly believe in a shared vision between the board of directors, the superintendent, administrators, teachers, staff and community for the school district to maximize student learning. As a part of this vision, I strongly encourage you to become involved in our bond referendum project. Our goal is to provide students with a safe, secure environment with engaging learning spaces. Our two elementary facilities fall short of this goal. The elementary students in this district deserve a safe, secure facility with engaging learning spaces that mirror the high quality instruction for our students’ future.
Once again, I thank you for the opportunity to lead and serve the Fort Madison Community School District.
Erin M. Slater, Ed.S.
Superintendent of Schools