Kim Marzolf

Morningside Elementary School
Great Falls Public Schools
Great Falls, Montana

In her 16 years of school leadership, principal Kim Marzolf has received numerous accolades for her service to Iowa, Illinois, and Montana students and families. As principal of Morningside Elementary for the past two years, and in her previous post at Loy Elementary, Marzolf has been recognized for outstanding service to military-connected students as a Montana Purple Star School and Purple Star Champion. Marzolf led the implementation of a comprehensive character education program, which earned Loy the status of a National and State School of Character. The program led to lowered referrals and increased time for teachers to focus on academic tasks, leading to almost three-quarters of Loy sixth graders exceeding state benchmarks in reading and math. For her decade-plus of contributions in the field of special education, the Montana Council of Administrators bestowed on Marzolf the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing her track record of enhancing special educational programming through resource and personnel development. In her current role, Marzolf takes an action-oriented approach to leadership, helping to facilitate the creation of annual plans targeting reading, math, and SEL goals. By balancing teacher autonomy with accountability, Marzolf ensures that teachers can narrow the achievement gap through early academic and behavior support. Marzolf holds an Ed.S. degree from Southern Illinois University, an M.Ed. from the University of Montana, and a B.S. from Montana State University.