Meet Kristel Spike
This is my second year as principal of St. Augustin Catholic School, and I could not be more excited to lead such an extraordinary community. Prior to accepting this role, I taught middle school mathematics for six years and worked closely with the former principal, Dr. Nancy O’Neill Dowdle who served our school community for 32 years.
In May 2018, I received my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Creighton University. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in mathematics and reading from Iowa State University.
About My Family:
I grew up on a farm in Perry, Iowa with my parents (Dave and Sharon) and three, older sisters (Tina, Sarah, and Rachel). My husband, Nicholas is a teacher in the Physical Education department at Dowling Catholic High School; he is also the Head Boy's Swim Coach.
What I Enjoy Doing Outside of School:
I spend a lot of time with my family; I have twelve, sweet nieces and nephews. I enjoy baking. I like to play sports and stay active. I cheer for the Iowa State Cyclones and the Chicago Cubs. I have two Goldendoodle dogs, Flynn and Rex, who also fill my time.
What I Enjoy Most About St. Augustin Catholic School:
I enjoy and appreciate the relationships that I have built and will continue to build with school stakeholders. The students are kindhearted, hard-working, and great story-tellers; I love celebrating their many successes throughout the school year. The faculty and staff are dedicated, collaborative, and innovative. The parents and guardians at St. Augustin Catholic School are supportive, caring, and very involved in school happenings and events. I’m also very grateful to work closely with Father Pisut and the parish staff; they have been so welcoming and helpful.