Posted March 25, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Pleasant Hill

Nurturing the body and mind

The Orange Planet…is located conveniently in beautiful Pleasant Hill… not in outer space, amongst the other planets of our illustrious solar system. David Charleston is the founder, and owner/director of The Orange Planet and Hope2Offer Student Services, a non-profit student organization here in Des Moines. Charleston is also a site director

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Posted March 25, 2015in Boone, Community Featured

Meet Chris Myers

Looking back on three decades in one profession, Mr. Chris Myers can’t help but feel thankful. “I have truly felt supported and blessed to work in this community,” Myers says. The long-time principal will close the book on his career in education at the end of this school year. After

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Posted March 25, 2015in Community Featured, Waukee

Meet Tyler Bleckwehl

“I always knew I wanted to become a teacher,” Bleckwehl stated, “I had a really good support system growing up and I knew that I wanted to become that for future generations.” Tyler Bleckwehl graduated from The University of Northern Iowa with a degree in elementary and middle level education

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Posted March 25, 2015in Beaverdale, Community Featured

Meet Camille Johnson

As a high schooler in the Urbandale School District, Camille Johnson would volunteer at organizations such as Grey’s Luthern Church, Smouse School and Easter Seals. It was her time spent with these organizations that first sparked her interest in becoming a teacher for special education. “After volunteering, I became interested

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Posted March 25, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured

Meet Amanda Carter

Born and raised in Harlan, Iowa, Amanda Carter received her Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education from Iowa State University. Since that time, Carter has also picked up an endorsement in coaching, an endorsement in Spanish, 2 reading endorsements from Morningside College located in Sioux City, Iowa, and is soon to

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Posted March 25, 2015in Bondurant, Community Featured

Meet T.J. Voss

Bondurant-Farrar third grade teacher, T.J. Voss, lives his personal and professional life by this quote. Actually, third grade is the only grade that Mr. Voss has taught since becoming a teacher. “I really enjoy this age because they are old enough to be independent and really enjoy coming to school.”

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Posted March 18, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Grimes

Meet Katherine Southmayd

“I never really cared for teaching until I was in college,” Southmayd says, “I had an opportunity to take a C-base test that would allow me to enter a teaching program. I said to myself, if I pass this test I’ll go into teaching. And when I had a pre-school

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Posted March 18, 2015in Ankeny, Community Featured

Meet Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller came to Ankeny to teach fifth grade at Westwood Elementary three years ago, and since then she says she loves what has been happening in the Ankeny district with its teachers and students and technology. “It’s very innovative,” she says. “I love the technology opportunities that we have

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Posted March 18, 2015in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Meet Kristin Shell

It’s a true blessing to love what you do. For thirteen years, Ms Kristin Shell has had the opportunity to blend her passion of Australia with her love of teaching. Clive Elementary has been lucky enough to have her as one of their third grade teachers. Not something she expected,

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Posted March 18, 2015in Community Featured, Webster City

Transitioning schools

Special activities were held at the Webster City Middle School last month to welcome and facilitate the transition of Northeast Hamilton students to Webster City. In early February, Northeast Hamilton students from sixth, seventh and eighth grades, were invited to spend part of their day at The Webster City Middle

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