Leader In Me School Feature

This month, Irving Elementary held its first student-led assembly to celebrate the school’s commitment to living the 7 Habits. During the assembly, students are recognized for living out the habit of the month and performing a skit to teach the next month’s habit.

Laura Meyer, Irving Elementary’s Lead Teacher says, “Our Student Lighthouse Team has really provided feedback and taken on the leadership of these assemblies.”

Check out this video to see the Irving Elementary Student Lighthouse team lead the students through the 7 Habits!

Leader Valley Receives $200,000 Grant From CUNA Mutual Foundation

Leader Valley is excited and honored to announce that we have received a $200,000 grant from CUNA Mutual Group Foundation.

“Unlike some school-based leadership programs, Leader in Me serves all students, and with the Foundation’s investment, will provide the appropriate training and support to onboard and implement Leader in Me in all Cedar Valley schools, with a special focus given to the schools with the highest number of underserved students,” said Alex Shade, director of corporate social responsibility at CUNA Mutual Group. Read more.

Thank you to our local media partners, KWWL, The Courier, and Waverly Newspapers for sharing and celebrating this exciting announcement!

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Looking to learn essential skills and tools to get work done with and through other people? This course is perfect for new leaders who need to transition successfully from individual contributors to leaders of others. It also applies to leaders who have been in their roles for some time and are looking for relevant guidance on how to effectively lead and manage their teams.

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Watch the video below and hear how Habitat For Humanity was able to benefit from the Leadership Series Courses.

Thank you to our Leadership Series sponsors!

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Introducing The Leader Valley Council

One key ingredient to Leader Valley’s ability to provide Leader in Me to our Cedar Valley students is our dedicated volunteers. This month, we’d like to feature our Leader Valley Council President, Matt Meyers.

Matt lives in Cedar Falls with his wife, Tara, and three daughters, Rachel, Ava, and Reagan. Matt graduated from UNI and has enjoyed working for John Deere Waterloo Works for 21 years.


When asked about the importance of Leader in Me, Matt says, “I truly believe our regional approach to Leader in Me is a competitive advantage for the entire Cedar Valley region! I have two kids who attended Leader in Me schools, and I have seen the positive impact the program has had on them from a parent’s perspective.

I have also seen the positive impact the program has had from an employer’s perspective as we have had multiple employees attend the Leadership Series courses offered by Leader Valley. Leader in Me does an excellent job of teaching our youngsters the employability and leadership skills that will benefit them, their future employers, and the communities these kids will someday work and raise families in.”


Thank you for leading our Leader Valley Council and for creating a competitive advantage for our students!

Meet the Leader Valley Council

Leader Valley prepares Pre-K-12 students for life by providing them with the essential employability or professional skills needed for a life of effectiveness and a competitive advantage in the workforce. 

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