Posted July 01, 2015in Ames, Community Featured

Acting class

Improvisation is a skill central to acting. When a line is forgotten, a different one can be used to get the same meaning across. When a Super Summer acting class can’t find a teacher, two high school students are recruited. And when they can’t find a play that fits their

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Posted July 01, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Urbandale

Meet Sara Fisher

Sarah Fisher has been teaching for fifteen years now, with more than a decade spent at Johnston Community School District. Currently, she teaches third grade at Timber Ridge Elementary. “Kindergarten, first, third and fifth grades are huge grades,” she says. “They learn so many new concepts. When they are younger

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Posted July 01, 2015in Clear Lake, Community Featured

Meet Bobbi Jo Wild

Learning doesn’t stop for the summer. Learning can take a much more interactive form, filled with project days where kids direct their own learning, guided by leaders and accompanied by friendships cemented over the years. For Bobbi Jo Wild, summer is the high season for learning as she wades in

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Posted July 01, 2015in Community Featured, Urbandale

Meet Heidi Zwick

Helping children be successful in school was an appealing idea to Heidi Zwick. When the opportunity to be a facilitator of family outreach services for Urbandale Middle School opened up five years ago, Zwick knew she wanted to apply. When she accepted the position, part of the allure was working

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Posted June 24, 2015in Boone, Community Featured, Email blast

Meet Jim Fitzgerald

School may be out for the summer, but Mr. Jim Fitzgerald stays busy throughout the year with students in the Boone High School FFA Chapter. “Summer is just about as busy as the school year,” says Fitzgerald, who serves as FFA advisor and agriculture teacher in Boone. Already in June,

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Posted June 24, 2015in Beaverdale, Community Featured

Meet Steven Gade

You typically wouldn’t think of an eighth-grade Civics teacher as someone who would lose time from discussing the Constitution to work on developing his students’ character. But, that’s exactly what you could expect to find in Mr. Steven Gade’s classroom at Meredith Middle School on Des Moines’ northwest side. “Developing

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Posted June 24, 2015in Bondurant, Community Featured

Meet Keri Kleinschmit

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 June 24, 2015in Community Featured, Waukee

Meet Karla St. John

“I’ve known I wanted to be a teacher since I was 10 years old,” says Karla St. John, ninth grade teacher for Timberline School, which will open this fall. “My ninth-grade biology teacher was so amazing I knew I wanted to teach science.” St. John earned a bachelor’s in science

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Posted June 24, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Meet Justin Dehmer

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 June 17, 2015in Community Featured, Winterset

Meet Nate Huston

Nate Huston spent most of his life growing up in the Martensdale area. He graduated from Martensdale/St. Mary’s high school. After high school, he worked construction and electrical. He also spent a lot of time in the restaurant industry serving and cooking food. “I was always looking for ways to

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