Ottawa Middle School Principal Charlie Stoltenberg is entering his 13th year as an educator. After graduating from the University of Kansas, he began teaching 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts at Prairie Star Middle School in Leawood, KS. After eight years as a teacher and a coach, he took an administrative position at Lawrence South Middle School, acting as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. He is entering his fourth year as Principal of Ottawa Middle School.


I am thrilled to serve the Ottawa Middle School community as Principal. Education is, and always has been a big part of my life. Multiple generations of my family has served the school system in some capacity, and I am honored to continue that tradition. My wife, Katie, is also an educator, as she teaches elementary music in Lawrence. As principal of Ottawa Middle School, I strive to ensure that every child feels connected to his/her school and community, and that each child will receive an education that will empower them to pursue their dreams.

- Charlie Stoltenberg

Assistant Principal

Mr. Kost started his career in education as a social studies teacher and coach at Caney Valley High School in Caney, KS. After spending four years in Caney, he moved on to Olathe South High School. During his three year tenure at Olathe South, he served as a social studies/AVID teacher and administrative intern.

The 2020-2021 school year marks Mr. Kost's fifth year at Ottawa Middle School. Having attended Williamsburg Schools as a youth, he is very familiar with the community of Ottawa. He looks forward to establishing roots here and serving the students of Ottawa both in and out of the classroom.