Posted May 27, 2015in Bondurant, Community Featured, Email blast

Meet Keri Kleinschmidt

A graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in elementary education with endorsements in reading and special education, Keri Kleinschmit is a second grade teacher at Morris Elementary. Keri is not necessarily new to Bondurant as she was a student teacher under Heidi Sirdoreous at Anderson Elementary. “I was

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Posted May 27, 2015in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Meet Katie Henry

Sports teams, cheerleaders, dieters, and women having babies all have coaches…so why not teachers? Southeast Polk High School has introduced a new teaching position within their system. The Instructional Coach is often a seasoned teacher, boasting vast experience in the teaching field. The coach goes into the classroom, and helps

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Posted May 27, 2015in Community Featured, Waukee

Meet Stacy Hansen

It was while attending an Inquiry Conference on education that Stacy Hansen, then a fifth grade teacher at Eason Elementary, began to consider Eason’s open position for an Extended Learning Program (ELP) teacher. According to Hansen, “The conference encouraged students to be curious and to have ‘voice and choice’ in

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Posted May 27, 2015in Boone, Community Featured

Meet Jan Moeller

Forty years in a classroom is impressive all on its own, but for Mrs. Jan. Moeller, it’s even more remarkable that 39 of those 40 years have been spent at Trinity Lutheran School in Boone. A Waterloo native and graduate of Concordia University in Chicago, Moeller taught one year at

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Posted May 27, 2015in Beaverdale, Community Featured

Meet Jillea Bueso

There are some students at Meredith Middle School that are only there for a semester. There is a few that frequent northwest Des Moines’ middle school for two years. Some of them are out-of-district students. All of them are students of Mrs. Jillea Bueso. Bueso is famed for being an

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Posted May 27, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured

Meet Christy Bartels

For Christy Bartels, making her way to the Southeast Polk Community School District was a natural choice. “My husband grew up in Altoona and attended Southeast Polk as a kindergartner up through 12th grade.” With family in the area they moved from Des Moines to Runnells. “I soon realized how

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Posted May 20, 2015in Ankeny, Community Featured

Meet Cassie Ihle

Cassie Ihle loves teaching third graders at Terrace Elementary. Before coming to Ankeny, she taught other grades in Carlisle and in Iowa Falls, but she says third graders are especially fun. “They seem like they really enjoy learning, and it’s fun for them, but they can pick up independent tasks,”

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Posted May 20, 2015in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Meet Missy Barrie

In her spare time this month Miss Missy Barrie is planning a road trip with family and friends to Utah seeking at least ten national parks along the way. She’s also planning to make an appearance in Hannibal, Missouri for Tom Sawyer Days. She’s probably doing this over a cup

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Posted May 20, 2015in Community Featured, Grimes

Meet Kayde Sberal

Kayde Sberal teaches third and fourth grade art at North Ridge Elementary School in Grimes. She started out with a desire to become a physical therapist. But after graduating from Mason City High School in 2004, and beginning classes at NIAC (Northern Iowa Area Community College) she said “all those

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Posted May 20, 2015in Community Featured, Winterset

Meet Tawyne Gibson

Tawnye Gibson considered teaching when she was in college. But education majors were plentiful at that time so she graduated with a bachelor of arts in a marketing instead. She worked at a bank for eight years. But when her kids were born she wanted to stay at home with

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