From Gilbert to Johnston: Chris Billings Named New Summit Middle School Principal

Christopher Billings has been selected as the new principal of Summit Middle School in the Johnston Community School District.

Billings is the principal of Gilbert Middle School, a nationally identified high-performing school in the Gilbert Community School District, near Ames.

Chris Billings

Chris Billings

“Chris brings 18-plus years of experience with him to this new role,” said Corey Lunn, JCSD Superintendent. “During this time, he has been involved with project based learning, 1:1 technology, and student support initiatives. His passion for serving middle school students and working collaboratively with staff was evident throughout the interview process.”

After teaching at the secondary level and becoming a high school assistant principal in Utah, Billings came to Iowa, where he worked in the Rock Falls CSD as a secondary principal before going to Gilbert. In addition to overseeing the student and staff development in his schools, Billings has also lead a number of technology initiatives, including a 1:1 Chromebook program, integrated instructional technology,  creation of a new district website, and new mobile application.

In his current position at Gilbert Middle School, Billings facilitates professional development on a variety of topics, including project based learning, authentic intellectual work, writing, and standards based grading.

“I am confident that Summit will continue to move forward under his leadership and I am excited to have Chris join the Johnston team,” said Lunn.

Billings has worked in an administrative capacity for 22 years. He has a master’s degree education from Brigham Young University (Utah) and bachelor’s degree in English Teaching from Brigham Young University (Utah). He also holds a certification in Mental Health First Aid.

“I am excited to join the team at Summit Middle School,” Billings said. “Summit has an outstanding reputation for being on the cutting edge of learning initiatives that positively impact middle school students. During the interview process, I was impressed with the positive building culture and strong focus on learning. I look forward to working with staff and students to continue to build on the tradition of excellence at Summit.”

At the May 8 board meeting, specifics of Billings’ two-year contract will be finalized. His official start date is July 1, 2017.

Billings and his wife Shelly have two children, Kally (17) and Kaiden (23).

Outgoing Summit Middle School principal Joy Wiebers accepted a position within the district as the new Director of Student Support & Equity.

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