Superintendent’s Cabinet

Stan Rheingans
Superintendent of Schools

Stan Rheingans was named the Superintendent of the Dubuque Community School District in September 2012, making him the chief executive officer of the district. He served as the executive director of human resources for the district since 2004.The son of two public school teachers, Rheingans assumed the superintendent position after a variety of teaching and administrative roles in education including as a junior/senior high school principal, associate principal and activities directory, and dean of students. He was a social studies teacher before moving into administration. He is also a decorated military veteran, having served as a combat engineer platoon leader in the United States Army 10th Engineer Battalion in the Federal Republic of Germany and was a training and tactical operations officer in the First Armor Division in Operation Desert Storm. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star. Rheingans holds a bachelor’s degree from Loras College, a master’s degree from the University of Iowa, and a certificate of advanced studies (superintendent’s license) from the University of Northern Iowa.

Kevin Kelleher
Executive Director of Business and Finance Services

Philip Kramer
Executive Director of Human Resources

As executive director of human resources, Phil Kramer oversee all human resources operations for the over 1,800 employees in the district. This includes district-wide planning and coordination of staff recruitment, the performance evaluation system, employee relations and personnel management. Prior to this role, Kramer served as principal of Jefferson Middle School and was also  an elementary school principal for 10 years in the Western Dubuque Community School District. An educator for over 30 years, and an experienced administrator, Kramer has also served as a facilitator of gifted and talented education, a coach, and a teacher in every grade between first and eighth. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for staff hiring, supervision, professional development and evaluation. He also has experience with union negotiations as well as budget management and reporting.

Amy Hawkins
Director of Activities and Athletics

Cindy Steffens
Director of Elementary Education

As director of elementary education, Cindy Steffens in responsible for administrative oversight of PreK-5 programming in the district’s 13 elementary schools. This work will include oversight of the district’s elementary curriculum and assessment efforts, as well as planning, coordination and supervision of a comprehensive professional learning program for staff. Prior to this role, Steffens was principal of Carver Elementary School and Irving Elementary School, was a student strategist and Title I facilitator. Before moving into leadership and administrative roles, Steffens was a Title I/Reading Recovery teacher in the district and also held Title I/Reading Recovery and grade-level teaching assignments in the Andrew Community School District.

Mike Cyze
Director of School and Community Relations

Mark Burns
Director of Secondary Education

Shirley Horstman
Director of Student Services and Special Education

Coby Culbertson
Director of Technology

As the director of technology for the district, Coby Culbertson oversees all facets of the district’s comprehensive technology program from infrastructure through end-user support.