MARCUS - When Michael Rundall interviewed for his first job as a high school principal, it took him just a very few seconds to get in the groove of what he carries in his heart--to be one of the finest administrators and so all those who enter Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School know he has their back.
Rundall was raised in Illinois. His parents are electrical engineers, although he noted his father had recently changed his career by becoming a registered nurse which he finds satisfying. Rundall has one sibling, a brother, who works with disabled adults.
Rundall attended the University of Northern Iowa to earn a degree in Social Science Education before going on to Iowa State University to complete the Education Administration Program, which he completed this spring. He has taught in the Cherokee Community School district and the Galva-Holstein Community School District.
Rundall has extensive knowledge utilizing technology and computers which includes Smart boards, Podcasting, Blogging, Moodle, Goodle Applications and Website designs. He is computer literate being well versed with the usage of Microsoft Windows and Apple MacIntosh operating systems as well as Microsoft Office Suite, Power school, Power Grade and JMC School Management Software.
Rundall and his wife Jennifer have provided homes for foster children and are presently in the process of adopting a child. Jennifer has been employed as manager of Buena Vista County Extension. She is well versed in speaking Spanish. They will be seeking a home to buy or rent in Marcus.
Rundall likes to travel and check out historical sites. He is an avid reader. He is an enthusiastic Chicago Cub baseball fan and a Chicago Bear football fan. He keeps track of Northern Iowa as well where he played tuba in the marching band there. Bowling is another favorite activity for him.
Why jump from the classroom to administrator? He wants to perform the management side of education. Rundall wants to maximize the environment for a positive education and he sees a need to get the most out of money spent as all budgets are tightening.
"I am a life-long learner and I'm eager to begin this journey with a lot of enthusiasm. I enjoy meeting students and their parents. I'll do what I can to enhance the environment of MMC and give support to the teaching staff. I have been impressed with the building and the strength of the district. The one guarantee I'll give to the district is that I have a strong work ethic and I believe that all students can achieve at high levels with a positive reinforced learning environment. We will maximize student achievement. When the school bell rings, I'll be ready to go," beamed Rundall.
Rundall noted that he and his wife want to be an integral part of the MMC community as well as the school. He will be busy learning many names and getting