Michael Saunders



I was born and raised in Fort Madison, Iowa. I graduated from Aquinas High School in 1986 and began my post-secondary education at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. After two years, I transferred to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education in 1991. Trina and I were married that summer and moved to the Quad-Cities. I taught 5th grade in Bettendorf, Iowa for one year and 4th grade in Clinton, Iowa for six years. I graduated from Western Illinois University with a Master's Degree in educational administration in 1997. I served as the principal of Jefferson Elementary School in Harvard, Illinois from 1998-2002 before coming to Grundy. In 2016, I completed the Superintendent Endorsement Program at Illinois State University.  The 2019-2020 school year marks my twenty ninth year in public education, seven years as a teacher and twenty two years as a principal.  Beyond the world of education, we are active members of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Groveland. Our family enjoys being involved with Sunday school, Kids church, AWANA, and youth group. In our spare time we love attending our kids’ activities, getting together with family and friends, and traveling. Trina and I have been blessed with four beautiful children.  Our daughter Katie and her husband Jacob live in Bloomington where she works as a labor and delivery nurse at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and he works as an accountant at Striegel Knobloch & Company.  Our daughter Rachel is a senior at Morton High School.  Our son Caleb is a 7th grader at Morton Junior High School.  And our son Joshua is a 4th grader at Grundy.  We love Grundy School and are very proud to call the Morton School District our home!