Welcome to Cardinal Elementary!Mr. sleuder

My name is Spencer Lueders, and this will be my first year serving as the Principal at Cardinal Elementary. I cannot wait to be a part of this amazing community and grow alongside our tremendous staff and students during this school year! 

To give you some information about myself, I am a passionate educator that loves to learn. My wife, Bri, currently works at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois as a clinical supervisor in their Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. We are actively involved within the foster care community. We have twin three-year-old boys and also have a swift-moving 10-month-old boy named Nelson. I love being with my family, learning more and more about all things education, and serving within the community. I began my teacher career in Central DeWitt at Ekstrand Elementary School where I taught first grade following my graduation. My wife and I then moved to Ankeny where I taught first grade at Prairie Trail Elementary School in the Ankeny Community School District. And for the last three years, I have served as a kindergarten teacher and an instructional coach in the Pleasant Valley Community School District. Last year, I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with my master's in Educational Leadership. 

Our tremendous staff at Cardinal will work together to ensure that we are meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of all of our students. We are firm believers that without a significant relationship, no significant learning can occur. In addition to building strong relationships, we want to equip our students with the skills and tools that will allow them to succeed long after they leave our building. As your principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-teachers, students, and parents are excited to be here! I look forward to meeting students and families on August 19th from 5:00-6:30 during our open house at Cardinal! 

If you ever have questions or comments, please feel free to stop by, call 563-652-5157, or email me at I look forward to partnering with you to ensure a great 2021-2022 school year! 


Spencer Lueders, Principal,
Cardinal Elementary

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Building Schedule:

  • Bus Drop Off Begins: 7:50
  • Breakfast Start: 8:10 in the classroom
  • Class Start Time: 8:15
  • Class End Time: 3:00
  • Bus Pickup Begins: 3:05
  • Walkers Released: 3:15