SHELDON— Brittany Maassen prefers to be behind the scenes, so it is a bit ironic her new job makes her the de facto face of the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation office.
She started her role as the SCDC administrative assistant on Nov. 4 and whenever a person visits the office located on the first floor of the Sheldon Community Services Center, Maassen is there to greet them.
The 29-year-old Sheldon native replaces Megan Wagner, who resigned in September.
Maassen, who previously taught full-time in the Sheldon School District and transitioned into subbing, was seeking a fresh start by taking the job with SCDC.
“I was looking for something completely different,” she said. “The change in day to day and the population I get to work with. After working with kids for so long, it’s nice to work with the city and different people.”
Maassen heard about the position from community development director Curt Strouth as well as a trusted local news source.
“I saw it in the paper too,” she said.
Maassen forms a triumvirate at the SCDC office alongside Strouth and chamber director Shantel Oostra, who started work the same day as Maassen.
“So far, Curt and Shantel are a lot of fun to work with; that wasn’t going to be a problem at all,” Maassen said.
Maassen has a few things she is looking forward to about this new role.
“Getting to know people in the community and seeing the backside of all the events and getting to see how the city works,” she said.
Another element of Maassen’s position is working with the Sheldon Young Professionals, an SCDC offshoot organization launched earlier this year to build a network to connect and develop the community’s next generation of leaders.
Maassen said she has heard a lot about the group from her husband, Eric, who also sits on the committee. He serves as the activities director for Sheldon schools. They are raising two sons, 3-year-old Tye and 1-year-old Sam, and are expecting a third child.
Although she went to college in Iowa City and spent her first-year teaching in Ida Grove, Maassen came back home to settle down.
“I liked growing up here; it’s a small town,” she said. “It’s a great place to raise your kids and my family is here too.”