Johnson STEAM Academy Leader is Iowa's Elementary Principal of the Year


Candace Lynch, principal of Johnson STEAM Academy in Cedar Rapids, has been named the 2019 Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.

“Mrs. Lynch is a phenomenal choice to represent Iowa as the Elementary Principal of the Year. Her accomplishments, and those of the academy’s entire learning community, are a model of embracing the opportunities they can provide. She inspires people to see and bring out the potential in each and every child,” said SAI Executive Director Roark Horn.                   

“I am blessed to learn, work, and grow beside the most outstanding educators, students, families, and community members around. Together we have built a school community that puts our children first through igniting passions, cultivating character, and helping them to achieve their dreams in an innovative learning environment. I am beyond humbled to represent our school learning community through receiving this award,” Lynch expressed.       

She has served as the academy’s principal since 2013. Prior to that, Lynch was an elementary student support facilitator for the district. Her career began as a fourth through sixth-grade teacher. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn., a master’s in K-12 counseling from the University of Iowa, and her advanced studies certificate in administrative leadership from the University of Northern Iowa.

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