Posted November 19, 2014in Ankeny, Community Featured, Email blast

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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Posted November 19, 2014in Community Featured, Webster City

Fulfilling their civic duty

The act of donating blood does much more than help save lives. During a recent community blood drive, it gave Webster City High School students the opportunity to experience the act of filling a civic role, satisfaction derived from knowing they had helped save lives and the fun and camaraderie

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Posted November 19, 2014in Community Featured, Grimes

Meet Ashley Sloan

Ashley Sloan’s passion for dancing led her into the field of education. ”I started dancing at 4 years old because I was very shy, and my parents thought dancing might bring me out of my shell,” Sloan says. “As I got older, I enjoyed it so much that I wanted

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Posted November 18, 2014in Community Blogs, Norwalk

November Update

I am pleased to share that another Norwalk educator received statewide honors.  Darin Schreck has been selected as the Iowa Middle School Athletic Director of the Year.  Congratulations to Darin for a well-deserved recognition! More good news for Norwalk, 2014 ACT test results indicate one of the best performances in

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Posted November 18, 2014in Community Blogs, Fort Dodge

American Education Week: Teachers are the key to unlocking the world

November 17-21 marks the annual observance of American Education Week. This year’s American Education Week’s tagline is, “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.” This focus highlights the importance of bringing together teachers, parents, students, and communities in a unified effort to build great public schools.  Fort Dodge

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Posted November 12, 2014in Community Featured, Fort Dodge

Meet Amy Seehusen

It’s never too late to make a dream come true. Amy Seehusen was already busy, raising two children and working full time, yet in the back of her mind was a dream yet to come true. “I’ve always loved working with children, and I just decided that it was time

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Posted November 12, 2014in Community Featured, West Des Moines

Meet Katie Carlson

Having attended West Des Moines public schools as a child, including graduating from Valley High School in 2008, Katie Carlson was familiar with the school district’s reputation for academic excellence. So when she graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, she coveted the opportunity to

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Posted November 12, 2014in Community Featured, Des Moines West

Meet Melinda Hendrickson

One phone call. That’s all it took to change the course of Melinda Hendrickson’s career. She was a freshman at Simpson College, majoring in French. After hearing her audition at the music department for a participation scholarship, the department head had other plans for her. He called the head of

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