Danielle Neary says she envisioned herself teaching older students when she was finishing her coursework in college earlier this year, but two months into her first job she says she is happy to be leading a class of second grade students at Rolling Green Elementary School in Urbandale.
“It’s what I thought it would be for the most part,” says the Des Moines native who graduated from Iowa State University in May with a degree in elementary education and endorsements in math, reading and social studies. “It’s my first teaching job, so everything is new to me, but it’s been really awesome teaching second grade.”
Neary says she is happy to be teaching at Rolling Green where she interviewed with Principal Julia Taylor and was offered a job at the end of the interview.
“I was busy applying for jobs after I graduated, and I got a call from Julia, and everything happened so quickly. It was exciting,” she says.
The young teacher says she enjoys the curiosity and energy of her 15 students at Rolling Green.
“I love that they are so inquisitive and eager to learn new stuff. They’re very bubbly,” she says.
Neary says her students have been busy working on creating maps and globes and learning about addition and subtraction, as well as story elements such as characters, settings and plot.
“They’re proud to show what they have learned,” she says.
Neary is also proud to be a part of the staff and family at Rolling Green, she says.
“The staff and parents have been so supportive,” she says. “They are willing to help and to give you ideas, and they support trying new things. Everyone is focused on improvement and creating a welcoming and nurturing environment for the students.”