The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


June 28, 2014

Meet Your Neighbor: Theresa Zahs

CLINTON — Jefferson Elementary School’s new principal, Theresa Zahs, has always wanted to be an educator.

As a child, growing up in Platteville, Wisconsin, she wanted to be a teacher. As Theresa became older, this dream changed into one of being a guidance counselor and eventually a school principal. When she saw a chance to do just that in Clinton, she knew her dream would be a reality.

Receiving her bachelor’s degree at Luther College, she continued with her eduction for a master’s degree in school guidance and counseling and certificate in administrative and education leadership. For the past five years, she has been living and working in Des Moines as a counselor and dean of students at a public elementary school.

Now she and her husband of four years, Adam, are temporarily moving into an apartment in LeClaire while looking at homes in Clinton. While her first day is Tuesday, she has visited the school six times and has been exploring the community. This past Wednesday night, she took a walk along the river.

“I’m just really excited to be here and make a life here,” Theresa said.

In her spare time, she enjoys running and reading and describes herself as a very social person. She is looking forward to getting to know all of the students and staff at Jefferson. She added that she knows there are a lot of great things going on at the school and wants to move forward to allow each student to reach his or her fullest potential.

“I’m just ready to get my feet wet,” Theresa said. “I’ve been waiting for July 1 ever since I was offered the job in February.

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