Welcome to North Ridge Elementary and Dallas Center-Grimes Community Schools. We are very excited to have a role in your child’s education for the upcoming school year!

My name is April Heitland and I am the Principal at North Ridge Elementary and the Director of Preschool for the DC-G District. I am beginning my 16th year of teaching and my 7th year at Dallas Center-Grimes. I have taught kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades throughout my career. I have also taught Reading Recovery and Title 1 Reading and Math. I now have the opportunity to pursue my leadership role as I am entering my 3rd year of being the Director of the preschool program for our district and my 1st year as Principal.  I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education at Buena Vista University and my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Northwest Missouri State University.  My husband Scott also teaches and coaches in the Dallas Center-Grimes School District. In April 2009 we were blessed with our first child, Chase. We live in Grimes. As a family we love to spend time with family and friends, play outside, and cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes and of course the Mustangs and Fillies.

It is my belief that we are working together as partners in the education of your child. There is nothing more important to me than the well being of your child. I will do all that we can so that we have a successful year.

Dallas Center-Grimes Schools have a wonderful reputation for meeting the needs of our students and preparing them for their futures. I am truly lucky to be able to collaborate and work hand in hand with a staff that puts your child at the top of their priority list.

Mrs. April Heitland
North Ridge Principal
Preschool Director