DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Thursday Dr. Ann Lebo as director of the Iowa Department of Education. Lebo will assume her duties Friday, March 13.
“Having served as an instructor, school administrator, Iowa Board of Educational Examiners executive director and on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, among other roles, Dr. Ann Lebo has a broad depth of experience in Iowa’s education system,” Reynolds said in a press statement.
“I am grateful to the Governor for the opportunity to serve the state of Iowa and our greatest gift to the future, which is our schools,” Lebo said. “I am excited about what lies ahead for education in Iowa.”
The directorship became available when Director Ryan Wise accepted the position of dean of the School of Education at Drake University. Wise was appointed director in 2015 by former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.
Lebo has served as executive Director of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners since 2016. She was previously a secondary school principal in Grundy Center, an adjunct faculty member in education and leadership at Waldorf University and Iowa’s chief talent officer for the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Lebo began her professional career an athletic coach and English instructor at the secondary and postsecondary levels for 17 years and worked in the private sector for five years. She also served on the statewide Teacher Leadership and Compensation Task Force in 2012 and was appointed to the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council in 2017.
Lebo holds an Ed.D. and Ed.S. both in educational administration, a M.A. in English language and literature, a B.A. in English education and a B.A. in speech communication.