Mr. Steve McDermott became Superintendent in the Creston Community School District on July 1, 2013. Mr. McDermott has built a reputation on his focus on students and their learning, his collaborative development of effective learning cultures, and his efforts to build unity while working through various challenges with others.

Mr. McDermott grew up on the family farm north of Greenfield, Iowa, and graduated from Greenfield High School. He then earned a Bachelor's Degree at Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa. He returned to Southwest Iowa to farm and to teach grades K-12 in Art for 12 years while also teaching a few classes in Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Physical Education. He taught and coached at Prescott, Bridgewater-Fontanelle, and Adel-Desoto-Minburn.

After teaching several years, Mr. McDermott studied at Drake University and earned his Master's Degree in Education Administration with an emphasis on Effective Teaching and later a Specialist's Degree in Educational Administration along with his Superintendent's Endorsement.

Mr. McDermott served as Principal and Curriculum Director at Nodaway Valley and as Principal at Battle Creek-Ida Grove for a total of 6 years.

Before taking the reins in Creston, Mr. McDermott served as Superintendent at Nodaway Valley for 3 years and then at Newton for 11 years.

Steve is the proud father of three.  His daughter, Casey, a Drake University alum, works as a guidance counselor at Grinnell-Newburg Middle School.  His son, Colten, an Iowa State University graduate, is a landscape architect in Aspen, Colorado.  And his son, Cooper, graduated from Creston Community High School and is studying Agriculture Systems Technology at Iowa State University.