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Elementary Principal's Corner

Welcome to WACO Elementary School.  


The mission of the WACO Community School District is to develop responsible, productive citizens who view learning as a life-long process.  We strive to create a positive learning community that focuses on the academic, behavioral, emotional, and social needs of all students.


WACO Elementary is located in Crawfordsville, Iowa and houses approximately 275 students in grades PK-6 with two sections of each grade.  In addition to their regular education classroom, student participate in art, music, and physical education.  WACO is proud to offer orchestra beginning in fourth grade and band beginning in fifth grade.

Regular classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 8:10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.   


Hello! My name is Emily Settles and I am honored to be the elementary principal at WACO Elementary School. 

A bit about me - I was born and raised in Columbus Junction. I was a Wildcat until I graduated High School and moved on to be a UNI Panther. I earned my BA in Elementary Education while I was in Cedar Falls. I also minored in literacy and have a reading endorsement. After completing my undergrad, I discovered that you truly should "never say never," as I found myself back in Columbus Junction. I taught 2nd and 5th grades while at Roundy Elementary, and simultaneously worked on and completed my MA in Education Leadership through Western Illinois. In 2013-2014 I stepped into the administrative world as the 7-12 Dean of Students at Columbus. That position was unfortunately cut. I decided I wanted to continue to pursue my administrative career, which landed me in Fort Madison. While there I served as an assistant principal at the middle school for one year, followed by a year as the assistant principal at the high school, and finally 2 years as the principal at Richardson Elementary. 

While in Fort Madison I met my husband, Jon, and we were married last fall. We have two sons and a dog that keep us busy! I am also a big Hawk fan and love the outdoors. 

I am thrilled to be a Warrior and look forward to working with the students, staff, families and community here at WACO! 


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