Posted November 26, 2014in Boone, Community Featured

Meet Holly Carter

For Holly Carter, education is as much a calling as a profession. “When I was in fourth grade, I knew what I was going to do with my life,” she says. “I either wanted to be a meteorologist or a teacher, but then I realized that meteorologists sometimes have to

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Posted November 26, 2014in Community Featured, Waukee

Meet Trina Green

Being a newcomer to this country can be overwhelming. Trina Graen is there to assist kids and families in making that transition. Graen is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Maple Grove Elementary in West Des Moines. But her job entails much more than teaching English —

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Posted November 26, 2014in Beaverdale, Community Featured

Meet Joel Sissel

For 20 years, Callanan Middle School has called Joel Sissel one of its own. Global studies has proved a fun and interesting class for the students. As a neighbor to the school, Sissel has found his calling and lives to feed his students’ natural curiosity each day in the classroom.

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Posted November 26, 2014in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Meet Dave Fitzpatrick

Dave Fitzpatrick greets students in the hallway and adds a personal touch to his class. He enjoys talking one on one with students and getting to know each of them. The Churdan native teaches history at Southeast Polk High School. He  attended Grand View College (now Grand View University) with

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Posted November 26, 2014in Altoona, Community Featured, Email blast

Meet Jason Leete

With teachers who showed a genuine interest in him and who encouraged him to go beyond the standard requirements for assignments, Jason Leete is now doing the same for his students. “I think I knew I wanted to be a teacher after working with very influential teachers,” says Leete, second

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Posted November 26, 2014in Bondurant, Community Featured

Meet Travis Evans

Travis Evans is a secondary physical education teacher for Bondurant-Farrar Community School District. He is also the high school boys basketball coach, and with the season approaching, this keeps him busy. Evans got his undergrad degree at Iowa Wesleyan College. While majoring in physical education, he was a four-year letter

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Posted November 25, 2014in Community Blogs, Fort Dodge

Giving Thanks

The weather has definitely changed and that starts everyone, including The Fort Dodge Community School District, thinking about the upcoming holiday season.  As we take stock of all that we have and all that has been accomplished over the last year, we have much to be thankful for. We have

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Posted November 19, 2014in Ankeny, Community Featured

Meet Jill Heimerman

Jill Heimerman taught elementary school before accepting a position at Ankeny First United Methodist Church’s preschool program, Bright Beginnings, in 2006. She served as a preschool teacher for four years before leaving for a year, and then returned last spring to become the preschool director and teacher. She currently oversees

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Posted November 19, 2014in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Meet Joe Grandanette

Having been at Windsor Elementary for 27 years, Joe Grandanette appreciates the time-honored tradition that Windsor has on its side. This school was originally built with a separate auditorium, cafeteria and gymnasium. There was no intent to share rooms. “This school was mapped out the right way,” Grandanette says. “And

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Posted November 19, 2014in Community Featured, Winterset

Meet Tony McCutchan

Tony McCutchan is just beginning his fourth year this fall as Winterset High School’s chemistry and physics teacher. Ten years ago, McCutchan went back to college to make a career change and to make a difference in young peoples’ lives. He grew up in Greenfield but moved for the last

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