Posted October 01, 2014in Adel, Community Featured

Meet Kimberly Anderson

ADM’s new elementary assistant principal Kimberly Anderson grew up in Clinton. From as far back as she can remember, she had teachers and coaches in her life who took the time to get to know her and encourage her to work hard. They inspired her to join the profession that

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Posted October 01, 2014in Community Featured, Urbandale

Meet Megan Fiscus

Rolling Green fourth grade instructor Megan Fiscus has always known she wanted to be a teacher. “I love being able to work with students every day,” she says. Her pursuit of a degree in education took her to the University of Northern Iowa where she double majored in elementary education

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Posted October 01, 2014in Community Featured, Perry

Meet Alyse Weishaar

Each day is a perfect day to learn something new. It is a gift to the future when a new teacher emerges to shine a light on the path to knowledge. Perry High School welcomes back 2006 graduate Alyse Weishaar as she joins the rank of instructor in the English

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Posted October 01, 2014in Ames, Community Featured

Meet Marcia Downing

About one year ago, the Ames School District lost board member Dan Woodin. He was well-respected for his genuine care for the students and staff of the district. An award was set up in remembrance, honoring one teacher each year who best continues his legacy of working to improve Ames’

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Posted October 01, 2014in Community Featured, Johnston

Meet Tom Griffin

Social studies is a passion for Tom Griffin. “History has always been my interest — to understand why things have happened and to understand context,” says the U.S. history teacher at Johnston High School. But not all of his students share his zeal for the topic. So it’s his job

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Posted September 30, 2014in Community Blogs, Fort Dodge

Developing Positive, Healthy and Productive Youth is Priority One

“Our youth are 20 percent of our population and 100 percent of our future.” As citizens, we should strive to ensure that all youth have the opportunity to thrive and develop a strong sense of hope for their future. Many of our youth face barriers that make it very difficult

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Posted September 24, 2014in Altoona, Community Featured

Meet Anne Kenney

Originally from Des Moines, Anne Kenney graduated from Drake University with a degree in elementary education. After graduation, Kenney first taught fourth grade at Brubaker Elementary located in Des Moines. She would later go on to earn her master’s degree in elementary education from Viterbo University. “Growing up, I always

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Posted September 24, 2014in Community Featured, Waukee

Meet Erin Peek

Giving hugs and wiping away tears are all in a day’s work for Erin Peek. They may not be listed in her job description, but come with the territory for the guidance counselor at Brookview Elementary in West Des Moines. “One of my favorite parts of the job is those

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Posted September 24, 2014in Beaverdale, Community Featured

Meet Stacey Enloe

Perkins Academy has many great teachers. Stacey Enloe, a fourth grade teacher, believes her school has the best teachers around, each striving to be lifelong learners and truly caring about each of his or her students’ well-being. “I am proud to be part of the Perkins team of teachers,” Enloe

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Posted September 24, 2014in Boone, Community Featured

Meet Kara Langan

What’s a California girl doing in Iowa? Kara Langan came for an education — and stayed to make a life for herself. The genetics program at Iowa State University drew Langan to Iowa but, by the time she changed majors to education, she had already fallen in love with the

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