Deb Chiodo is the principal at Cornell Elementary in the Saydel School District. She received her bachelors of education from Michigan State University, with emphasis in special education behavior disorder. She taught for seven years in special education with students who were identified as having behavior disorders.
Deb then became assistant principal at Moulton Elementary in Des Moines, Iowa. At Moulton, she oversaw early childhood grants, preschool – third grade, along with other responsibilities. In 1995, Deb became principal at Cornell Elementary in the Saydel Community SchoolDistrict. Under her tenure, the school has focused on a school-wide approach to learning.
In the fall of 1997, Deb was one of the first Iowans trained in the CHARACTER COUNTS! framework and has been implementing the framework at Cornell Elementary with outstanding success for over a decade.
Deb and Cornell Elementary have been gracious hosts over the years welcoming local, state and national leaders into their school to see the positive results from CHARACTER COUNTS!
Deb has been a constant voice to challenge business and community leaders to support the cause of good character in schools and her advocacy has had a direct impact on the growth of character development in Iowa education and CHARACTER COUNTS! specifically across Iowa.
“Working with Deb has been very fulfilling. She is an outstanding person and a visionary educator, says Scott Raecker, executive director of Character Counts In Iowa. “Deb is an exceptionally gifted leader. She takes the time to do things right and the results have been amazing. Her entire school community-students, teachers, families, community leaders and businesses, have all been engaged with the Six Pillars of Character.”