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Early Childhood Programs

Welcome to Early Childhood!

I am Leisa Breitfelder and I am excited to be the Executive Director of Student Services for the Linn-Mar School District. I received my bachelor’s degree from Loras College in 2002 with a degree in Early Childhood Special Education. My masters’ degrees are in Child Development (2005) and Educational Leadership (2014).

I began my teaching career at Linn-Mar in 2002 where I taught at Little Lions. I was the third teacher hired for Little Lions.  Boy has our program grown!  I was also able to teach general education at Linn-Mar before I became a Special Education Consultant at Grant Wood AEA.   My experience as a consultant kept me in the Linn-Mar district where I was able to work in all the elementary schools.  Prior to becoming Linn-Mar’s Executive Director of Student Services, I served as Director of Student Services for the Clear Creek Amana School District.

I have the luxury of working with some of the finest staff, students and families in the Linn-Mar District. We are Linn-Mar!

Leisa Breitfelder
Executive Director of Student Services
Learning Resource Center – Room 204
Phone (319) 447-3003


Little Lions Preschool

Children will have the opportunity to participate in a year of half-day, four day a week, school-based experience with a focus on social, emotional, behavioral growth while still supporting academics. This program utilizes Creative Curriculum, which aligns with the Iowa Early Learning Standards.  Little Lions is an inclusive preschool, meaning typically developing children and children with special needs are in a classroom together. The number of sections, the location sites, and daily schedules for these programs will be determined by the district after schools have collected the data needed for making these decisions.

Questions may be directed to:
Dianne Van Praag

(319) 447-3015
Email Dianne

Leisa Breitfelder, Executive Director of Student Services
Phone (319) 447-3003
Email Leisa

Address: 2999 N 10th Street, Marion, IA 52302
Fax: (319) 377-9252