initiative-based high school

We produce students who become makers, designers, storytellers, and social entrepreneurs by creating curriculum with business, nonprofit, and government agencies.


Build your student's personal brand for an impressive post-secondary application
Core credit through impactful initiatives

Iowa BIG is Iowa CORE and NGSS aligned, and acts as a competency-based education leader in the region. We use an immersive initiative-based pedagogy to deliver core content indexed using standardized SCED codes.


Seasoned educators and entrepreneurs

Trace Pickering

Executive Director, Founder
Leader, Father, Woodworker, Systems Thinker

Shawn Cornally

STEM Project Mentor, CTO, Founder
Teacher, Father, Developer, Physicist, Entrepreneur

Dennis Becker

Project Mentor, Social Entrepreneur, Maker
Teacher, Father, Accountant, Baller

Nate Pruett

Project Mentor, Storyteller
Teacher, Father, Fromage Connoisseur

Molly Sofranko

Project Mentor, Artist
Mother, Teacher, lover of all things Art

Liz Sheka

Mentor, English, Linn-Mar
Idealist. Bibliophile. Proud Czech. Prouder Mama.

Mark Matson

CTE, Mentor
Father, Educator, Outdoorsman, Golfer

Troy Miller

Director of Strategic Partnerships
Project Developer, Father, Entrepreneur, Leader

Laura Seyfer

Administrative Coordinator
Daughter. Plantswoman. Foodie. Environmentalist.

Emily Thomson

Leadership Coach

Kinzie Farmer

Data Intern
Intern, Gonzaga, Alum


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