Award Year: 2013

Herbert Hoover Elementary School

3223 S. Hampton Drive
Bettendorf, IA, 52722-2685

(563) 359-8263

Jeffrey Johannsen, Principal at time of Nomination

Bettendorf Community School District

School Website


Bettendorf Community School District will link learning to life with passion, purpose and pride so that all students can make a positive difference.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Herbert Hoover Elementary School was opened in 1966. Today it’s a highly requested school serving 419 kindergarten through 5th grade students. The school has a population of 28% low SES (social economic status) and a special education population of 12.6%.

Hoover is known for its positive environment in which students are nurtured academically, socially and emotionally. The Hoover staff use a variety of school and community resources to support students in carrying out the district vision and mission of educational excellence that helps student pursue their dreams and succeed in a global society.

To ensure students’ academic success, teachers use specific interventions that target students who demonstrate academic need. In addition the school has data-driven school improvement goals that enable all students to grow academically and behaviorally.

Staff members also understand that a child’s social-emotional learning is necessary before a student can focus on academic learning. In order to help students connect with the school community, Hoover begins each day with student-led announcements. Each month teachers recognize three students per class as Students of the Month. The Students of the Month are recognized through mentorship and recognition with help from a local business partner. Hoover also have a therapy dog, Paxton, who visits with students and helps them bond with the school.

Hoover students practice Hawk Habits daily emphasizing their commitment to positive behavior. On Fridays, students and staff celebrate their school spirit by wearing black & gold clothing.