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October 17, 2022

Get to Know Kenneth Damron

The Ames Community School District highlights our amazing Principals and Associate Principals during National Principals Month. Today’s feature is on Kenneth Damron, an Associate Principal at Ames High School. He has been with the Ames CSD for two years. Damron became a principal because he loves improving the culture at a school.

“I don’t know that I ever thought about being an associate principal while I was teaching, but when I started my masters work, I found myself enjoying work around school improvement and with teachers and staff to help students succeed,” he said. “Ultimately, I wanted to become an administrator because I love working with teachers and students to improve school culture and outcomes.”

Damron attended Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Communications Arts and Literature Teaching. In addition, he received a Masters degree from the University of Utah in School leadership. 

Damron taught high school English for seven years before entering administration. He was a football and track and field coach for six of the seven years that he taught. He also ran the high school yearbook and journalism program. 

When he was the age of the students in the high school, he could be found “playing football”. In his native state of Utah, Damron was a state-wide finalist for the Wendy’s Heisman. However, something students might not know about him is that he played college football for the Winona State Warriors. If he had an hour of free time, Damron would use it for physical activities.

“Depends on the day, but usually some sort of physical activity, riding my bike, running, or working out,” he said.

Damron’s advice is to inquire for help because that’s what the staff is there for.

“Teachers and Administrators want to help you,” he said. “If you ask for help, you will receive it. We are here to help you be successful. Also, have fun!”

Thank you, Associate Principal Damron!