When Caleb Bonjour was looking for a way to continue to grow, he just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take on the position of Midland superintendent.
Bonjour has been with the Maquoketa school district for the past four years, one year as the dean of students at the middle school and three years as the principal of Cardinal Elementary. Prior to that, he taught fifth and sixth grade students for three years at Grundy Center and three years at Pella teaching math.
Bonjour has spent his last four years in an administrative role in the Maquoketa school district, inspired by his father’s more than 25 years as an elementary principal to get into the administrative side of education. During that time, he knew he wanted to continue to expand the amount of influence he had. As a teacher, Bonjour really felt the impact he could have with students, working with them on an individual basis to make a difference. As an administrator, he got to impact an entire building and an entire staff. Taking that to the next level and really driving an overall impact he could have on a district and the kids it educated was something that appealed to him.
“I felt that taking that next step into a superintendency would be the best thing for me,” Bonjour said.
In his various stops, Bonjour has learned how important building relationships are—especially the relationships with families and the community as a whole. As he starts to get acclimated to his new position, getting to build those relationships is something that excites him.
“That’s one of the biggest things I’m looking forward to…Getting out to baseball and softball games this summer and getting out within the community and meeting more and more people. I’ve heard nothing but phenomenal things,” Bonjour said, noting he’s going to try to spend some time in all of the various communities that make up the district.
Getting back to the community-oriented events in the next school year is one of the things he’s looking forward to most for the next school year as he starts his new journey.
“I’m just super excited to be an Eagle,” he said.