Posted January 26, 2015in Community Blogs, Fort Dodge

Turning “I’m bored” into Learning Fun

Just coming back from winter break I have experienced what seems to happen any time we have several days off from school. Many of our students are having a tough time getting back into the routine. This leads many parents to ask, when kids are home what can we do

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Posted January 21, 2015in Bondurant, Community Featured

Meet Christian Vandehaar

Christian Vandehaar is a guy who is known for his art and his goofiness. He was a guy who never doubted himself along the way to becoming a high school art teacher, and wouldn’t do anything different if he had to do it all over again. Vandehaar had the privilege

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Posted January 21, 2015in Community Featured, Waukee

Meet Charlie Folsom

In college, Charlie Folsom was considering a career combining two of his interests: Psychology and Spanish. He stuck with Spanish, but decided to veer off the psychology path. Instead, he wanted to work in a field where he could have more daily contact with people. “I came to the conclusion

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Posted January 21, 2015in Boone, Community Featured

Meet Kathleen Castle

Her fourth grade students at Franklin Elementary School in Boone are reaching that point when what they readily make connections between what is learned in the classroom and what they see and experience when the school door closes behind them at the end of the day. “They are really starting

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Posted January 21, 2015in Beaverdale, Community Featured

Meet Emily Belloma

Emily Belloma has been teaching at Hillis Elementary for eight and a half years. Ever since Moore closed she has taught Kindergarten. This year she began a new path teaching first grade. Her passion with teaching lies in her love of her students. “I chose teaching because I really enjoy

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Posted January 21, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured

Meet Kristy Ridgway

Originally from Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Kristy Ridgway played softball at Iowa State University.  After graduating with a degree in math and education, she then went on to teach 6th grade math at the Southeast Polk School District. “Through softball, I would always help host camps for kids.  I loved working

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Posted January 19, 2015in Community Blogs, Fort Dodge

Love and Logic: Successful Strategies for Working with Children

As educators we are always reading and researching best practices when working with children.  On the topic of effectively dealing with problem or challenging behavior I encountered a program called Love and Logic.  Authors Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline give adults practical and effective strategies to help stay calm,

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Posted January 14, 2015in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Meet Edward Moody

After six years of contributing positive change, readying middle-schoolers for high school and offering an already adventurous learning environment at Cowles Elementary, there has been a change for seventh- and eighth-grade teacher Mr. Edward Moody – a very positive and exciting change. Cowles Elementary was awarded a state grant from

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Posted January 14, 2015in Community Featured, Grimes

Meet Donna Niemeyer

  Donna Niemeyer is a kindergarten teacher at South Prairie elementary School in Grimes. She has been with the Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District more than nine years. Niemeyer comes with a varied teaching background. She taught briefly at the Sonbeam Christian Day Care at the Grimes United Methodist Church;

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Posted January 14, 2015in Community Featured, Winterset

Meet Jim Heithoff

Jim Heithoff has been teaching social studies for the past fifteen years. Winterset has been fortunate to have him as the Junior High seventh grade social studies teacher for the past three years. Heithoff grew up in Davenport, Iowa. He received his degree in secondary education with a middle school

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