Cory Stratton is a first-year special education teacher at North Ridge Elementary School in Grimes.
When he was a student at Dallas Center-Grimes High School, Stratton served as a PE Pal (Special Ed pal) when he worked with two students. This led him to pursue a degree in special education at Simpson College in Indianola. He went on to do respite care, one on one, during his college years.
Stratton attended DC-G schools from fifth grade to graduation. He lettered in three sports — football, baseball and wrestling — with wrestling being his best. He earned four letters in wrestling at Simpson College, and now he volunteers to help with wrestling at DC-G HS. Stratton did his student teaching at Carlisle and Martensdale School Districts
“This is a predominately female career,” Stratton says. “Most of my college classmates were female, and I work with mostly female teachers here, with two other male teachers in the building. I’m happy with the choices I’ve made.”
Stratton has seven students regularly, and he works with some in small groups and some one on one. He also does recess duty for third graders.
“I like to see the kids growing in their reading,” he says. “It is so very important as a lifelong skill. I like being here in the DC-G District, giving back to the district. They gave me a lot.”
Stratton met his future wife, Kelsey Roberts, at DC-G Middle School in seventh grade. They both attended Simpson College, where she also earned a degree in teaching. She currently teaches at Willard Elementary School in Des Moines. They married following their junior year at Simpson, and they live in Dallas Center.
Stratton is still involved in sports. He just got into disc golf. His sister plays volleyball for DC-G and, he enjoys going to her games.
‘I really enjoy being here. I like working with these kids every day,” Stratton says. “Every day is a new day.”