Welcome to Emerson Elementary

Welcome to Emerson Elementary School! The students, parents and staff of Emerson are proud of our learning community!


My name is Mark Timmerman, and it is an honor to serve as principal of Emerson Elementary School, part of the Indianola Community School District.


At Emerson, you will find a collaborative school culture that is focused on, and dedicated to, the learning of each student. Emerson is fortunate to have a top-notch, professional staff that works tirelessly to facilitate the success of all of our students.  Students and staff teach and learn about how to be safe, responsible, and respectful learners each and every day. Our staff is committed to ensuring that every individual has a beautiful experience when they enter the doors to Emerson Elementary.


I am amazed at the support of our families and the resources provided by the community. It is this partnership that helps turn aspirations into action and visions into reality. I am honored to serve alongside the staff, students and families of Emerson.


On a personal note, I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1993 with a degree in elementary education. My teaching career began in Lake Mills, Iowa where I taught third and fifth grade and was a head coach at the middle and high school levels for a combined thirteen years. In 2005 I earned my masters degree in Educational Leadership from Winona State University and became K-6 Principal in Earlham, Iowa.  In 2008 I began serving the students, staff and families of Emerson Elementary in Indianola. I earned my Educational Specialist degree with Superintendent endorsement from Drake University in 2010. Additionally, in 2013 I earned a certification for English Language Learner Leadership from William Penn University. I have served as ELL coordinator for the Indianola School District since 2008. I have enjoyed my 11 years in Indianola very much and look forward to continued collaboration with our Emerson students, staff and families.


In closing, I invite you to please feel free to visit our school. We would love to share the collective teaching and learning that is happening at Emerson Elementary on a daily basis. If you have any questions I can be contacted at 515-961-9550.




Mark Timmerman

K-5 Principal

Emerson Elementary School