Dr. Batenhorst is the superintendent in Mount Vernon, and his thirty fifth year in service to youth. During his career Dr. Batenhorst has served as a teacher, coach, adolescent mental health therapist, school counselor, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and adjunct college professor. He has served in schools and districts both large and small, public and private, and has served in small communities and large cities. The depth and breadth of experiences over thirty five years have prepared Dr. Batenhorst well for serving as a superintendent. Dr. B.’s motto is, “All in for all kids all the time.”
Dr. Batenhorst has been married for thirty one years to his wife, Mary Lou. Mary Lou is a lifelong educator as well, having taught for thirty three years at the high school, college and middle school level. She is currently teaching English at both Cornell College and Kirkwood Community College.