Superintendent Steve Westerberg
I am very excited to be here in Big Lake and to have the opportunity to help lead Big Lake Schools. This is a great professional and personal opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to helping the District become an even better place for students to learn and teachers to teach.My wife, Nancy, and I are both farm kids who grew up in the north central Iowa town of Forest City, which is located 30 miles south of Albert Lea. Yes, Iowegians! We’re both proud of our Scandinavian heritage.
I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with social science and coaching degrees and began my career in education at a very small school district in southeast Iowa. My second teaching position was in a community 30 miles west of Ames, which provided me the opportunity to complete a master’s degree in education administration from Iowa State University. My first administrative position was as a secondary (6-12) principal in a small district about an hour south of Fairmont. I also served as the activities director, taught two classes and became the substitute bus driver during spring planting and fall harvest. I served as a high school principal in Denison, Iowa for 21 years before moving into the superintendency. The last five years I have served as superintendent in Oelwein, Iowa.
Nancy and I have three adult children and we spent 17 years as foster parents. During those years, we had 90 children stay in our home for anywhere from a few days up to two years. This was a wonderful experience and has provided us several life-long friends.
I believe educating young people is one of life’s most important works. I look forward to the opportunity of continuing this work here in Big Lake.Sincerely,Superintendent Westerberg