Welcome to Runnells Elementary

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My name is Jake Bartels, and I am the Principal of Runnells Elementary.

I have worked for Southeast Polk Schools since 2005 as a Teacher, Instructional Coach and Assistant Principal/Activities Director. I am a 1996 graduate of Southeast Polk and currently reside in Runnells with my wife Christy, a Teacher Librarian and former Runnells Elementary teacher, and my two kids Emmett and Elyse. My undergraduate work was completed at the University of Northern Iowa and my master’s with Iowa State University.  

I believe that relationships are the cornerstone to a quality educational experience for all involved and I look forward to growing these relationships.  I am thankful to work at such a great school with a tremendous staff.