Posted December 19, 2014in Community Featured, Winterset

Meet Pam Schroeder

  Pam Schroeder finished her first marching band season this fall as the new ninth through twelfth grade band instructor at Winterset High School. Schroeder grew up in Cedar Rapids. She received her degree in trumpet performance and music education from the University of Iowa. Her first year of teaching

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Posted December 18, 2014in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Meet Shelley Carter

  Cherishing kindergarten Windsor Elementary Kindergarten teacher appreciates all young students years past and today It’s been sixteen years that Ms. Shelley Carter has been teaching at Windsor Elementary. Through time her love of teaching and seeing children progress has not changed. In those sixteen years, however, there have been

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Posted December 18, 2014in Community Featured, Webster City

Creativity Encouraged

    Self expression through the arts is an important concept at Webster City High School. Art teachers, Aaron Shirley and Jacqueline Faust, understand that, they see it every day in their classrooms, and do all they can to foster that individualized expression. The result is some amazing pieces of art.

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Posted December 18, 2014in Community Featured, Email blast, Grimes

Meet Mrs. Michelle Breach

  Michelle Breach is the new music teacher for third and fourth graders at North Ridge Elementary School in Grimes and kindergarten through fourth graders at Dallas Center Elementary School in the Dallas Center-Grimes community School District.   Breach grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where she graduated from Kickapoo High

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Posted December 17, 2014in Ankeny, Community Featured

Meet Kelli Albrecht

  Kelli Albrecht has been teaching at Prairie Trail Elementary since it opened in 2012, but the second-grade teacher has been teaching in Ankeny for a total of 14 years. Though she’s taught both first and second grade, she says she especially loves seeing how her students mature during the

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Posted December 17, 2014in Altoona, Community Featured

Meet Melissa Rasmusson

After graduating from UNI with a degree in elementary education, Melissa Rasmusson has taught throughout the Southeast Polk School District for the past 11 years. Originally from Altoona, Iowa teaching is a large part of Melissa’s family history. “My grandmother was a 2nd grade teacher and my father a PE

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Posted December 15, 2014in Community Featured, Fort Dodge

Reading is Essential

  By Stacey Cole, Director of Education Services & Brad Buck, Director, Iowa Dept. of Education The FDCSD is working hard to make sure that all children read well by the end of third grade.  We are also working hard to ensure that we are communicating this work to parents

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Posted December 09, 2014in Community Featured, Norwalk

Meet Melanie Scallon

For Melanie Scallon, becoming a teacher was always an interest, even as a child. However, it was working for the Daycare for Exceptional Children in Des Moines that secured her passion for teaching. “I loved my work there,” says Scallon. She continued working there while she earned her degree in

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Posted December 09, 2014in Community Featured, Fort Dodge

Meet Diane Sporrer

It is a path that has come full circle for Diane Sporrer at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Fort Dodge. The Fort Dodge native grew up in St. Paul’s, the third generation of her family to graduate from the preschool to eighth grade institution. Today, her own children are the

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Posted December 09, 2014in Community Featured, Des Moines West

Meet Jennifer Brinkman

Jennifer Brinkman feels like she’s come full circle. A lifelong Catholic, she’s attended and taught at Catholic schools. She’s currently a second grade teacher at St. Augustin School in Des Moines, a job opportunity she jumped at eight years ago. That’s because the person who inspired her as a middle

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