College students who were clueless about finances set Angie Rubel on the road that would lead her to Dallas Center-Grimes.
The Mount Pleasant native attended a semester at Iowa Wesleyan after high school but wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She was a nanny in Ohio for a while, then returned to Iowa and got married. She and her husband, Will, settled in Cedar Falls, where she went to work at Norwest Bank at College Hill at the University of Northern Iowa.
“During the time I worked at the bank, I became dismayed about how much the college kids didn’t know about finances,” Rubel says. “They didn’t know to balance their checkbooks. They would come in on Monday morning and wonder why they didn’t have any money in their account. They didn’t realize there wasn’t an endless supply.”
That was when Rubel decided to go back to school. She attended Upper Iowa University where she earned a business degree in 2000 and followed that with an MBA in business in 2002.
“I received my teaching certificate in business and marketing in 2003,” Rubel says.
After moving to Grimes, Rubel was a short-term substitute teacher in K – 12 in the Dallas Center-Grimes School District. During that time an opening for a long-term sub position teaching Family Consumer Sciences at DC-G High School became available, and Rubel was filled that position for a full year.
“In 2005 I began teaching Business, Computer and Money Management and coaching cheerleading at Southeast Polk High School,” Rubel says.” This fall she returns to DC-G.
“I am really excited to come back to DC-G this fall to teach eighth and ninth grade social studies in the new 8-9 Building,” Rubel says. “They have an exceptional education system here, and I want to be a part of it. Also, it’s good to trade 300 miles per week for 10.”
Rubel was able to tour the building before she set out on a cause dear to her heart — an orphanage Haiti.
“About 10 years ago I first heard about ‘God’s Littlest Angels’ in Haiti, and I knew right away I wanted to go there,” Rubel says. In the meantime she had signed on to go on a mission trip with her church. At the last minute she announced to them she was going to Haiti instead.
“I hadn’t applied or filled out an application; I just knew in my heart that I was going,” she says. And go she did, arriving in Haiti June 25.
“I was more nervous about getting there than being there” Rubel says. “I traveled to Petionville, Haiti, to volunteer at God’s Littlest Angels Haitian Baby Ministry where they care for sick and malnourished children with the idea that the children will return to their families or become adopted after they become healthy. I spent time with six little ones giving them one-on-one attention helping them work on developmental stages.”