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Current Openings:

Applicants of both genders, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA

Department of Human Resources
Keystone Area Education Agency
1400 Second Street NW
Elkader, IA 52043




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Keystone AEA – in beautiful Northeast Iowa

Area Education Agencies (AEAs) were established in 1974 to deliver equal support services to Iowa's children and schools. Keystone AEA is located in beautiful northeast Iowa with a coverage area spanning nearly 5,000-square-miles. We serve 21 public school districts and 21 nonpublic schools in these counties: Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek. The area is defined by rolling hills, rivers and bluffs, vineyards, unique shops, parks, and endless recreational opportunities. Learn more.

Our Mission

Keystone AEA is dedicated to providing impactful leadership and innovative services that ensure districts have access to equitable, effective, and efficient resources which engage and empower schools and families to thrive in a rapidly changing world by improving learning and living for all students.


Our Goals

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Children and Families

Empower every student through the delivery of high-quality services that equip them with the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence to pursue their dreams.

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Educators and School Leaders

Expand the capacity and effectiveness of educators through targeted professional learning, encouragement of innovation, and support for the implementation of impactful practices.  

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Employee Excellence

Ensure a high-performing team through the recruitment, hiring, development and retention of talented, caring, service-oriented professionals.


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Effective, Equitable, and Efficient Resource Management

Maximize the use of resources to align with Agency goals and with individual district needs while maintaining fiscal stability.


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Community Collaboration

Foster engagement and partnerships with the diverse stakeholders of Northeast Iowa to build greater mutual understanding of Keystone AEA’s services and their impact.

Our Core Values

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Focus on Kids

  • Ensure actions and decisions are guided by what’s best for kids
  • Advocate for the needs of all kids
  • Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to serving all students and families
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Innovative Leadership

  • Inspire and support change through forward thinking best practice
  • Lead with respect for local decision makers
  • Seek opportunities for local and state level collaboration
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Collaborative Environment

  • Leverage teamwork to achieve Agency goals
  • Foster supportive and caring relationships
  • Exchange knowledge and expertise generously
  • Embrace diverse perspectives
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Mindful Service

  • Cultivate intentional decision making
  • Maximize resources to provide quality services    
  • Balance responsibility between school and Agency
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Professional Autonomy

  • Empower employees to be confident decision makers
  • Commit to a culture of continuous learning and growth
  • Serve responsibly by aligning work to Agency goals
  • Embrace a student-centered approach to decision making


Keystone Area Education Agency shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Stan Rheingans, Administrator, or Teresa Bushman, Educational Equity Coordinator, 1400 2nd Street NW, Elkader, IA  52043-9564, (563) 245-1480. You may also contact the Director of the Office of Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education at or Email:

The board requires all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors, and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the Agency to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.


Department of Human Resources
Keystone Area Education Agency
1400 Second Street NW
Elkader, IA 52043