Sunday, November 29, 2015

Posted September 02, 2015in Community Featured, Urbandale

Meet Larry Zahm

For Larry Zahm, principal at St. Pius X Catholic School, the start of the school year brings with it a renewed sense of purpose. “A new school year is always exciting – to see the students again and hear what they have done in the summer months. It is fun

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Posted September 02, 2015in Community Featured, Johnston

Meet Donna Pierce

Donna Pierce begins her 26th year teaching when she starts another year teaching math and science to sixth graders at Summit Middle School this fall. “I taught elementary for 12 or 13 years before I made the shift to middle school, and I will probably never go anywhere else,” she

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Posted August 26, 2015in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Meet Mike Dailey

Mike Dailey, principal at Southeast Polk Junior High School, is a guy you want to get to know. Dailey recently received the 2015 Iowa Talented and Gifted award, and is as humble as can be when it comes to talking about himself, and his accomplishments as a principal. “I think

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Posted August 26, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured, Email blast

Meet Kari Fast and Amy Daugherty

With a new school year in progress, Southeast Polk high school guidance counselors Kari Fast and Amy Daugherty are in full swing. Their work with students is an important balance of harnessing academic, social, and emotional skills. This effort helps students successfully complete high school as well as develop and

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Posted August 26, 2015in Community Featured, Waukee

Meet Danae Edwards

The Waukee Parks & Recreation program has changed significantly since Recreation Supervisor Danae Edwards started two years ago. “I interned during the summer of 2013. A position opened that fall, and I came on full time,” she says. Since then, the department has expanded programming to meet a variety of

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Posted August 26, 2015in Boone, Community Featured

Meet Scott Kelley

Scott Kelley is the new principal at Boone Middle School this fall.“I haven’t gone too far,” says Scott Kelley, the incoming principal at Boone Middle School. But while Kelley may be new to the position, he’s hardly a new face in Boone. Indeed, the Boone Community School District is like

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Posted August 26, 2015in Bondurant, Community Featured

Meet Sarah Tisdale

Education is in second grade teacher Sarah Tisdale’s blood. “I can’t deny it.” Daughter of a principal and a teacher, she tried to pursue accounting in college. She took a variety of classes at Central College in Pella, and fell in love with teaching. “I love seeing the light bulb

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Posted August 19, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Winterset

Meet Angie Olson

Beginning this fall, Angie Olson will be starting her 20th year as a Winterset school district teacher. She received her elementary education degree with endorsements in math and reading from Simpson College. She completed her student teaching in Norwalk and was offered her first position here in Winterset teaching fifth

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Posted August 19, 2015in Community Featured, Grimes

Meet Lorrie Grandganett

Lorrie Grandganett is a long time associate at the South Prairie Elementary School in Grimes, Iowa. She is beginning her 19th year with the school district, all at South Prairie. She began her path, by becoming a volunteer in the kindergarten class of one of her nephews. “I found that

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Posted August 19, 2015in Ankeny, Community Featured

Meet Kathy Van Houten

Kathy Van Houten loves teaching third grade to kids at Northeast Elementary. The teacher will start her tenth year in the Ankeny Community School District this fall. She started teaching kindergarten, but this will be her sixth year teaching fifth grade. “They come in, and they’re so curious about everything,”

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