Urbandale Educator Selected Iowa Assistant Principal of the Year


Tim Carver, associate principal at Urbandale High School, is the 2015-16 Iowa Assistant Principal of the Year as named by School Administrators of Iowa.

“As a leader, Tim Carver is recognized for his commitment to all students. Not only has he created a process for all to display their learning progress, he is a strong advocate for students who are at risk of dropping out, and identifies ways to help them continue their education. He is also known for his work with Quality and Continual Improvement as shown throughout the school with the use of data and goal setting,” expressed SAI Executive Director Roark Horn.

Recipients are selected using the Iowa Standards for School Leaders, which focus on

  • a vision of learning;
  • the presence of a school culture and instructional program that is beneficial to student learning and staff professional development;
  • a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment;
  • work with parents and the community;
  • fairness, integrity and ethics; and
  • an understanding of the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context in which we operate.

Carver commented on the award, “This humbling honor is shared with the entire Urbandale High School team, and I feel it has come about as a result of our team's focus on learning and commitment to building positive relationships. I also want say ‘thank you’ to SAI for their support of leaders in Urbandale and across the state in our work to continuously improve education. Likewise, I am grateful to be a member of the Urbandale Community School District where quality and continual improvement are the driving force behind all we do within our system.”

A committee of Iowa assistant principals selected Carver for the award. He will be recognized at a State Capitol ceremony in May 2016 and at SAI's Annual Conference August 3, 2016. As Iowa’s recipient, Carver is a candidate for National Assistant Principal of the Year, an award sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He will have an opportunity to attend the organization’s national conference and be recognized at the event.

Carver has served as a principal with the Urbandale District since 2005. He began his career teaching speech and English at Winterset Community School District. Carver has a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Eastern Illinois University, a master’s degree in education from Iowa State University and a specialist’s degree in education from Drake University.

SAI, a statewide organization founded in 1987, represents more than 1,800 Iowa educational administrators. SAI's mission is to support, encourage and develop Iowa’s educational leaders and learners.