Iowa Library Services has announced that Rhonda Ketels has been named to the Iowa Commission of Libraries. She will represent the Department of Education.
Ketels has been with the Iowa Department of Education since July 2010 as a program consultant for Innovation and Improvement in Special Education with a focus in Literacy. She has a Specialist degree from Drake University in Educational Leadership and has served as an elementary principal for eight years in Moravia Community Schools and the Des Moines Public Schools. She has also served as Dean of Students at Orchard Place School in Des Moines. Ketels served as an assistant professor of education at William Penn University from 1996 to 2002 teaching reading and language arts methods, remedial reading, and most of the classes for special education. She served as a special education classroom teacher for several years and has also taught sixth grade, kindergarten, and Title I reading. She is a certified Iowa LETRS trainer for modules 1 – 12 and Early Childhood.
Said Interim State Librarian Barb Corson, "We are pleased that Rhonda has agreed to serve as Commissioner. Her literacy background is broad and deep and she will be a great addition to the Commission."