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Washington Elementary School hires new principal

Evan and Jessica Hammans have been married for five years. They are moving to the area from West Des Moines. Evan will be the principal at Washington Elementary School in Fairfield, while Jessica will teach eighth-grade math at Evans Middle School in Ottumwa. (Photo courtesy of Evan Hammans)
Evan and Jessica Hammans have been married for five years. They are moving to the area from West Des Moines. Evan will be the principal at Washington Elementary School in Fairfield, while Jessica will teach eighth-grade math at Evans Middle School in Ottumwa. (Photo courtesy of Evan Hammans)
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FAIRFIELD — Washington Elementary School in Fairfield will have a new face at its helm this fall.

Evan Hammans, a native of Adel, was hired this spring to be the school’s new principal.

Hammans and his wife Jessica currently reside in West Des Moines. Hammans has lived in the Des Moines metro area his entire life, graduating from Valley High School.

Hammans said he knew at a young age that he wanted to be a teacher. He did his undergrad at Iowa State University where he majored in elementary education with an endorsement as English as a Second Language. He obtained his master’s degree at Morningside College. He recently went back to school to get his principal licensure from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

“My inspiration for going into teaching was seeing the impact one person can make on a child,” he said.

Hammans has been a first-grade and second-grade teacher, and has taught English as a Second Language to K-5 students for seven years in the Waukee school district.

“It’s been the best experience I could’ve asked for,” Hammans said. “I’ve worked alongside some amazing people who are passionate about reaching all kids. These experiences have helped ground me in my values and pushed me to be the very best educator and person I can be.”

Hammans said he was later inspired to become a principal because of the administrators he had the privilege to work with over his career.

“They have shown me the positive impact that one servant leader can have on an entire school community and something I aspire to do,” he said.

Hammans said being hired to work at Washington Elementary School was a gift. He likes the fact that he gets to focus on very young children from preschool through first grade.

“We have the opportunity that no other school in the district does. We get to be the child’s first school experience and set them up for success at the youngest of ages,” he said.

In his free time, Hammans enjoys spending time with his family, running and playing soccer. In fact, he’s coached high school soccer for the past 12 years. Does he plan to get involved in Fairfield’s program? Not just yet.

“Being my first year to the district, I want to take the year and focus my attention on learning, leading, and serving the students, staff, and families at Washington Elementary,” he said.

Hammans’s wife Jessica is also a teacher. She will teach eighth-grade math at Evans Middle School in Ottumwa. Hammans said it’s nice to have a spouse in the same field he can bounce ideas off, and it’s also convenient because they get to spend time with each other in the summers.