Rod Chamberlin retires as JHS Principal
By Cheryl Parker

Rod Chamberlin is retiring after serving 16 years as principal of Jesup High School. He will be remembered for his focus on “students first.”

He grew up on a farm, but he, his brother, and his sister all became math teachers. He chuckled as he recalled the time that, unbeknownst to each other, all three applied for the same job at Center Point! When he called to follow up on the job interview, there was only one question: “How are you related to these other two Chamberlins?” His brother ended up getting the job “which was probably for the best,” says Rod; his sister taught math at Dubuque Wahlert.

Chamberlin earned his BS degree from Buena Vista College in 1983 and began his teaching career at Crestland of Early/Nemaha. He taught 9-12 math and coached baseball, girls basketball and football. He went on to Schaller/Crestland where he again taught high school math and coached softball, baseball, and girls basketball.

He received his masters degree in School Administration in 1994 from the University of Northern Iowa. He moved to the Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne School where he served as high school principal and also the Transportation Director and head softball coach. In 1997 he became the 7-12 principal at Pleasantville and served there for five years before coming to Jesup in 2002. While at Jesup, he also coached middle school boys basketball from 2008-10.
Chamberlin is excited to be retiring, and plans to do more golfing and fishing, as well as pursuing ducks and geese. He hopes to continue to be involved with the school by driving bus for activities, etc. He is a big Cubs fan and already has plans to follow them to Pittsburgh and Kansas City this year. His wife, Kathy, will be teaching kindergarten at Jesup one more year before she retires.

“I just can’t thank my family enough,” says Chamberlin. He reflected upon his time in Jesup, and the many good relationships he has had here:

“I want to thank the community for your support over these past 16 years. I have been fortunate to work with a tremendous staff and awesome students/parents. I feel truly blessed to have been a principal in this district.”

“I want to thank my staff as well as former staff members for their support and dedication to the profession. You have always been willing to give it a try when I came up with my hair-brain ideas. It has been awesome to work with a staff who put the education of students first.”

“I want to thank the secretaries that I have worked with over the years. Without you, I would not have been able to accomplish all the things that I wanted to keep our school moving forward.”

“I want to thank my fellow administrators for your support and conversations over the years. It has been a pleasure to work alongside of you. I, also, want to thank past and present school board members.”

“I want to thank the many students I have had over the years. It has been a privilege to be your principal and you have all added to my many memories that I will take with me. You will see me at ballgames and other school activities.”

Rod and Kathy Chamberlin are parents to JHS grads Katelyn and Shawn. Katelyn lives in Des Moines where she does marketing with Simmons Financial Group. Shawn will be a senior at UNI where he is pursuing a career in exercise science.
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