Welcome Dr. Savage
Dr. Rachel Savage has officially started as Superintendent for Moline-Coal Valley Schools. She replaced Lanty McGuire, who retired after 24 years of service to the district.
A 24 year educational leader, Dr. Savage joins Moline-Coal Valley from Waterloo Community Schools where she served as Head Principal for the past four years. Prior to her position at Waterloo School District, Dr. Savage served as principal from 2009 – 2012 and then superintendent from 2012-2015 in Arizona.
Dr. Savage began her career in education as a high school Spanish teacher in Dubuque, Iowa. She has held adjunct professor teaching positions at Northeast Iowa Community College and the University of Dubuque from 1997 – 2005, where she was responsible for instruction, supervision and curriculum development.
Savage earned a Doctor of Education degree in K-12 Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University earlier this year. She earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration in 2008 and a Master’s degree in Education in 2000, both from Loras College. She completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish from Loras College in 1995.
Dr. Savage is married to Dr. Eric Savage, a Professor for the University of Dubuque, in the Department of Aviation. He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Aviation and Flight for Southern Illinois University Carbondale. They have two children: Gabby, a junior at Northern Arizona University, and Roger, a freshman at Southern Illinois University. The family dog, Pilot, is an English Springer Spaniel and everyone’s best friend.
"I am thrilled to become a part of the Moline-Coal Valley team. I have heard such great things about the students, staff and families and am excited to be part of the community! Together, Moline-Coal Valley students will continue to soar to new heights. Thank you for this opportunity," said Dr. Savage.