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May 24, 2022

New Crocker Principal Announcement

BRANDONHARGENSAnkeny Community School District is pleased to announce Mr. Brandon Hargens as the new principal for Crocker Elementary School. Brandon is currently the School Administration Manager at Ashland Ridge Elementary.

Mr. Hargens previously served as the SAM for Prairie Trail Elementary and Southeast Elementary. Prior to joining the Ankeny Community School District, Brandon taught for five years in the West Des Moines school district.

“Brandon’s proven leadership within our district make him an excellent choice to lead Crocker Elementary,” said Dr. Erick Pruitt, Superintendent of Schools. “He is widely known for his devotion to positive outcomes for his students, but also for his ability to collaborate with his peers to develop improvement efforts and to create a positive school environment.”

Brandon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Drake University.

“I’m truly humbled and honored stepping into this role teaming with the Crocker community,” said Mr. Hargens. “I am excited to support our diverse students, dedicated staff and passionate families. I promise to create lasting relationships ensuring all students will receive high levels of learning while feeling unique and valued. Through our collaboration and partnership, we will maintain the excellence Crocker provides to all students. I look forward to meeting each of you and serving this community to ensure equitable outcomes.”

Mr. Hargens will officially begin his duties July 1.