Welcome to Emerson Elementary

It is with great excitement to write this letter of introduction to you as the Principal of Emerson Elementary School.  I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such persevering students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community.  I feel very fortunate to be part of this school and to support the students and families.

This is my 14th year in the Indianola Community School District. I have worked with students ranging in age from Kindergarten through High School in a variety of roles. I taught 1st Grade at Irving Elementary, 3rd Grade at Emerson Elementary, and served as the interim Principal at Emerson during the 2017-18 school year. Most recently, I have served as the Assistant Activities Director.  I am thrilled to bring my skills as an educational leader to Emerson Elementary School and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.

On a personal note, my wife, Christina, and I have lived in Indianola for over 15 years. Christina is a math support teacher at Indianola Middle School. We have three kids, Owen (11), will be a 6th grader at Indianola Middle School, Lucas (8), will be a 3rd grader at Emerson and Lauren (4), will be in preschool at Whittier. We love Indianola and all this community offers. We are proud to be part of the Indianola Community School District, one with proud traditions and unlimited possibilities by providing rich learning experiences for all students.

I view education as a life-long process and expect I will continue to learn much about the uniqueness of Emerson this year and in the years to come. Most importantly, I bring a belief that students are at the center of all school-related decisions.  I am excited to unite my experience, my openness to learn, and my child-centered approach to support our students.  Because the relationships between families and the school are vital to the success of our students, I encourage you to become involved in every way possible.  I look forward to meeting you soon!

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



Jon Fitzpatrick

K-5 Principal

Emerson Elementary School