January 2024

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Welcome to our new Executive Director, Terry Gladfelter!

Terry Gladfelter joined the PEI staff in July of 2017. His educational career began as a band director in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania in 1978. In 1981, he moved to Broward County, Florida, as the band director for Cooper City High School. In 1999, his career changed to administration while serving as an assistant principal at Flanagan High school in Pembroke Pines, Florida. While in Florida, he met an Iowa girl, Joan, who became his wife of now 40 years. Frequent summer trips to Iowa to visit grandma and grandpa with their four children began the Iowa connection. The family moved to Iowa in 2003, with Terry becoming the principal of Southeast Warren schools. After a brief hiatus from education in 2008, he became the administrator of Victory Christian Academy in Indianola and then joined the PEI staff in 2017.

Terry has degrees from West Chester University, Nova Southeastern University, and post graduate work from the University of Northern Iowa. He still uses his musical ability to teach students and directs the music program at the Indianola Regular Baptist Church. Outside of his PEI duties, Terry enjoys gardening, Christmas decorating, church work, and home improvement projects.

He has 4 grown children, 8 grandchildren - all Iowa residents. 

Check out the "Update from Executive Director" below for a note from Terry.

Watch your inbox for the PEI Annual Legislative Survey, to be sent later this month!


Giving Back to Our Profession

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) exists to enforce the code of professional ethics. Their precedents and decisions have tremendous impact on the state of teaching in Iowa.

Several board positions for licensed educators need to be filled, and we need to good teachers to throw their hat in the ring. Please click here for additional information and to apply for the vacancies. Even if you are not immediately selected this time around, submitting your name will keep you as a recruitment option in the system if there are more vacancies in the future.

Upon reviewing the information, PEI would be happy to discuss in more detail the duties and expectations of the position. Give us a call and thanks for your interest!



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