Posted September 17, 2014in Community Featured, Email blast, Windsor Heights

Meet Noreen Nsereko

Noreen Nsereko has been teaching environmental science and Advanced Placement environmental science at Roosevelt High School for eight years. Her core student base is juniors, although she teaches a handful of sophomores and seniors as well. “One of the best things I like about this age is looking forward to

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Posted September 17, 2014in Community Featured, Webster City

The Backpack Program

Students with a need throughout the Webster City School District, kindergarten through 12th grade, are receiving assistance getting their nutritional requirements met through something called the Backpack Program. Once a month, volunteers put together sacks of  food such as macaroni and cheese, crackers, fruit cups, oatmeal and more, which are

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Posted September 17, 2014in Community Featured, Winterset

Meet Josh Henry

Born and raised in Winterset, Josh Henry is a new teacher to the Winterset school district this year in second and third grade special education. He was also hired as the boys head basketball coach. Henry is a 2008 Winterset High School graduate. He began his college career at Iowa

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Posted September 17, 2014in Community Featured, Grimes

Meet Jayna Gosling

Jayna Gossling is a third grade teacher at North Ridge Elementary School in Grimes. “In my 20-plus years teaching both third and fourth grades, I would have said earlier that fourth grade was my favorite. But now I say this is where I belong. I love the third graders; they

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Posted September 17, 2014in Ankeny, Community Featured

Meet Jessica McClellan

Jessica McClellan, the new music teacher at Crocker Elementary, says she was quite young when she knew she wanted to be a music teacher. Growing up, she was always involved in choir and other musical pursuits, so the decision was an easy one. “It was probably around my junior or

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Posted September 16, 2014in Community Blogs, Fort Dodge

It’s Homecoming at FDSH!

It’s Homecoming Week at FDSH!  Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back the alumni of a school, and has its origin in alumni football games held at colleges and universities since the 19th century. While I don’t know when the first Homecoming was observed at Fort Dodge, I do know that

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Posted September 10, 2014in Community Featured, Des Moines West

Meet Martin Schmidt

Martin Schmidt is part professor, part counselor to his students at Des Moines University. Medical biochemistry, one of the courses Schmidt teaches, is medical students’ first real taste of the academic rigor to come, he says. It can be an eye-opening experience, testing the mental and psychological mettle of individuals,

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Posted September 10, 2014in Community Featured, Fort Dodge

Meet Robin Bishop

It’s hard to imagine Robin Bishop becoming anything other than a teacher. Some professions truly are in the blood, and Bishop, first grade teacher at St. Edmond’s Catholic School in Fort Dodges, comes by her education career from a long line of women teachers. “I’m a fifth-generation teacher on my

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Posted September 10, 2014in Community Featured, Greene County

Meet Anna Miller

Anna Miller, in her second year at Paton-Churdan School District, says her focus is on the needs of her students Miller teaches kindergarten through 12th grade special education. She is one of two special education teachers in the district. “I do both in-class and out-of-class work with the students,” Miller

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Posted September 10, 2014in Community Featured, Norwalk

Meet Sarah Huff

Successful collaborative teachers in inclusive environments all possess one basic belief — that all children can learn,” says Jill Anderson, principal at Lakewood Elementary. “Special educators have a passion for providing a service to children with unique needs…(They) are masters at creating learning opportunities for all students within their classroom.”

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