House District 66
2905 Alleghany Dr. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Art Staed was the Cedar Rapids school district’s Social Studies facilitator for grades K through 12 until that position, among others, was cut in 2005 as a result of funding cutbacks in the district. Art recently taught social studies at Roosevelt Middle School. Art has taught secondary math, science and social studies. He is active in the Cedar Rapids Education Association and the Chamber of Commerce.
Art was born in Joplin, Missouri and lived there, in a family of 11 children, until graduating from McAuley Regional High School. Upon graduation Art attended college at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the KC area for approximately 20 years. He has earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri at K.C. and a Master’s degree in Secondary Administration from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.
After marrying and moving to Oklahoma he became an administrator for student “at-risk programs,” a child abuse investigator for the Ardmore Children’s Shelter and later, a principal of an alternative high school. Art became a national trainer for Cities In Schools (CIS) and delivered community partnership training for CIS at the Iacocca Institute of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was also a founding member of a shelter for victims of domestic violence, The Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma.
Art temporarily left education 10 years ago to pursue a business career with U.S. Cellular and quickly became a market manager and manager of numerous retail stores, opening and operating cellular stores for the company in Texas and Oklahoma. USCC brought Art to Cedar Rapids as a national trainer – training managers and front line sales associates throughout the country in a host of management, sales and development courses.
Wanting to return to education he began updating his educational credentials for Iowa. In the interim, Art filled a temporary position with Iowa Workforce Development in Cedar Rapids – writing and delivering training at Kirkwood and the Workforce Development office in Cedar Rapids. By the fall of 2002, Art had secured the Social Studies facilitator position with the Cedar Rapids Schools. In addition to fulfilling the responsibilities of curriculum facilitator, Art was co-chair of the CREA membership committee and is now the CREA representative to the Chamber of Commerce. Art was an active member of the Cedar Rapids Chamber’s Fifteen In Five committee on “Growing and Sustaining Small Businesses.” Art was a board member of “The World,” a local nonprofit dedicated to the understanding and celebrating of diversity and a board member of Invest in Children, a coalition active in local children’s issues.