Zach Dillavou of Forest City is Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year


Zach Dillavou, Forest City Middle School principal, has been named the 2021 Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.

“Congratulations to Zach Dillavou for being selected by his peers as Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year! Zach is a model of what every school leader aspires to be: influential, impactful and inspirational. He figures out ways to help all his staff reach each student, creating a culture where learning flourishes at all times,” said SAI Executive Director Roark Horn.

Described by colleagues as a decision-maker, collaborator, visionary and courageous leader, he has led major initiatives in 1:1 laptop distribution to students full-scale in 2011, a focus on literacy and standards-based learning.

Dillavou has been in his current role since 2008, he previously served as high school associate principal/activities director beginning in 2004. He began his teaching career as a fifth grade teacher at Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School District. He received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Buena Vista University and his master’s degree in educational leadership from Drake University.

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

Learn more about the Administrator of the Year awards