Carrie Romo to Lead as Principal at Goodrell Middle School

Carrie Romo

Carrie Romo will become the new principal at Goodrell Middle School.

A temporary position born out of feedback from staff during the anti-racist town halls last summer has resulted in a permanent position for Carrie Romo, who will become our newest middle school principal in July.

In the Fall of 2020, Romo started as Goodrell Middle School’s Principal Intern, a role developed to give employees ready to become new principals the opportunity to serve in the role with enhanced support from the district.

Romo has served with DMPS for 15 years and was an Associate Principal at Roosevelt High School before moving to Goodrell. She is bilingual and has been deeply involved in supporting the education community through her work as a middle school teacher, a Culture, Climate Community Coordinator, and leading workshops at national and local conferences on equity in education.

“Romo has proven to be an effective leader in her various roles at DMPS,” Director of Middle Schools Wayne Knutson said. “She has played a key role in leading our anti-racist efforts and has served on numerous district leadership teams in pursuit of our equity goals.”

Romo has a bachelor’s degree from Central College in Pella, a master’s degree from Drake University, and a specialist degree in education focused on culturally responsive leadership and instruction along with K-12 principalship from Drake.

“I believe that we will make strides in becoming and anti-bias, anti-racist school through crucial conversations, examination and reimagination of schooling,” Romo said. “I am excited about the opportunity to continue working alongside the staff, students, families and community of Goodrell to ensure our school is indeed the pride of Des Moines.”

Romo will transition to her new role on July 1, 2021.