EVAN MARTEN - DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Evan Marten joins the Charles City Community Schools family this April as the Director of Finance. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Finance at the University of Maryland Global Campus and his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) concentrating in Investment Management and Financial Analysis at Creighton University. Marten served his country for four years as a United States Marine. His prior experience also includes being an investor portfolio analyst at Wells Fargo and working in accounting with the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Most recently, he is the Financial Manager with the Iowa Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy. Marten is an avid outdoorsman born in Montana. His family was transferred frequently as part of his mother's job with the United States Forest Service, and he graduated high school in Leesburg, Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.C. He is married to his wife Carly from State Center, Iowa, and they are expecting their first child this summer. He will be joining the Charles City Community Schools family in April at the end of the legislative session. He was drawn to Charles City’s diversity and giving back to students by serving them in a financial role.
LAURA SMITH - HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Laura Smith will be Charles City High School's newest counselor this fall. She grew up in Urbandale and graduated from Dowling Catholic High School. She earned her B.A. in Child and Adult Family Services from Iowa State University and her counseling degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Smith is a two-year veteran of school counseling as a JH/HS School Counselor in the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District. She enjoys traveling, staying active, and the outdoors. Smith is married to her husband, Jordan, who works at Synergy Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Charles City. She is excited to work in the community she lives in and enjoys Charles City's family-oriented community.
ERIK HOEFER - MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPLORATORY TEACHER
Erik Hoefer is a familiar face and voice in the Charles City Community School Family. He will be moving from his 8th grade English/Language Arts classroom to a new middle school student leadership exploratory teaching role. Hoefer student taught in Charles City and has been teaching in Charles City since graduating from Luther College. He has taught at Washington Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, and the Charles City Middle School. He also coaches Middle School Boys Cross Country and is the Ast. Coach for High School Boys Track and Field team. Hoefer is the voice of the Charles City Comets on KCHA radio and Student Pastor / Lay Leader at Messiah Lutheran Church. Hoefer is married to Sue who is a physical education teacher at Lincoln & Washington Elementary Schools. They are foster parents to 6 boys right now and have fostered 12 children and adopted five over the last decade along with four grown children. Hoefer is excited to give students the opportunity to learn about leading themselves, leading others, and leading leaders while providing students many opportunities to use those skills in and out of school.