Posted April 15, 2015in Community Featured, Winterset

Meet Betsy Henry

Betsy Henry grew up in Algona, Iowa. As a high school student, she served as a peer helper in the elementary. Her sister is a teacher and her mom worked in a school. But she really credits her fifth grade teacher as her biggest inspiration to become one. “I don’t

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Posted April 15, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Webster City

Big bang science

Students at Sunset Heights and Pleasantview Elementary Schools were treated to a Science Center of Iowa Outreach Program in March. The assemblies were presented by Kyle Schura, a traveling Science Center Outreach presenter, who takes science on the road. He gave students an explosive science experience. Called “Boom!” the program

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Posted April 15, 2015in Ankeny, Community Featured

Meet Evelyn Wandrey

Evelyn Wandrey currently teaches seventh grade life science at Prairie Ridge Middle School, but prior to her days teaching science she was working in the industry. She has had positions at Pioneer Hi-bred International working in the laboratory as a research assistant and working for Heartland AEA doing biotechnology consulting.

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Posted April 15, 2015in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Meet Abby Tierney

The month of April has many exciting things planned for Clive Elementary teacher Ms. Abby Tierney and her fifth-grade students. They start studying the Civil War, explorers of the time and the colonies. In science they’ll study volcanoes and tsunamis. The students will build a volcano at home and erupt

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Posted April 15, 2015in Community Featured, Grimes

Meet Shaylee Vander Velden

Shaylee Vander Velden grew up thinking she would become a teacher. She would play school with her friends and dolls. “Teaching has always been a part of me,” Vander Velden says. When Vender velden was in high school she had a free period during last class time of the day.

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Posted April 08, 2015in Community Featured, Des Moines West

Meet Jeff Grimm

“I decided to become a teacher because I want to help kids,” Jeff Grimm stated. A native of Osage, Iowa, Grimm graduated from the University of Northern Iowa where he received a degree in Elementary and Middle School Education along with a minor in history. After graduation, Grimm join his

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Posted April 08, 2015in Clive, Community Featured, West Des Moines

Meet Carly Stahn

Carly Stahn knew at a very young age exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. The proof: Her mom has a picture Stahn drew in preschool of herself as a teacher. “I always knew I was going to be a teacher,” says Stahn, whose parents are also

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Posted April 08, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Greene County

Meet Kelly Delagardelle

Middle-school aged students are open canvases and a counselor for seventh and eighth grade students has a great opportunity to have an impact and make a difference in their lives. That is what Kelly Delagardelle tries to do every school day through his open-door policy and the career sessions he

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Posted April 08, 2015in Community Featured, Norwalk

Meet Shawna Neifert

Shawna Neifert, school nurse for Lakewood Elementary in Norwalk, did not initially set out to be a school nurse. First, she earned a degree in psychology from Iowa State University and then decided to pursue a nursing career. She attended Mercy College of Health Sciences and after graduation worked in

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Posted April 01, 2015in Community Featured, Urbandale

Meet Angie Sime

Angie Sime, fifth grade teacher at Olmsted Elementary School in Urbandale, knew early in her student career she wanted to grow up to become a teacher. “I have wanted to be an elementary teacher ever since second grade when my teacher gave me the opportunity to teach a math lesson

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