Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year Amy Denney leads Sioux City school


Amy Denney, principal of Perry Creek Elementary and Clark Early Childhood Center in Sioux City, has been named the 2020 Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.

“Congratulations to Amy Denney for being selected for this honor! She is that special principal who chooses to address issues through bold and innovative ways that ultimately benefit everyone in the building. Furthermore, she excels in developing meaningful relationships with her peers, staff, parents, and especially students. Amy epitomizes what it means to be a school leader,” said SAI Executive Director Roark Horn.                

“I am so honored to be recognized as the 2020 Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year. I am blessed to work in Iowa and the Sioux City Community School District, where I have had the opportunity to learn from the best educators and school leaders. My students, families, teachers, and staff at Perry Creek Elementary and Clark Early Childhood Center inspire me each day to be the best principal I can be. I am surrounded by the most dedicated staff who share a strong commitment to serve our students and families. As we navigate this most challenging time in education, I have so much confidence in the educators and leaders across Iowa doing whatever it takes to meet the growing needs of our students and families. Each challenge in life provides an opportunity for leadership, collaboration, and innovation. We will get through this with the support of each other and will come out stronger than before,” Denney expressed.      

She has served as the buildings' principal since 2016. Previously she served as principal at other buildings within the district beginning in 2008. Her career began as a first-grade teacher. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Morningside College and a master’s in education administration from Wayne State College.

She was nominated by her peers, selected by a committee of Iowa elementary principals, and will be recognized at the association’s annual conference. The National Association of Elementary School Principals will also honor her as a National Distinguished Principal this fall in Washington, D.C.