Superintendent Dr. Dirk Halupnik
Dr. Halupnik received his bachelor’s degree in biology with a coaching minor from the University of Northern Iowa. He began his teaching career in Dike, Iowa, as a 7-12 science teacher and coach. When the school became Dike-New Hartford, he continued his career as a 9-12 science teacher and coach. He later served at Cedar Falls High School where he taught AP biology, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology; and coached varsity football, track, and baseball. After earning his master’s degree from UNI in educational leadership, he joined the Linn- Mar Community School District in Marion, Iowa, where he served as Associate Principal, Executive Director of Instructional Services, and Deputy Superintendent. During this time he completed his advanced studies certificate and earned his doctoral degree from UNI.
Throughout his career, Dr. Halupnik has worked hard to promote a positive school culture and climate that reflects a strong student-centered educational philosophy and actively includes students, staff, administrators, parents, and the community. Dr. Halupnik cites working with people and building relationships as his greatest strength. It is his goal to continue to develop a learning community that is focused on promoting the success of all students, is open and conducive to meaningful change, and is constantly looking towards improvement and innovation.
Dr. Halupnik is married with two sons, ages 22 and 18. His mother, father, grandmother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, and numerous other family members have all been educators. He has served as a mentor to several prospective administrators, and has enjoyed watching those groups succeed. His favorite leadership quote is, “Leaders only succeed when those around them have success.”