Posted February 25, 2015in Boone, Community Featured

Meet Kaylynne Christenson

Mrs. Kaylynne Christenson knows a thing or two about hitting the trail, only to come back, full circle, to where one began. A Boone native, Christenson headed west with her family when she was just a second grader. She grew up in the western Nebraska town of Scotts Bluff —

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Posted February 25, 2015in Beaverdale, Community Featured

Meet Kaitie Lagan

Things have come full circle for Kaitie Lagan. Lagan, a former student at Holy Trinity Catholic School, now teaches at her alma mater. “I came back to teach fifth grade in my old fifth-grade classroom,” she says. “It’s kind of surreal.” The education she received at Holy Trinity played a

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Posted February 25, 2015in Community Featured, Waukee

Meet Amy Adamson

After graduating from Iowa State University, Amy Adamson traveled across the East Coast with her husband before returning the state of Iowa in the year 2000. Adamson accepted her first teaching position while living in the state of West Virginia. She then moved on to a private daycare in New

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Posted February 25, 2015in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Meet Tony Gerdis

As a child, Tony Gerdis liked helping his peers to learn. So becoming a teacher was just the natural career path for him to take. “It’s really wanting to help anybody learn something new and to achieve their dreams or anything they want to,” Gerdis says of his motivation to

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Posted February 25, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured, Email blast

Meet Jen Woodley

Originally from Alta, Iowa, Jen Woodley has been involved in a wide variety of activities throughout much of her childhood. As a high schooler, these ranged from participating in athletics such as softball and basketball to joining the dance team and even becoming student body president.   As a student

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Posted February 25, 2015in Bondurant, Community Featured

Meet Joannie Sanger

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” This quote from “A League of Their Own” is something Joannie Sanger applies to every aspect of her life. Joannie is a first grade teacher for the Bondurant-Farrar School District.

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Posted February 24, 2015in Community Blogs, Johnston

Massive Panels Moved Into New JHS

It’s delicate work, moving around 30-ton, 68-foot concrete panels. These panels – the largest of their kind in the state of Iowa – are forming the auditorium of the new Johnston High School. Piece by piece, the panels are placed by cranes to create the walls of the performing arts

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Posted February 19, 2015in Community Blogs, Norwalk

Dear SIAC team, (School Improvement Advisory Committee) We had a busy legislative session for the SIAC Legislative Action Committee.  Letter campaigns, the joint Warren County School Board meeting with our legislators (that Norwalk organized) and our strong presence at the Greater Des Moines Chamber’s “day on the hill” are examples.

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Posted February 18, 2015in Community Featured, Grimes

Meet Zachary Stanley

When he entered college his goal was to read 1,000 books before he graduated. He has read 948 so far. But the ultimate goal he has set for himself and his life is, ”to earn a graduate degree in Library Sciences and then to use that education to travel to

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Posted February 18, 2015in Ankeny, Community Featured

Meet Melissa Brenner

Melissa Brenner began her seventh year teaching at Ankeny Christian Academy this fall, and she says it’s just where she wants to be. After graduating from Faith Baptist Bible College, she took on few other teaching jobs before coming to ACA as a sixth grade teacher. She spent one year

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