Stephanie Schultes has had a variety of teaching experiences on her way to Dallas Center-Grimes.
The Exira native’s first teaching job was in Council Bluffs where she taught second grade for three years. She then took seven years off to be a stay-at-home mom with her two boys, Payton and Rylan.
When she returned to teaching, it was at a private preschool in Des Moines, followed by two years teaching kindergarten at Willard Elementary School in south Des Moines.
She started teaching at Dallas Center-Grimes this fall with a kindergarten class at South Prairie Elementary School.
There were some differences between Willard and South Prairie, but the students are a lot alike.
“I loved working with those students,” Schultes says. “Every day they wanted to be there, wanted to learn.
“Here the students are excited to come in to class, too. They come in skipping and hopping,” she says. “The parent involvement here is really nice. That makes such an impact, how ready the students are when they arrive.”
Schultes says no one grade is her favorite to teach,
“Whatever I’m doing at the time, but I do love kindergarten,” she says.
Her favorite part of the day is “just watching the students learn something, when they are excited learning something new.”
Schultes says her favorite subject is math.
“I love reading, too,” she says. “They are very excited to learn about math.”
Right now her students are learning to read graphs and sorting with M&Ms.
“Anything hands-on in math is important and a fun way to help them learn,” she says.
Schultes is enjoying her latest adventure in teaching.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the DC-G School District, and it has been a privilege working with all the wonderful staff at South Prairie,” she says. “My kindergarten students inspire me to be a better teacher each and every day. They amaze me with their humor, kindness and love of learning. I look forward to watching them learn and grow over the years.”