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New Principals Named for Linn Grove Elementary and Echo Hill Elementary


Lori Manley

Lori Manley will be the new Principal at Linn Grove Elementary

CJ McDonald

C.J. McDonald will be the new Principal at Echo Hill Elementary











The Linn-Mar Community School District is proud to announce two new elementary principals for the 2020-21 school year!

Mrs. Manley will succeed Chad Buchholz, who was previously named Principal for Hazel Point Intermediate. Manley is a graduate of Linn-Mar High School. She holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and a Master of Art in Teaching/Professional Educator. Manley currently serves as an Instructional Coach at Wilkins Elementary. She began her teaching career in 1999 and has previously taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and elementary Talented and Gifted students at Center Point-Urbana and Linn-Mar Community Schools.

“I have been fortunate to be a part of the Linn-Mar community for most of my life as a teacher, educator and parent. I am so excited to be joining the Linn Grove family and look forward to being a part of the great things that are happening there.” – Lori Manley 

Mr. McDonald will become the second principal at Echo Hill following Dan Ludwig, who was previously named Principal for Boulder Peak Intermediate. McDonald is also a Linn-Mar graduate and holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning. McDonald began his career as a high school social studies instructor at Linn-Mar and currently serves an Associate Principal and Athletic Director at Oak Ridge Middle School.

“As a lifelong Linn-Mar Lion, I am honored to join the Echo Hill team.  I am excited to continue the tradition of excellence that the Echo Hill staff has created!’  C.J. McDonald 

In making the announcement, Linn-Mar Superintendent Shannon Bisgard said, “Lori and C.J. will be excellent leaders for their schools. I think this is a true testament to the great people we have within the district, as well as the leadership opportunities that our system provides for up and coming leaders.” 

The new principals will work with the current administrators in the coming months to allow for smooth transitions. They will officially begin their new positions on July 1st, pending board approval.