Toby Young of MMCRU is 2023 Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year


Toby Young, preschool through eighth grade principal with MMCRU Community School District in Remsen, has been named the 2023 Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.

“Caring, straightforward, visionary, organized and mentor are a few of the words that describe award recipient Toby Young. He is an exceptional leader and an excellent choice by his peers as this year’s Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year. Toby leads with his heart and makes decisions based on what is best for students. He understands how important it is for educators to take care of themselves before they can take care of others,” commented SAI Executive Director Lisa Remy.

Young reflected upon receiving the award, “Thank you to SAI for the honor of Middle Level Principal of the Year for 2023. I've had the opportunity to work with and learn from so many great educators through SAI and from the school districts I've been a part of in my 20-year educational career. In my current role as PK-8 Principal at MMCRU for the last 10 years, I've been blessed to serve and lead a wonderful district, while working with outstanding teachers, students, support staff and communities. I look forward to many more years serving this great district! Go Royals!”

Young’s career in education began as a K-12 physical education teacher with the Farragut Community School District. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Northwest Missouri State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

A committee of Iowa middle level principals selected Young, and he will be recognized at the association’s Annual Conference in August.

Learn more about the Administrator of the Year awards