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Word from the Principal



The 2016-17 School Year will mark my seventh year here within District 175 and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this wonderful district. A little bit about me - my wife is a 2nd grade teacher at Illini Elementary School in Fairview Heights and we are the proud parents of three incredible boys. When the duties of my job are not enough, they keep me plenty busy! I knew early in life that education would be my career and calling. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Following graduation, I was hired at Fulton Jr. High in O’Fallon, IL where I taught 7th Grade World Geography and 8th Grade US History for five years.

In May of 2007, I earned my Master’s degree in Educational Administration from McKendree College. In 2008, I was hired as Elementary Principal at Marissa Elementary School in southeastern St. Clair County. I was at Marissa for 2 years and was proud to lead the building in being recognized as a 2009 Illinois Spotlight School.  

In the summer of 2010, I was hired to serve as the principal of Ellis School.  Over the past 6 years, I have been fortunate to be part of a team of administrators, teachers, and staff that has earned a 2013 Academic Award for Exemplary Gains in Performance as well as a District of Distinction Award in 2014. In 2013, I was also extremely honored to be named as the Elementary Principal of the Year for the Illinois Principals Association - Southwestern Region.  In the Spring of 2014, I completed my coursework from SIUE and received my Superintendent Specialist Degree.

During the summer of 2015, I was honored to be named as principal of both Ellis Elementary (PreK-3) and the newly formed Harmony Intermediate (4-6).  For 2016-17, I will continue to be principal of both buildings along with my Assistant Principal, Mrs. Terri Kraemer.  It is an honor to serve the community of west Belleville and the Harmony-Emge School District. I will give you all that I am in order to give every child the best opportunity to reach his/her fullest potential.  

And if I may leave you with one piece of advice that I feel will help your child have success here at Harmony 175, it would be to STAY INVOLVED!  Please know what your child is learning about and how they are doing in school. Ask questions of both them and their teacher. Get involved with the PTO, boosters, and volunteering in the buildings if your schedule allows. Education is NOT a one-way street. It requires cooperation and coordination from both the school and home. Even as your child gets older and it’s “not cool” in their eyes, please stay involved.  It truly makes a world of difference.


Mr. Dave Deets


Please feel free to contact me at:

ddeets@harmony175.org   or   618-538-6114 

You can also follow me on Instagram & Twitter @principal_deets


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