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June 21, 2018 Tyler Hotz gets started as Mid-Prairie activities director
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Mid-Prairie’s new assistant principal and activities director, Tyler Hotz, is starting to settle in and get acquainted with the new position.

Hotz began working for the Mid-Prairie district on June 1 and replaces Steve Hollan, who retired after this school year.

“I’m just generally excited to work in the district. I know there’s a lot of success here and I’m excited to be part of that,” Hotz said.

The Lone Tree native originally went into teaching after receiving a degree in mathematics education from the University of Northern Iowa.

For the next five years he spent time teaching at Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Pekin. He obtained his master’s from the University of Northern Iowa while teaching in the Pekin district. In 2016, Hotz was hired as the activities director and 6-12 principal for the Columbus Community School District. He said once he saw the Mid-Prairie job come open, the fit seemed natural and he wanted to put himself out there for the position.

“The Mid-Prairie job came open, a school I’m aware of and has a rich tradition of athletic and academic success,” Hotz said.

Eventually the search process narrowed the decision to Hotz and the school board voted 6-0 to approve the hire on May 14.

Now that he’s started and on the job, Hotz is using the summer to acquaint himself with the Mid-Prairie system and learn from those around him.

“I’m using the summer months to build the foundation of being organized, because when school and activities start I want to make sure everything is in line. That allows me to handle things that pop up,” Hotz said.

He isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, saying the first year on the job he’s hoping to absorb as much information about the way things are done and keep the status quo for now.

“I’m not trying to come in and change a bunch of things. The first year or two I’m trying to learn what has worked in the past and work with the individuals involved and then we can look for ways to improve things,” Hotz said.

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