Tim Felderman, A Student-Centered Path to College Readiness

The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices. Listen to gain their insights and apply them to your own college and career readiness practices.



Today, we’re speaking with Tim Felderman, High School Principal at West Delaware Community School District. Listen in as he shares his thoughts on student-centered instruction and the impact of diversity within the West Delaware Community School District.





About Tim Felderman


Tim Felderman has served as a principal, assistant principal, and agricultural education instructor since 2000. He is currently the High School Principal at West Delaware Community School District in Manchester, Iowa.


Focused on assessment for learning, relevance and rigor in curriculum design, and teacher leadership with collaboration, Tim’s core belief system revolves around student recognition systems and student centered instruction. His work in engaging students in a rural, increasingly diverse socioeconomic school district relies on building strong relationships between teachers, students, parents, and community members.


Tim has demonstrated leadership during his administrative experiences by coordinating learning opportunities via:

  • DelCo STEM BEST program (work-based learning)

  • Project Lead the Way

  • Competency-based education

  • Standards based grading

  • Flipped learning

  • 1:1 device implementation

  • Partnering businesses and classrooms

  • Common Core implementation


About West Delaware Community School District


West Delaware High School offers:

  • Project Lead the Way Classes

  • 1:1 Chromebooks for all students

  • Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) courses

  • NICC Career Pathways in Automotive, Agriculture, Business, Manufacturing, and Mechanical Engineering

  • Over 20 college credit courses

  • Mentoring Program

  • Advisee/Adivsor Program

  • On-line course options

  • 83 IGHSAU/IHSAA State Qualifying Teams

  • 24 IGHSAU/IHSAA State Finals Appearances

  • 7 State Championship Teams

  • Numerous All State Athletes, Musicians, Vocalist and Speech Contestants

  • Over 100 WaMaC Conference Championships

  • Over 30 extra-curricular activities

  • 70+ vocalists/groups selected to sing the National Anthem at State Tournament events and the Governor’s Scholar Program

  • Multiple Merit Scholar Award recipients


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