Michael Saunders

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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 2023-2024 school year marks my 33rd year in public education, 7 years as a teacher and 26 years as a principal.  Beyond the world of education, we are actively involved at Cornerstone Baptist Church, enjoy attending our kids' activities, and love spending time with family and friends. Trina and I have been blessed with four beautiful children.  Our daughter Katie and her husband Jacob live in Normal, IL where she works as a labor and delivery nurse at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and he works as an accountant at State Farm Insurance Company.  They have a two-year-old son named Eli. Our daughter Rachel is a senior at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ studying exercise science.  Our son Caleb is a junior at Morton High School and participates in soccer and track.  And our son Joshua is an 8th grader at Morton Junior High School and participates in cross country, band, and track.  We love Grundy School and are very proud to call the Morton School District our home!