Dallas Center-Grimes Educator is Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year


Lori Phillips, principal of Meadows in the Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District, has been named the 2020 Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.

In describing Meadows, Phillips expressed, “Our ‘Wow Factor’ at Meadows is the people—both students and staff. Every day our teachers strive to surprise and delight their students by engaging them in high-level tasks that encourage problem-solving, decision-making and creativity. Our teachers focus on educating the whole child by fostering their academic growth as well as their social-emotional well-being. Meadows is certainly a magical place to be, and I feel extremely fortunate to be the leader of this amazing school!” 

“Congratulations to Dr. Phillips on her award! She has long been one of Iowa’s innovative leaders, willing to model embracing change for students’ benefit. She radiates her love for students—I challenge anyone to spend five minutes with her and not be inspired by the power of her positive leadership,” said SAI Executive Director Roark Horn.

Phillips has been a middle school principal in the district since 2005, previously serving as middle level principal in Eagle Grove. Her career in education began as a high school English teacher in Pleasantville. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English education from Iowa State University, a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Iowa, a specialist’s in educational leadership from Drake University and a doctorate in educational leadership from ISU.

A committee of Iowa middle level principals selected Phillips, and she will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the State Capitol in May and the association’s Annual Conference in August.