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 2021-2022 school year marks my 31st year in public education, 7 years as a teacher and 24 years as a principal.  Beyond the world of education, we are active members of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Groveland. I serve on the deacon board and our kids are involved in the children and youth programs. 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 sophomore at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ studying exercise science.  Our son Caleb is a freshman at Morton High School.  And our son Joshua is a 6th grader at Grundy.  We love Grundy School and are very proud to call the Morton School District our home!