Dr. Anthony Voss
Room: Superintendent | Phone: 319.988.3233 | Hours: 8:00 - 5:00
Dr. Anthony D. Voss holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clarke University in Dubuque where he majored in music education, specializing in voice. He has had the opportunity to teach in a variety of K-12 settings in Northeast Iowa. Voss had multiple award winning concert choirs during his tenure and traveled extensively with his groups, performing at such venues as the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and the Lincoln Center in New York City.
In 2003, Voss earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Loras College in Dubuque. He subsequently served as Dean of Students at Beckman High School in Dyersville before being named Principal at St. Joseph Catholic School in Marion. He served as principal for six years, leading the school through significant budget cuts while maintaining the fiscal stability and long term viability of the school. Additionally, he was able to implement multiple initiatives that resulted in increased student achievement across all grade levels. Passionate about technology, Voss was able to integrate multiple technologies into the school system, resulting in increased capacity for learning.
Dr. Voss earned his superintendent certificate from the University of Northern Iowa in December of 2008. Following his work at St. Joseph Catholic School, he was named Superintendent of the Hudson Community School District in May of 2010. In 2015, he earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Northern Iowa, completing a dissertation on the implementation of teacher leadership systems in Iowa. Currently he serves as an instructor for the Iowa Superintendents Leadership and Finance Consortium where he co-facilitates work in the development and presentation of a school districts budget; implementing teacher leadership systems; as well as consults in the consortium’s collective bargaining track. Dr. Voss also has the privilege of working with the Institute for Educational Leadership at the University of Northern Iowa where he serves as a ‘critical friend’ for aspiring superintendents, coaching and mentoring these candidates in their preparation to enter the superintendency in Iowa.
His work at Hudson began with a focus on fiscal matters. Inheriting a budget in danger of exceeding maximum spending authority, Dr. Voss helped lead efforts to correct and reverse these adverse budget trends. Staunching this decline, financial solvency ratio and unspent balance ratio were reversed and the district is on solid financial footing. In the ensuing years, programs have been improved and strategic hiring decisions have been made.
While at Hudson, Dr. Voss helped lead efforts in the adoption of major curriculum in the content areas of literacy and mathematics. Most notably, these adoptions came after a ten year hiatus in curriculum work at Hudson Schools. While ensuring alignment of curriculum to the Iowa Core Academic Standards, the District is already beginning to see positive results in student achievement. During his tenure, the District also began a connected learning initiative in grades 9-12, assigning a laptop computer to each student and working to make sure instruction is not about the device, but rather what can be done with the device. As further evidence of his belief in robust, hands on 21st Century learning, Dr. Voss helped launch a competency based unit of instruction at grades 7-12 known as Pirate Term, offering a plethora of nontraditional learning opportunities for credit such as SCUBA diving and TV/Film Media.
Under Dr. Voss’s leadership, the Hudson Community School District was one of the first 39 school districts in Iowa to implement a teacher leadership system as part of the landmark education reform legislation known as House File 215. Employing a teacher centered model of instructional coaching, the vision of this system is to strengthen instruction through embedded professional development. Using the DuFour model of Professional Learning Communities, this system has led to a powerful and relevant professional development program with teacher leaders providing a strong linkage to district initiatives.
Finally while at Hudson, Dr. Voss had the opportunity to supervise several significant facility renovations totaling almost $2 Million over five years. These projects included the construction of parking lots, renovation of fine arts and athletic venues, and electrical infrastructure upgrades at the elementary school.