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Meet The Coaches

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    Allison Peabody

    Local Coaches GA

    Allison is the Instructional Coach at Pike County Elementary School in Zebulon, GA and has taught nearly all grades at the elementary level. Allison received her BA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia, M.Ed. from University of West Georgia, and an Ed.S. in Educational Supervision and Administration from Lincoln Memorial University.

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    Amber Moore

    Local Coaches IA

    Amber Moore is an educator at the Atlantic Middle School in Atlantic, IA. She currently teaches eighth grade science, is an AIW Local Coach, and a member of the district leadership team. She earned her bachelor’s degree in middle school education from York College in York, NE in 2002.

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    Amy Belding

    Local Coaches IA

    Amy teaches MS health and physical education for Pella Community Schools. Amy also taught for Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and for Independent School District #763, Minnesota. Amy’s B.A. is from Wartburg College and M.A. from University of Northern Iowa. She serves on the AIW leadership team and coaches.

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    Amy Block

    Local Coaches IA

    Amy is in her 8th year of teaching music at Panorama Elementary. She is currently in her 25th year of teaching private piano lessons as well. Amy holds a BA in music with an education endorsement from Briar Cliff University. She has worked with AIW for 2 years and was part of the AIW Fine Arts cohort with the Panorama Community School District.

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    Amy Hutchinson

    Local Coaches IA

    Amy is an eighth grade language arts teacher and Teen Leadership instructor at Nevada Middle School in Iowa. She serves as a learning team coach and AIW local coach.  Amy’s B.A. is in Elementary Education with Reading Endorsement at Northwestern College. She earned her M.A. in C/I at University of St. Mary’s, with a K­8 English/LA Endorsement.

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    Amy Jaeschke

    Local Coaches IA

    Amy has taught business and marketing, and been an at-risk instructor at Fort Dodge Senior High for the past 14 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Buena Vista University.

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    Amy Mastin

    Local Coaches MN

    Amy Mastin began her teaching career in 2001. She is currently working at Laporte School in Laporte, Minnesota where she teaches third grade and serves as an AIW local coach. She earned a BS in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University with an emphasis in Reading.

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    Andrew Sundberg

    Local Coaches MN

    Andrew is in his 12th year of teaching in Laporte School, currently teaching mathematics in grades 5-8. He earned both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Bemidji State University. Involved in AIW for the past 3 years, Andrew was a member of the original pilot team and now serves as a local coach.

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    Angie Emerick

    Local Coaches IA

    Angie is the high school instructional coach and local coach at Carroll High School. Previously, Angie was the physical science teacher at Carroll High for 5 years. She has also taught all high school courses at three other districts. Angie received her Bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University in 1999.

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    Ann Kluver

    Local Coaches IA

    Ann teaches eighth grade reading at Carroll Middle School. She graduated from Buena Vista University in 2005 with a BA in Elementary Education and Special Education. She received her MS in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in reading in 2009 from Buena Vista University. Ann became a part of the AIW team upon joining the CMS staff in 2010.

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    Ann Norton

    Local Coaches IA

    Ann has been a classroom teacher for grades 3, 5, 7-8 Reading, and Title 1 Reading, a building principal, and is currently the K-12 school improvement coordinator facilitating professional learning and leadership at Maquoketa Valley Schools. She holds a BS degree from Mt. Mercy University, an MA from Viterbo University, and an administrative endorsement from Morningside.

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    April D. Teal

    Local Coaches GA

    April was a classroom teacher for 16 years and is an instructional coach for Pike County. She earned a BA degree from Mercer University, an MA from Georgia College, and is working on a Specialist degree in school leadership from Columbus College. She has an Instructional Coaching Endorsement and has worked at Pike Primary School for 10 years.

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    Ayn Thoreson

    Local Coaches IA

    Ayn is in her sixth year of teaching high school Spanish and is currently teaching at Spencer High School, with degrees in Spanish and Business Admin from Iowa State University. After working in the corporate world, she got her MA in Education and began teaching. She is a local coach and also serves on the District Leadership Team and 6-12 Professional Development Team.

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    Becky Koenig

    Local Coaches IA

    Becky teaches eighth grade language arts at Spencer Middle School. During her 30 year teaching career, she has taught 6th-12th grade English, speech and drama, and reading. As a local AIW coach, Becky serves on the professional development team planning, organizing, and coordinating PD for the district.

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    Brad Reiman

    Local Coaches IA

    Brad Reiman graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in education and endorsements in Mathematics and Special Education. Brad currently teaches sixth grade math at Spencer Middle School in Spencer, Iowa. Prior to that, he taught sixth grade at Lincoln Elementary also in Spencer.

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    Brant Bemus

    Local Coaches IA

    Brant is an Assistant Principal/AD at North High School in Sioux City, Iowa Prior to North High, Brant was the Principal at East Middle School in Sioux City with a lead team that explored AIW implementation. His B.A. is History Education from Wartburg College with an M.A. in Educational Leadership at University of Northern Iowa.

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    Bryan Friedrichs

    Local Coaches IA

    Bryan is an instructional coach at Fort Dodge Senior HS. He previously taught science in Minnesota for 4 years, and then a variety of science courses for 10 years at Fort Dodge. Bryan earned his B.S in Biology from the University of North Dakota and his Master of Education in Technology Integration from Graceland University.

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    Callie Anderson

    Local Coaches IA

    Callie serves as JK-2nd grade principal in the Creston Community School District. She previously taught Preschool, Kindergarten and had 4th/5th grade combined class. She has her BS in Education from Buena Vista University and her MS in Administration from Iowa State. Callie joined the AIW movement in Creston in 2013.

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    Carla Lee

    Lead Coaches IA

    Carla is currently an Instructional Coach for Northwest Area Education Agency. She holds a Master’s degree in Reading from Northwest Missouri State University and an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Kansas State University. She helps secondary teachers implement the English Language Arts Iowa Core. Carla supports North High School in Sioux City and West Monona School District in Onawa as an AIW Lead Coach and is a liaison for Hinton Middle and High School.

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    Carol King

    Local Coaches IA

    Carol is a middle school math teacher in the Creston Community School District. She is an original member of the district’s professional development AIW Lead Team and now serves as an AIW Coach for the district. Carol is a graduate of Buena Vista University and holds a M. Ed. from Graceland University.

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    Carrie Dawson

    Local Coaches IA

    Carrie has been in education for 19 years, teaching English 9-11 and French. She was a graduation coach for 2 years, working with at-risk students. The past 8 years have been in administration as both assistant principal and CTAE director at the secondary level, allowing her to continue to pursue her passion – focusing on student success.

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    Carrie Thonstad

    Local Coaches IA

    Carrie Thonstad is the Elementary Principal for the West Sioux School District. She has been an elementary educator in various roles for 15 years. She has experience as a Title I Reading specialist, Reading Recovery teacher, Multiage Classroom teacher, Classroom teacher and Elementary Administrator. She has been involved with AIW since 2010 and is a local coach for the district.

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    Catelin Santon

    Local Coaches IA

    Catelin Santon has been a kindergarten teacher at the Creston Early Childhood Center in Creston, Iowa for 4 years. She has also taught a variety of dance classes in Creston for 3 years. Earning her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood from Central College, she is a part of the Elementary School Lead Team and joined the AIW movement in 2014.

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    Cathy Jochims

    Local Coaches IA

    Cathy has taught third and fourth grade for 25 years, but recently accepted the elementary principal position at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. She has an MAT from Morningside College and Administrative Certification through the Iowa Principal Leadership Academy, and also has National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist. Cathy has served on the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn anchor team and is an AIW local coach for the district.

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    Chris White

    Local Coaches IA

    Chris teaches high school English and is an AIW Local Coach at South O’Brien Schools, where he has served for 5 years. In the past, he has taught Talented & Gifted, junior high English, and coached speech and soccer. Chris earned his BA in English & Secondary Ed at Northwestern College in 2009.

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    Christin DeJong

    Lead Coaches IA

    Christin is an instructional coach with Northwest Area Education Agency. Prior to her position there, Christin was an elementary teacher for 7 years. She has been trained in Reading Recovery at the University of South Dakota and holds a Masters of Education degree in Reading from the University of Sioux Falls. Christin is currently an AIW Liaison for two schools and an AIW Coach for two schools.

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    Cory Heiman

    Local Coaches IA

    Cory currently serves as the Dean of Students at Carroll Middle School in Carroll, Iowa and is an AIW Local Coach. Prior to this, he served 6 years as the Elementary Principal at Panorama Community Schools, taught fifth grade for 4 years at Maple Valley, and 5 years teaching seventh grade at Missouri Valley Community Schools.

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    Crista Limoges

    Local Coaches IA

    Crista is in her 11th year of teaching English and Psychology at Sioux City North. She has her BS in Education from Morningside College and her MS in Administration from Wayne State. Crista has served on North’s AIW Lead Team for 4 years and now serves as the AIW Local Coach as well.

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    Dan Breyfogle

    Local Coaches IA

    Dan has been a Social Studies teacher and athletic coach at Panorama Community Schools for the past 12 years. He obtained his BA in History/ Political Science Education from Iowa State University in 2000 and a MA in Educational Leadership from Drake University in 2007. Dan is currently a Local AIW Coach in the Middle School and High School at Panorama in Panora, Iowa.

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    Dana Carmichael

    Center Coaches MN

    Dr. Dana L. Carmichael has worked in public education domestically and abroad since 1987 in a variety of roles, including classroom teacher, K–12 Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, Director of NCLB, and most recently Director of Staff Development. Authentic Intellectual Work has been an integral part of her professional work since 1996. Her life mission is ensuring today’s youth have authentic learning experiences regardless of personal circumstance.

     

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    Dana Merfeld

    Local Coaches IA

    Dana is currently teaching in a K-1 multiage classroom at Monticello Community Schools in Monticello, IA. She has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She received her MA in Education from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI. Prior to Monticello, Dana spent 7 years teaching kindergarten and second grade in Cascade, IA. She has been involved with AIW since 2011 for the elementary buildings in Monticello.

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    Dawn Lanca-Potter

    Local Coaches GA

    Dawn serves as Curriculum Coordinator of Pike County Schools in Zebulon, GA. During her 20 year career, she has served as a middle grades teacher and MS instructional coach. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from University of Georgia and her Specialist degree from Georgia College.

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    Debbia Haywood

    Local Coaches IA

    Debbie Haywood is an Instructional Guide at Central Elementary School in Nevada, IA. In her 24 years she has taught 1st-4th grade Multi-Age and Years 2-5 in England for 8 years. Debbie a math trainer for Cognitively Guided Instruction and received a BA in Elementary Education and a Reading Endorsement from UNI, the British Teaching Qualification, and a Master’s in Effective Teaching, Learning and Leadership from Drake.

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    Debra Smith

    Local Coaches IA

    Debra currently teaches sixth grade language arts at Panorama MS/HS. She received her bachelor’s in elementary education with an endorsement in science and reading from ISU. She has worked with AIW for 4 years in the Panorama District. She is a CRISS trainer and is on the teacher leadership team.

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    Dr. Melissa G. Smith

    Local Coaches GA

    Melissa is principal of Pike County Elementary School, with a BSEd in Early Childhood Education from Columbus State University, her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from West Georgia State University, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia. Previously, she was an elementary teacher, an instructional coach and an assistant principal.

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    Elizabeth Glasnapp

    Local Coaches IA

    Beth teaches French, AP, and Global Competence Through Film at Pella High School. She is a 7-12 ESL teacher, a local coach and department curriculum lead. She has earned a Journalism BA from Drake, BA from the University of Iowa in Secondary Education and French, with MAs from Drake University in Ed Leadership and UNI in French Literature.

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    Elizabeth Hansen

    Local Coaches IA

    Liz teaches English, reading and speech in the Grinnell-Newburg School District. She has a BA in Speech Communication from Iowa State University and her MA in Education from Viterbo University. Liz is a member of the AIW anchor team,serves on the building leadership team, and has served 3 terms as the Coach-at-Large on the Iowa High School Speech Association’s Executive Committee.

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    Elli M. Wiemers

    Local Coaches IA

    Elli has been a high school math teacher since 1990 and an instructional coach since 2009 at Spencer Community School District in Iowa. In her role as instructional coach, she plans and delivers professional development to support AIW and other district priorities to teachers of grades 6–12. Elli holds PreK–12 administrator endorsement, earned a Masters in School Mathematics from ISU, and was a National Board Certified Teacher from 2000 to 2010 in Adolescent and Young Adult Mathematics.

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    Emily Gibson

    Local Coaches IA

    Emily is an educator at Central Elementary in Nevada, Iowa. She has taught kindergarten for the past 6 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa in 2010.

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    Eric C. Nelson

    Local Coaches IA

    Eric is the Pella HS Principal in Iowa, formerly serving as the assistant principal. He has taught and coached in several districts in Iowa and Kansas City. Eric holds a BS from Buena Vista University, MS from Kansas State, and a Specialist in Education from Drake University.

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    Eric Carlson

    Local Coaches MN

    Eric Carlson teaches art at Kelliher Public School in Northern Minnesota, specializing in painting, drawing, 2-D design and graphic design. He received his Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Bemidji State University in 2004. He did his student teaching in Havelock North, New Zealand and worked with special needs students at Schoolcraft charter school in Turtle River for 2 years. Eric is a local coach for Kelliher.

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    Erin Schroeder

    Local Coaches IA

    Erin is currently the business and computer teacher at West Sioux Middle School/High School in Hawarden, Iowa. She got her degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Business Teaching. She is also local coach and professional development leader in the district.

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    Fred Hucke

    Local Coaches IA

    Fred is an English/Speech Teacher and Speech Coach at Fairfield Community School District. He studied at University of Northern Iowa.

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    Fred Nolan

    Center Coaches MN

    Fred has worked in public education in Minnesota as a sixth grade teacher, elementary and middle school principal, community education director, and superintendent of schools since 1974. He currently serves as external partner for Ogilvie, Minnesota Public Schools in their school improvement grant providing coaching in Authentic Intellectual Work, curriculum mapping, curriculum development, and teacher evaluation system development. Fred also serves as the executive director of the Minnesota Rural Education Association. Fred holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Educational Administration with emphasis on communication, ethical leadership, and school culture.

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    Greg Ebeling

    Local Coaches IA

    Greg has been the Superintendent of Pella Community Schools since 2011. Prior to Pella he spent 7 years as superintendent in Spencer, and 5 years at Maquoketa Valley School in Delhi, Iowa. Greg started his career in as a math teacher and coach in Oskaloosa. He earned his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College, his M.A. from Drake, and his superintendent’s endorsement from UNI.

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    Gretchen Kriegel

    Local Coaches IA

    Gretchen is the Curriculum, Assessment, and Grant Writing Director at Monticello Community School District in Monticello, Iowa. Prior to working for Monticello schools, she was an Assistant Sector Coordinator for Keystone Area Education Agency in Dubuque. Gretchen has her MA in Educational Leadership and is in the process of completing her graduate course work to obtain her Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership. Before becoming a school administrator, Gretchen spent 10 years as a Special Education teacher holding positions that ranged from second grade to high school.

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    Heather Blakely

    Local Coaches IA

    Heather is the seventh grade Science teacher at Fairfield Middle School, in Fairfield, Iowa. She holds a BA in Science Education from the University of Northern Iowa and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. Heather also holds endorsements in Earth Science, Chemistry, and Biology. She serves as a local AIW coach for her district.

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    Heather Ludwig

    Local Coaches IA

    Heather currently teaches high school English and dual credit courses at Nevada Community Schools. Prior to teaching at Nevada, Heather taught at Greene Community Schools, Greene, Iowa. Heather earned her BA from Luther College, MSE from Drake University in Effective Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, and doctorate in Educational Leadership from Drake University.

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    Helen Kennedy

    Local Coaches MN

    Helen is completing her 36th year as an educator, first in special education and the last 16 years in administration. Helen earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND and earned her administrative certification at St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN. She currently serves as the 7-12 Principal at Bagley Junior Senior High School in Bagley, MN. Helen has been involved in AIW for 3 years.

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    Hope Bossard

    Local Coaches IA

    Hope has been in education for the past 34 years and is currently the Director of Curriculum and School Improvement at Gilbert Community Schools. Prior to Gilbert, she taught high school English, speech, and psychology before becoming the coordinator for the Effective Teaching Masters Program at Drake University. Hope earned a BA from Iowa State University, then MSE and Specialist degrees from Drake University. She has been a part of AIW since its pilot year.

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    Jackie Moorman

    Local Coaches IA

    Jackie is a MS special education teacher, a MTSS instructional coach, and an AIW coach for the Maquoketa Valley School District. Her elementary degree is from University of Iowa, MA in special education from Upper Iowa University, and administration certificate from the University of Northern Iowa.

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    James Northwick

    Local Coaches IA

    James Northwick is the Schuler Elementary Principal and Curriculum Director in Atlantic Community Schools. He earned his bachelors degree in elementary education at the University of Northern Iowa and his Master’s Degree from Iowa State University.

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    James T. Stanford

    Local Coaches GA

    James began his career in education as a teacher at Jonesboro High School, GA. He holds a BBA in Business Management from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of West Georgia. He serves in the role of Assistant Principal at Pike County High School in Zebulon, Georgia.

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    Jan Hansen

    Local Coaches IA

    Jan is a middle school special education teacher in her 8th year at Panorama Schools in Panora, Iowa. Jan is a Northwest Missouri State University graduate with a BS in Elementary Education and Special Education, in her 16th year of teaching. Jan is an AIW anchor team member and now serves as an AIW Local Coach and as a Professional Learning Coach in the secondary building.

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    Jan Thompson

    Local Coaches IA

    Jan Thompson has a Bachelors of Science in Math with a Secondary Education and Biology endorsement from South Dakota State University. She has taught High School Math and Biology for 25 years and is currently teaching High School Math at West Sioux High School.

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    Janelle Schorg

    Lead Coaches IA

    Janelle Schorg is currently an Instructional Coach and Math Consultant for Northwest Area Education Agency. Prior to her current position, she taught middle school Math and Reading for 8 years. Janelle holds a Master Educator License, including a BA in Elementary Education, and endorsements in middle school, math, and coaching. She is also a Cognitively Guided Instruction Leader in the state of Iowa. Janelle serves three school teams as an AIW Liaison and works with two school districts as Lead AIW Coach.

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    Jarrod O’Donnell

    Local Coaches IA

    Jarrod O’Donnell earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Buena Vista University and his Master in Music Education from Kent State University. He is an adjudicator and clinician for the IHSMA and individual contests around the state. As the high school Band Director at the Atlantic Community School District, Jarrod is actively involved with SWIBA Honor Band, AIW coaching, and TLC leadership.

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    Jean Kehoe

    Local Coaches IA

    Jean is currently the K-4 Literacy Specialist at Monticello Community Schools in Monticello, IA.  She has undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Psychology from the University of Iowa and Elementary Education from Coe College.  She received her MA in Mathematics for the Middle Grades from the University of Northern Iowa.  Prior to coming to Monticello, Jean spent 11 years teaching fifth grade and Title 1 math.

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    Jeannie Krambeer

    Local Coaches IA

    Jeannie is an K-12 instructional coach and tech integrationist for the North Fayette Valley School District. Previously, she has taught high school composition and yearbook classes, 6-8 middle school reading and language arts classes, and fifth and sixth grade reading extension classes.

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    Jeff Struck

    Lead Coaches IA

    Jeff is a Mathematics Consultant for Area Education Agency 267. He provides school improvement consulting along with technical assistance and leadership concerning Iowa Core Mathematics. Previously, he was a MS and HS mathematics teacher and a computer science programming teacher. Jeff holds a MS degree from the University of Iowa and a Master Educator’s License. He is an AIW Lead Coach and Liaison for districts in AEA 267.

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    Jeff Tadsen

    Local Coaches IA

    Jeff Tadsen is a K-5 art instructor in the Indianola Community School District in Iowa. He has taught art education for the past 20 years. Jeff was named Outstanding Elementary Art Educator for the state of Iowa in 1998. In addition to teaching, Jeff has served in a leadership capacity within various committees and school improvement groups and currently is serving as a local AIW coach for the district.

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    Jehanne Beaton Zirps

    Center Coaches MN

    After 15 years of teaching secondary social studies teaching in urban public schools, Jehanne has served as an instructional coach supporting interdisciplinary teaching, culturally relevant pedagogy, and authentic, student-centered teaching. She has just completed her doctorate in social studies education and teacher education and works as a partnership liaison between an urban high school and university teacher preparation programs.

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    Jenni Pudens

    Local Coaches IA

    Jenni Pudenz is an instructional strategist at the elementary building for the Gilbert Community School District. Prior to her instructional strategist position, Jenni taught second grade at Gilbert. Jenni obtained her Bachelor’s at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.

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    Jennifer Bleecher

    Local Coaches IA

    Jennifer is currently a teacher, local coach, and member of the leadership team with the Nevada Community School District. She teaches second grade in Nevada. Her teaching experiences include all grades K-6, in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Austin, and Nevada, IA.

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    Jennifer Gates

    Local Coaches IA

    Jennifer has taught since 1997 and is currently a science educator at Union High School where she also serves as an AIW Coordinator. She earned a BS in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University, MA in Science Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and National Board Teacher Certification in 2013.

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    Jennifer Huling

    Local Coaches IA

    Jennifer graduated from The University of Iowa and is a Nationally Board Certified English Language Arts teacher at Northeast Community School District where she teaches American Writings, World Literature, and Media. She coaches speech and golf and serves on the building leadership team and as a mentor for other teachers. Jennifer was a member of the pilot team for AIW at Northeast in 2008 and is a local AIW coach for her district.

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    Jennifer Schnormeier

    Local Coaches IA

    Jen has been a teacher at Gilbert High School for 15 years. Her current classes are English 10 and Yearbook. Jen obtained her Bachelor’s at Central College in Pella, Iowa and is serving as an AIW local coach for her district.

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    Jenny Allison

    Local Coaches GA

    Jenny is the Director of Teaching and Learning for Pike County Schools, Georgia. She has been and educator for 20 years with a background in music and special education and also works as an online instructor in the teacher education program at Boise State University. She now serves as an AIW Local Coach in her district.

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    Jerry Raymond

    Local Coaches IA

    Jerry is currently the middle school principal at Carroll Community Schools for the past 10 years. Additional administration duties were at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School (6 years) and Greene Jr/Sr High School (3 years). Jerry earned his master’s degree in Educational Administration from Drake University.

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    Jessica Hillers

    Local Coaches IA

    Jessica has been a high school English teacher at Monticello High School in Monticello, Iowa, for the past 5 years. She holds a BA in English-Teaching and an MA in English (TESS) from the University of Northern Iowa. At Monticello, Jessica is part of the high school’s building leadership team and School Improvement Advisory Committee.

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    Jessica Larsen

    Local Coaches IA

    Jessica teaches third grade at Washington Elementary for the Atlantic Community School District. This is her 9th year of teaching and is an AIW local coach for the district as well. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University and Master’s degree from Graceland University.

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    Jill Parker

    Local Coaches IA

    Jill Parker graduated from Simpson College with a degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading and Early Childhood. She is currently in her 4th year of teaching at Panorama Elementary in fourth grade. She serves as an AIW Local Coach and Mentor Teacher on the District Leadership Team.

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    Jim Edgeton

    Local Coaches IA

    Jim Edgeton has directed the marching band, 10-12 concert band and jazz band at Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Iowa since 1992. He sponsors the local chapter of National Honor Society and serves as a local AIW coach. Jim holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Music Education degree from Southern Methodist University. His previous teaching experiences were in Goldfield, Iowa and Dallas, Texas.

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    Joan Fredrickson

    Local Coaches IA

    Joan Fredrickson is the K-12 teacher librarian for the Panorama School District in Panora, Iowa. She received her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, her B.A. in Elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa and her B.S. in Sociology from Iowa State University. She is an AIW anchor team member and a professional learning coach at the Elementary.

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    Joan Nikkel

    Local Coaches IA

    Joan is a seventh grade literature teacher at the Pella Middle School. Prior to working in Pella, Joan taught fourth grade in Oskaloosa. She has also been a Reading Plus teacher as well as a sixth grade language arts teacher in Pella. Joan holds an elementary degree with an English minor and endorsements in reading and language arts. At Pella, Joan also serves as a local AIW coach.

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    Jody Herbold

    Lead Coaches IA

    Jody is a science consultant and instructional coach with Northwest Area Education Agency. Previously, Jody was a middle school science and history teacher for 9 years. She has a BS in Animal Science from Iowa State University, a BA in Education from Buena Vista University, a Professional Educator Masters from Morningside College, and a K-12 Administrative license from the Iowa Principal Leadership Academy. Jody currently is an AIW Coach in two schools and an AIW Liaison in two schools.

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    Joe Mueting

    Local Coaches IA

    Joe has been the high school principal at Spencer Community Schools for the past 6 years. Additional administration duties were at Spalding Catholic HS and Sheldon HS. He earned his master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. His first experience in AIW was as part of the Spencer High School pilot team in 2007.

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    John Fernstrum

    Local Coaches IA

    John is currently a junior/senior high American History teacher at South O’Brien School. He has served as the Athletic Director and coached several sports as well. He has a BA in Political Science from Northwestern College and a Masters in Education from the University of Sioux Falls. John hopes to finish soon his Educational Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas.

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    Jolene Schlemme

    Local Coaches IA

    Jolene is a first grade teacher in Monticello, Iowa. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in elementary education, minor in social studies, and an endorsement in reading, her master’s degree from Jones International University in Denver in curriculum, assessment, and instruction.

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    Josh Manning

    Local Coaches IA

    Josh has been the middle school principal at Pella Community Schools for the past 4 years. Additional administration duties were at Oskaloosa Elementary and Waukee Schools. Josh’s master’s is in Educational Leadership from Iowa State University with his undergraduate degree from Central College. His first experience in AIW was as a pilot team member in 2011.

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    Josh McCollum

    Local Coaches IA

    Josh began his teaching career in 2008 as a HS math teacher in Chariton, IA after graduating from Central College. Since then, he has transitioned to teaching MS math and PLTW courses in Pella, IA. In 2015 he became an AIW anchor and is an AIW Local Coach.

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    Julie Goecke

    Local Coaches IA

    Julie is a kindergarten teacher in the Nevada School District. She also taught at Odebolt-Arthur and Denison, IA. She is a graduate of Iowa State University and serves as an AIW local coach at Nevada.

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    Julie Weidenthaler

    Local Coaches IA

    Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Nevada Reno and has been teaching for 29 years. She is currently in her 13th year at Panorama where she teaches middle school science. She was part of their pilot AIW team 5 years ago and now serves her district as a local coach and as a mentor on the teacher leadership team.

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    Karen Komulainen

    Local Coaches MN

    Karen is a 7-12 Social Studies & Spanish teacher at Laporte Public School in northern Minnesota where she is in her 20th year of teaching. She earned her Social Studies Education Bachelor’s Degree from Adams State College in Colorado and her Spanish Education degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She received her MS in Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment from Walden University in 2006.

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    Karl Corbin

    Local Coaches IA

    Karl is presently teaching 7th-8th grade math at Nevada Middle School. He was a pilot member of his building for AIW. He earned his bachelor’s degree from ISU in Elementary Education with an endorsement in math and his Master’s from Drake University.

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    Kate Sutton

    Local Coaches IA

    Kathleen (Kate) Sutton teaches eighth grade language arts at Nevada Middle School, Nevada, Iowa, where she has been since 1998. Previously, Kate taught in Hutchinson, Minnesota, and Remsen, Iowa. She received her BA from Iowa State University and ME from Viterbo University. Kate has served on building and district teams including Iowa Core, School Improvement, and a member of the pilot AIW team.

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    Kate Wieczorek

    Local Coaches IA

    Kate teaches math at Nevada MS where she is also an Instructional Coach. Previously, she was a HS math teacher in central New York. Kate has a BA in Mathematics from the State University of New York College at Geneseo, an MS in Special Education from LeMoyne College, and also earned her National Board Certification in 2014.

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    Katherine Hunter

    Local Coaches IA

    Katherine graduated from Briar Cliff University with a bachelor’s in secondary education and Spanish. She is currently a Spanish teacher at Hinton High School and serves as a district AIW Local Coach.

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    Kathleen Synder

    Local Coaches IA

    Kathleen teaches ESL, TAG, and MS Second Chance Reading at Ar-We-Va School District. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from ISU in Teaching PreKindergarten/Kindergarten Children and her Master’s degree from Morningside College. She also has her ESL, TAG, K-12 Reading, and PreK-12 Administrator endorsements. She serves as the local coach for Ar-We-Va.

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    Kathryn Van Norden

    Local Coaches IA

    Kathryn is a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher and local AIW Coach at Pella High School. After working in the restaurant and textile industries for 15 years, she attended ISU to earn her teaching certification. She recently completed her Masters of Education and now looks forward to her next educational challenge!

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    Kathy Hageman

    Local Coaches IA

    Kathy is an instructional coach and technology integrationist at North Fayette Valley Schools, where she is a high school Local AIW Coach. She has taught at all levels in the areas of reading, English, and art. Kathy has an MA in education from Viterbo University.

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    Kathy Steinmetz

    Local Coaches MN

    Kathy teaches Special Education at Bagley High School and has worked in the district for 27 years. She earned her BS degree from Moorhead State University in Physical Education and Health Education. She has her coaching, SLD, MMI, and E/BD certifications. She earned her MS degree from Bemidji State University in Special Education with a focus on Reading.

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    Katie Borton

    Local Coaches IA

    Katie Borton is a seventh grade science teacher at Nevada Middle School. She has been there for 3 years. Katie has a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching Science from Iowa State University.

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    Katy Evenson

    Lead Coaches IA

    Katy Evenson currently serves as a school improvement consultant with Northwest Area Education Agency located in the northwest corner of Iowa. Prior to her current position, she was a business education teacher and curriculum coordinator for 13 years. Katy holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching and is completing her PreK-12 Educational Administration endorsement. Katy is currently a Lead AIW Coach for five schools and serves as an AIW Liaison for two schools.

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    Kelly Blomquist

    Local Coaches IA

    Kelly has been teaching Kindergarten for 9 years – 3 at Panorama. She earned her BA from Graceland University and began working with AIW in 2013 when she joined the Panorama teaching staff. She became a mentor teacher and member of the Panorama Elementary Teacher Leadership Team in 2015.

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    Kelly Borchers

    Local Coaches IA

    Kelly has taught for a total of 20 years, beginning her career at East Monona and Charter Oak-Ute with the last 18 years teaching gifted & talented in the Carroll CDS. Kelly holds a BA in history/sociology from the University of Northern Iowa with a G and T endorsement from Morningside College. She is a local AIW coach at Carroll Middle School.

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    Kelly Nunn

    Local Coaches IA

    Kelly Nunn is a graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. She has taught Early Childhood Special Education and Preschool at Panorama Elementary for 5 years. She is currently serving as a Professional Learning Coach and AIW Local Coach in her district.

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    Kendra Hamilton

    Local Coaches IA

    Kedra Hamilton currently teaches first and second grade Multi-Age at Nevada Central Elementary School. This is her 13th year of teaching. She earned her BA in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and her MA from Drake University in Effective Teaching, Learning, and Leadership.

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    Kerri Michael

    Local Coaches IA

    Kerrie serves as AIW Coordinator for the Union Community School District in La Porte City, IA. She received her BA in Secondary English Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and earned her National Board Certification in 2013. She has served on multiple school improvement committees.

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    Kevin Hosbond

    Local Coaches IA

    Kevin has taught English and speech at Fairfield High School since 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication Education with an English endorsement from Iowa State University. He also holds a Master of Education degree in Learning and Technology from Western Governors University. He is an award-winning IHSSA speech coach, AIW enthusiast, and first-year Local Coach in Fairfield.

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    Kevin Huffstetler

    Local Coaches GA

    Kevin is the principal of Pike County Elementary School in Georgia, also having served as Director of School Improvement, Director of Teaching and Learning, and HS administrator. He is transitioning to the principal of Pike County High School Fall 2016. Kevin holds a BA and MS from the University of Tennessee, with an EdS from Lincoln Memorial University.

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    Kim Carlson

    Local Coaches IA

    Kim currently serves as the 5–12 teacher-librarian in the Monticello Community School district. She has worked in the Monticello School District for the past 20 years. Kim has a Masters degree in Library Media Specialist from the University of Northern Iowa, and she is currently a Local AIW Coach for both the high school and the middle school in Monticello.

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    Kim Goodwin

    Local Coaches MN

    Kim has been an educator for 30 years, the past 5 as principal of Laporte K-12 School in Northern MN. She received her BS in Physical Education from UW-LaCrosse, her MS in Special Education from Bemidji State University and her Administration degree from St Cloud State University. She has taught Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education and Health Careers, and is now a local coach in Laporte.

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    Kyle Fett

    Local Coaches IA

    Kyle has taught fifth grade at Rock Run Elementary in Iowa Falls for 11 years. He is a local coach and also serves as the IPI engagement coach. Kyle’s B.A. is in Elementary and Middle Level Education from the University of Northern Iowa, with an M.A. in C/I from the University of Saint Mary and an M.A. in Ed Leadership from Viterbo University.

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    Kylee Boettcher

    Local Coaches IA

    Kylee Boettcher is a Buena Vista University graduate, currently teaching Language Arts for Panorama High School. Kylee serves on the Teacher Leadership Committee as a Professional Learning Coach and an AIW Local Coach.

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    Laura Atwood

    Local Coaches IA

    Laura is currently the principal at the Fairfield Middle School in Fairfield, Iowa. Prior to her current position, she taught high school and middle school social studies in North Carolina. Laura holds a MA in Educational Leadership and a BA in Social Sciences, with a Spanish minor and Talented and Gifted endorsement.

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    Laura Hensley

    Local Coaches IA

    Laura Hensley has a Bachelors of Science with Secondary Education endorsement from Illinois State University. She has taught Social Sciences and English at the secondary level and was an Alternative Education director. She received her Masters of Science in Education at Western Oregon University. Laura currently is the At-Risk Coordinator at West Sioux Middle and High Schools in Hawarden, IA.

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    Lesa Downing

    Local Coaches IA

    Lesa taught high school and middle school Social Studies at the Creston Community School District in Iowa for 16 years and began her career as 6-12 Instructional Coach in 2012. She works with the Lead Team to plan and support professional learning. Lesa graduated from Iowa State University with her Masters in Educational Leadership and she received her undergraduate degree in Education from Southern Illinois University.

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    Linda Zillig

    Local Coaches IA

    Linda is in her 2nd year as the Instructional Coach/GT Facilitator at George Washington Middle School in Dubuque, Iowa. Prior to that, she spent 13 years in special education at the high school level and 7 years teaching third grade. Linda also serves as an AIW local coach for her district.

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    Lindsey Good

    Local Coaches IA

    Lindsey Good will begin her 1st year as a mentor teacher and instructional strategist at Gilbert Middle School in the 2014-2015 school year. She has taught middle school math and science in Des Moines and Gilbert over the last 6 years. Lindsey holds an MS in Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Development from Drake University.

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    Lisa Greenig

    Local Coaches IA

    Lisa Greenig began her teaching career in 1995. In 2004 she accepted a full-time teaching position at Fairfield Community School District. Currently, she teaches Title math for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Lisa holds a Master Educator license. She has been involved with AIW since 2012 and became a local coach in 2014.

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    Lisa Wiese

    Local Coaches IA

    Lisa Wiese serves at the PK-6 Elementary Principal and PK-12 Curriculum Director for the South O’Brien School District. Previously, she taught in elementary special education and general education classrooms. Lisa received her BA and MAT from Morningside College and her PK-12 administrative degree through the Iowa Principal Leadership Academy. She has served on the district’s AIW Lead Team since 2011.

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    Liz Kluver

    Local Coaches IA

    Liz has been at Spencer HS since 2011 teaching business classes and careers. She received her undergraduate degree from Grand View College in Business Education and Business Administration with an MBA from Southwest Minnesota State University. She serves as a Teacher Leader and coaches a learning team.

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    Liz Labath

    Local Coaches IA

    Liz Labath was born and raised in St. Louis and continues the family business of being an educator. She received her BA from Central Missouri State and her teaching degree from Drake University. Liz has happily taught second grade for the Panorama district for the past 25 years.

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    Lorilee Boxleiter Hamel

    Local Coaches IA

    Lorilee Boxleiter Hamel is currently a 6-12 educational programmer for the Dubuque Community School District and is also the Higher Education Liaison. Lorilee taught middle school English/language Arts for 25 years. She received a BA in English from Loras College and her MS in education from the University of Wisconsin in Platteville. Lorilee is a local coach for the district and is charged with implementing and supporting AIW in all 18 of the Dubuque schools

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    Louise Bass

    Local Coaches MN

    Louise earned a Bachelors of Art degree in vocal, band and elementary music with piano performance from the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. She has taught K-12 music at Laporte Public School in Laporte, MN for over 20 years. She is a member of the pilot team and an AIW local coach.

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    Lucinda Boyd

    Local Coaches IA

    Lucinda has been educating students in Humboldt, Iowa, for 19 years. Her current roles include K–8 vocal music, curriculum leader for physical education/music/art, and Local AIW Coach for the Humboldt district, working closely with the elementary schools. Lucinda received her Bachelor of Music Education degree and Bachelor of Music degree from Iowa State University where she is now finishing her graduate studies in Educational Leadership. Lucinda will complete her K–12 administrator endorsement requirements this fall.

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    Maggie Davis

    Local Coaches IA

    Maggie Davis has been a third and fourth grade multi-age teacher at Nevada Central Elementary for 5 years. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a BS in Elementary Education and will begin her master’s program in the fall of 2014. Maggie was part of the AIW pilot team at Central Elementary in 2013, and she serves Nevada as a local AIW coach.

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    Maggie Elgert

    Local Coaches IA

    Maggie is at Sioux City North HS teaching mathematics and ESL. She is an AIW Local Coach, BLT and Lead Team member, and math chair. Her BAs are in Math and Education from Briar Cliff University, an MA in Math Ed from WGU, and ESL endorsement from Buena Vista University.

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    Marci Dunlap

    Local Coaches IA

    Marci Dunlap currently serves as the Fairfield CSD curriculum director and local coach. She has been in education since 1993, teaching secondary English until 2007 and earned National Board Certification in 2004. She earned her MA in English Education and PK-12 certification from the University of Iowa. Fairfield CSD has practiced AIW since 2009.

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    Marcia Knupp

    Lead Coaches IA

    Marcia Knupp serves as a school improvement consultant for Iowa’s Area Education Agency 267 and is a Lead AIW Coach. For 7 years, she has coordinated the mentoring and induction program for AEA 267. Previously, Marcia taught literacy at Union Middle school in Dysart, Iowa where she earned National Board Certification and had the honor of being chosen as a Gold Star Teacher. Marcia holds a BA from the University of Northern Iowa and an MA from Viterbo College in LaCrosse, WI.

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    Marilyn Nickel

    Lead Coaches IA

    Marilyn currently serves as a Literacy Consultant for Green Hills Area Education Agency. Prior to that, she spent 25 years as an elementary classroom teacher and an additional 6 years as an instructional coach/Title teacher. She received her Masters and her K-12 Reading Specialist degree from Viterbo University in LaCrosse. Marilyn is currently serving as a Lead Coach for the Creston Community School District.

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    Marilyn Olsen

    Lead Coaches IA

    Marilyn “Millie” Olsen is currently an Instructional Coach and Assessment Consultant for Northwest Area Education Agency, previously serving as a Special Education Consultant.  Millie has also been an elementary Special Education teacher. She holds a Master Educator License in Curriculum and Instruction and a BA in Elementary Education and an endorsement Special Education. Millie serves as Liaison for two schools and is an AIW coach in three other school districts.

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    Mark Solomon

    Local Coaches IA

    Mark has been a Social Studies teacher for 14 years at the middle and high school levels and head boys soccer coach in Texas and Iowa, Mark is a member of the building leadership team at Pella Community High School, where he has taught and coached for the past 6 years. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in History and from Sam Houston State University with an MA in Administration and Supervision.

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    Mary E. Heck

    Local Coaches IA

    Mary Heck is currently a consulting teacher at East High School in Sioux City, IA. Her classroom experience of 26 years was divided between secondary Language Arts and Biology. She is an AIW Local Coach who earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Biology and her Master’s in Secondary Administration from Wayne State College, with a masters plus thirty having also attended Colorado State University.

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    Mary Schmidt

    Lead Coaches IA

    Mary has been an Iowa educator for 33 years as a junior high and high school English and speech teacher, a facilitator of middle and high school gifted programs, and most recently a consultant at Heartland AEA in Johnston, IA. At Heartland she serves half time as the agency-wide gifted education consultant and half time as a professional learning and leadership consultant supporting AIW and other district needs. Mary is a graduate of Iowa State University (BA, Speech/English) and the University of Northern Iowa (MAE, Gifted Education) and earned National Board Certification in 2001 (early adolescence generalist). She is currently the AIW Coach for one school district and is the AIW liaison in two others, with coaching responsibilities to be added as more Heartland AEA schools engage in AIW.

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    Maryann Angeroth

    Lead Coaches IA

    This is Maryann’s 37th year in education. She has a Master’s of Library Science and an Associate’s Degree in Micro-Computer Networking. She served 28 years as librarian at St. Albert Catholic Schools, where she helped bring the school into the digital age by implementing an automated library system while supporting the school’s computer network for over 1,000 students and staff. Green Hills Area Education Agency employs Maryann as an Instructional Technology and Continuous Improvement Consultant to support schools in southwest Iowa. Maryann is currently the Lead AIW Coach at four schools and serves as an AIW Liaison at two schools

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    Meg Frideres

    Local Coaches IA

    Meg Frideres has taught social studies, including AP and honors, at Nevada High School for the past 13 years. She is a member of her district’s professional development team and served as a member of her building’s AIW pilot team. She has a BA in history with an educational endorsement from University of Iowa.

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    Melanie Rasmussen

    Local Coaches IA

    Melanie is finishing her 4th year of teaching kindergarten at Washington Elementary in Atlantic. She holds a BA in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Education. She has worked as an AIW lead for the district for 2 years and has become a certified local coach, enjoying her time preparing for her journey into AIW leadership.

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    Melissa Hesner

    Lead Coaches IA

    Melissa is a School Improvement and Science Consultant with AEA 267. Prior to her current position, she was a HS chemistry/physics and MS science teacher for 15 years. Melissa holds a MA in Science Education and a K-12 Administrative license. She is currently an AIW Coach for several schools in AEA 267.

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    Melissa Jones

    Local Coaches IA

    Melissa is an Instructional Strategist at the Intermediate building for the Gilbert Community School District. She taught fourth grade before accepting the strategist position. Her bachelor’s degree is in early childhood and elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa and her masters is in elementary education from Viterbo University.

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    Melissa Stell

    Local Coaches IA

    Melissa Stell has been employed at Spencer Middle School, in Spencer Iowa for 15 years; she teaches eighth grade Math and Algebra I. She has her BA in Elementary Education with endorsements in Middle School, Math, and Coaching from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Melissa has been involved with AIW for 5 years and serves as local coach for her district.

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    Melissa Walker

    Local Coaches IA

    Melissa graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Spanish and certification in K – 12 Foreign Language Education. She received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Phoenix. Melissa has been a Spanish Teacher at Pella High School for 15 years and now serves as an AIW Local Coach.

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    Michele Dirkx

    Local Coaches IA

    Michele has been a high school English teacher in the Spencer Community School District for 20 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern College in 1993 and her MA degree in Curriculum from Buena Vista University in 2000. In addition to her AIW involvement, she currently serves as a member of the District Leadership and 6-12 professional development teams.

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    Michelle Knott

    Local Coaches IA

    Michelle is a 3rd/4th multi-age teacher at Central Elementary School in Nevada, Iowa. Michelle is a math trainer for Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI). She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her master’s degree from Viterbo University.

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    Michelle Weber

    Local Coaches IA

    Michelle Weber is an Instructional Coach/GT Facilitator at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque, Iowa and previously taught seventh grade science for 8 years. She received a BA in elementary education from Loras College and her MS in science education from Montana State University. She also serves as an adjunct professor of education for the University of Dubuque.

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    Mike Duncan

    Local Coaches GA

    Mike has served 11 years as superintendent in Pike County, Georgia. Previously, he was high school principal and assistant principal in Clayton County for 5 years and a MS assistant principal and teacher in Fayette County from 1996-1999.  He earned his doctorate in Ed Leadership from the University of Georgia.

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    Mike Maddox

    Local Coaches GA

    Mike is the HS Principal in Pike County, GA, transitioning to the MS Fall 2016. He has been a science teacher in Georgia and Tennessee, a field archaeologist, and held administrative positions. He has a BSEd from Georgia Southern U, MS from U of West Georgia, and an ED.S in Administration from Lincoln Memorial University.

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    Mona Yanacheak

    Lead Coaches IA

    Mona is currently employed at Northwest Area Education Agency as an Instructional Coach and regional CTE Consultant and Counselor Support. She also serves on the Iowa Core Lead Team, State Leadership Team for Social Studies, and as a certified Fierce Conversations trainer. Mona has been an educator for more than 30 years with an MA in Leadership. She is serving as an AIW Liaison and Lead AIW Coach in several schools in northwest Iowa.

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    Myra Hall

    Lead Coaches IA

    Myra Hall has invested over 20 years in the education profession. She lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is employed at Grant Wood AEA (AEA 10). Supporting AIW teams is one of the ways Myra supports full implementation of the Iowa Core and improving teaching and learning opportunities for all students.

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    Nicole Cote

    Local Coaches IA

    Nicole is currently a middle school and high school science teacher at Charter Oak-Ute Community School in Charter Oak, Iowa. She has a BA in Science Education and will be serving her school district as an AIW local coach.

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    Nicole Galliart

    Local Coaches IA

    Nicole has taught special education at Nevada and currently teaches eighth grade. A member of the Nevada AIW Anchor team and Local Coach at the MS, Nicole also worked at Roland-Story and Mt. Pleasant. She earned her Bachelor’s in Vocal Music Education from Iowa State University in 1995, her Special Education Certification through the Regents’ Endorsement Initiative, and her Master’s of Education from Viterbo University.

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    Pat Hamilton

    Local Coaches IA

    Pat worked for 23 years as a middle school teacher in Algona Community School System. He currently serves as the Middle School Principal for the Spencer Community School System in Spencer, Iowa, and is also serving as a local coach for the district.

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    Patricia Breise

    Local Coaches IA

    Patricia has been a Social Studies/Language Arts teacher for 32 years and since 2009 has served the Spencer Community Schools as an Instructional Coach. In her role as an Instructional/Local AIW Coach, Patricia plans and implements professional development infusing alignment of the Iowa Core through AIW in ongoing curriculum development with the 6–12 staff. She has been actively involved with AIW as a participant with the Spencer High School pilot team. Patricia holds an MS Ed from Northwest Missouri State University.

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    Patti Ryan

    Local Coaches IA

    Patti works with Maple Valley-Anthon Oto and Schleswig Schools in School Improvement and Curriculum. She has taught mathematics/reading and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Alma maters include Buena Vista University – BA Elementary Education, Morningside College – MA Teaching, and the Iowa Principals Leadership Academy Cohort 1. Patti is also a school-based Olweus Certified Trainer and adjunct faculty member at BVU and Morningside.

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    Patty Meinecke

    Local Coaches IA

    Patty has a degree from Iowa State University in elementary education, a reading endorsement, and authorizations to coach and teach PE. With an MA in Teaching from the University of St. Mary in Kansas, she is the Instructional Coach and local AIW Coach at Panorama Elementary School, with 26 years of experience in second and third grade, 6-8 social studies and math, and Title I reading.

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    Peggy Christensen

    Lead Coaches IA

    Peggy is a Science Consultant with Heartland AEA 11. Prior to coming to Heartland, she was a Science Consultant with Keystone AEA 1 and taught high school and middle school science for 15 years. Peggy holds a Master’s degree in Science Education from the University of Iowa. She is currently a Lead AIW Coach and serves as an AIW Liaison for two schools in AEA 11.

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    Rachel Downing

    Local Coaches IA

    Rachel Downing is a graduate of Iowa State University. She has taught fifth grade for 13 years at Panorama Elementary in Panora, Iowa. She has specialties in K-8 language arts and science. She is a Mentor Teacher on the district’s leadership team and an AIW Local Coach.

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    Rachel Menken

    Local Coaches IA

    Rachel is an eighth grade teacher at Carroll Middle School in Carroll, Iowa. She previously taught fourth grade and sixth grade at Waverly-Shell Rock, and she holds a bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and received her Master of Arts in Education in 2013. Rachel will serve as a Local Coach for Carroll’s middle school building.

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    Rachelle Mau

    Local Coaches IA

    Rachelle is currently an elementary teacher for Humboldt Community Schools. After teaching fifth grade for 12 years, she is moving to third grade for the 2013-2014 school year. Rachelle holds a BA in elementary education and master’s degrees as a Reading Specialist and in Educational Technology.

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    Randy Miller

    Local Coaches IA

    Randy graduated with a BA in Elementary Education and Exercise Science from Central College. He received his K-12 reading endorsement endorsement from Morningside. Randy is currently teaching middle school and freshman reading for the Panorama School District.

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    Rita Martens

    Lead Coaches IA

    As lead consultant, Rita provides leadership to the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Iowa Core for the Iowa Department of Education. Prior to her current position, she has served as the secondary Literacy Consultant and a school accreditation specialist for the state of Iowa. Rita was a classroom English teacher for 24 years; during this time she provided leadership to a variety of district and school improvement initiatives. Rita holds a Master of Science degree and is currently a PhD candidate at Iowa State University. She is currently a Lead AIW Coach for Scavo Alternative Program in the Des Moines Public Schools.

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    Robyn Ploeger

    Local Coaches IA

    Robyn is a secondary Mathematics teacher in her 2nd year at Panorama Schools in Panora, Iowa. Jan is a Buena Vista University graduate with a BS in Mathematics, in her 8th year of teaching. Robyn currently leads a team in scoring AIW and serves as a model teacher with the Teacher Leadership Program.

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    Robyn Ponder

    Local Coaches IA

    Robyn is currently a third grade teacher at Carpenter Elementary in Monticello, Iowa and has also been a Literacy Specialist. Prior to working in Monticello, she worked for 5 years in Cedar Rapids as an elementary teacher and a special education teacher. Robyn has a Master’s in Education from St. Ambrose University and is a National Board Certified teacher.  She has been involved with AIW since 2011 as a Local Coach for the elementary buildings in Monticello.

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    Ryan Dumkrieger

    Local Coaches IA

    Ryan is the head principal of North High School in Sioux City, Iowa since 2013. His building’s leadership team has focused on being student-centered and creating authentic learning experiences. He received his B.S. from Morningside College, a Masters in C/I from Wayne State College, and his Education Specialists degree from Drake University.

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    Sara Markley

    Local Coaches IA

    Sara is currently teaching seventh and eighth grade Health and working as the middle school Instructional Guide at Nevada Community Schools. Prior to teaching at Nevada, Sara taught at McCombs Middle School in Des Moines, Iowa. Sara earned her BA from Iowa State University and her MAE from Viterbo University.

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    Sarah Boesch

    Local Coaches IA

    Sarah is a middle school teacher in Hinton, Iowa. For the past 5 years, she has taught language arts, reading, ESL, and has served as an instructional coach. Sarah graduated from Morningside College and has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Secondary Education.

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    Sarah Goldsmith

    Local Coaches IA

    Sarah has taught seventh grade Science, seventh grade Health, and eighth grade Health at Monticello Middle School in Monticello, Iowa for the last 3 years. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Biology and is currently working on her Masters in Science Education.

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    Scott Driskell

    Local Coaches IA

    Scott serves as the 3rd-5th grade principal at Creston Community Schools. He served 2 years as Dean of Students at Creston and another 5 in the same position at the Earlham Community Schools. Scott earned his BS from Iowa State University and his Masters from Drake University.

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    Scott Sletcha

    Local Coaches IA

    Scott is the ELA chair at Fairfield Schools in Fairfield, Iowa and local AIW coach. He also teaches for the Iowa State Education Association’s Professional Academy. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and received National Board certification in 2008. Currently Scott is a pioneer member in the Teacher Leadership Initiative — a collaborative effort between the National Education Association, the Center for Teacher Quality, and NBPTS.

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    Scott Tjeerdsma

    Local Coaches IA

    Scott is in his 10th year teaching in the Pella Community School District. Originally, a fourth grade teacher, for the past 5 years he has taught seventh grade math along with assuming the duties of MS athletic director and dean of students.

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    Shaelynn Farnsworth

    Lead Coaches IA

    Shaelynn Farnsworth currently serves as a School Improvement Consultant with AEA 267 with a focus on Literacy, Technology and AIW. Shaelynn is 1 of 4 AEA 267 consultants supporting multiple districts in the area, and she also is a Lead AIW Coach. Prior to her current position, she was a high school English teacher for 13 years, with an MA in English.

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    Shane Williams

    Local Coaches IA

    Shane is currently employed at MOC-FV as a Social Studies and Physical Education instructor, and also is the 6-12 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator and a PLC leader. Shane has taught in Kansas City, MO, and several Iowa districts. He has a Masters in Instructional Leadership, B.A. in Secondary History Education, B.S. in Physical Education, and minor in social science education.

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    Shannon M. Aker-Guyer

    Local Coaches IA

    Shannon currently teaches Special Education at Monticello Community High School in Monticello, Iowa, serving students with moderate to severe learning needs. She has taught special education for 16 years, serving students with varying needs in kindergarden through twelfth grade. Shannon holds a BA  in Education from Western Illinois University, with an emphasis on Special Education. This is her 2nd year working on AIW as a member of the Leadership Team at Monticello Community High School, and Shannon is currently completing the requirements to be a Local Coach.

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    Sheila Krueth

    Local Coaches MN

    Sheila teaches secondary Special Education at Kelliher Public School in Kelliher, MN. Prior to teaching in Kelliher, she taught fourth grade for 8 years and kindergarten for 5 years at Lino Lakes Elementary. Sheila has her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, grades K-12 and has been an AIW coach for two years in Kelliher.

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    Sheila Long

    Local Coaches IA

    Sheila teaches sixth grade Special Education at Alden Elementary and is now the AIW Student Engagement Coach. She graduated with a B.A. from Northern Iowa and has a M.A. in Special Education from Iowa State. She began AIW in 2010, and Sheila serves as a AIW Local Coach for the district.

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    Sheryl Watts

    Local Coaches GA

    Sheryl is in her 6th year as principal for the Pike County Primary School, Zebulon, GA. Sheryl was HS Spanish teacher in Thomaston and Zebulon. She also served as assistant principal in both the Pike County Elementary and High School.

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    Stacy Evans

    Local Coaches IA

    Stacy is an elementary art teacher in the Indianola School District. She has completed her 18th year at Emerson Elementary. She enjoys the benefits that AIW has given her as a professional educator and serves as a local coach for the district.

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    Stacy Laird

    Local Coaches IA

    Staci has taught high school language arts and social studies in Fort Dodge, Iowa for the past 14 years and serves as local coach. Prior to that, she taught middle school in Davenport. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa and is currently working towards her MA in Educational Leadership through Iowa State University.

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    Stacy Shepherd

    Local Coaches IA

    Stacy Shepherd is a University of South Dakota graduate. Her degree is in Spanish and English education. Stacy is a Spanish teacher at Creston, Ia, where she is a member of the Building Lead Team, a Mentor Teacher, and an AIW Local Coach.

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    Sue Chartier

    Lead Coaches IA

    Susan Chartier is an Instructional Coach and Gifted Education Consultant for Northwest Area Education Agency. She taught middle school Social Studies and Mathematics for 10 years in the Sioux City Community School District. Susan holds an MA in Special Education from the University of South Dakota. She is currently a Lead AIW Coach for two schools and serves as an AIW Liaison for another.

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    Susan Lyons

    Local Coaches IA

    Susan Lyons is a middle school science teacher, AIW local coach and instructional coach for Pella Community Schools. She received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Central College and her Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University.

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    Susie Peterson

    Lead Coaches GA

    Susie Peterson is a former English/History high school teacher, adjunct college instructor, and high school principal, working with several southwest Iowa schools for the past 30 years. Her MA is in English from NWMSU, and her administrative doctoral work was done at Iowa State. Susie is an independent consultant and currently partners with the Atlantic School District as an AIW Coach and also shares responsibilities with other district initiatives.

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    Tamela Johnson

    Local Coaches IA

    Tamela is currently the K-12 Curriculum Director, Elementary Family School Administrator, and the Preschool Director for Humboldt Community School, with a masters’ degree from UNI. She strives to meet teachers’ needs through professional growth opportunities and sees AIW as a strong avenue to implementing the Iowa Core. Tamela facilitates the District Leadership Teams and has a strong leadership role in the district-wide AIW implementation at Humboldt CSD.

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    Tammi Latham

    Local Coaches IA

    Tammi Latham is currently a third grade teacher for the Creston Community School District. She has been with the district for 10 years, also teaching first and second grade. Prior to that, she was a Title 1 Reading teacher for 10 years. Tammi graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and a Reading Endorsement from Buena Vista University.

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    Tammie McKenzie

    Local Coaches IA

    Tammie served as Associate Principal from 2005-2014 and is currently the Principal at Carroll High School. Prior to her current position, Tammie taught all grade levels of the Visual Arts for 20 years in four Iowa school districts. Tammie was a member of the 2012 Local Coach cohort and provides AIW leadership at Carroll High School. Tammie has a Bachelor of Special Studies and Coaching Certification from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA as well as an MA in Administration from Drake University.

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    Tammy Delaney

    Local Coaches IA

    Tammy has been teaching since 2004 and has been at the Spencer MS since 2009. She received her B.A. from Buena Vista University and her MA from Morningside College. She currently teaches sixth grade, serves as an instructional coach at the middle school, and is an AIW local coach.

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    Tari Eeling

    Local Coaches IA

    Tari Eeling teaches fifth grade at Fairfield Middle School. She graduated from Central College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Reading Endorsement in Elementary Education. She completed her Masters Degree in Technology Based Learning through Morningside College. Tari has been working with AIW for the past two years and serves as local coach for the district.

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    Tiffany Millikan

    Local Coaches IA

    Tiffany has a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading and Coaching from the University of South Dakota and her Master’s in Human Resource Management. Tiffany has taught fifth grade for 6 years at West Sioux Elementary in Hawarden and previously had a 13-year career in the area of Human Resources within corporate settings.

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    Tina Wahlert

    Lead Coaches MN

    Tina currently serves as a school improvement professional development consultant with Green Hills Area Education Agency. Prior to her current position, she taught K-12 special education, reading, English, and technology for 18 years. She holds Master’s degrees in Education and Educational Administration. Tina is currently serving as Lead AIW Coach for districts in Iowa and Minnesota.

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    Tracy Call

    Local Coaches IA

    Tracy has been a special education instructor at Norwalk High School for 12 years. He received his bachelors in education from Grand View University and has endorsements in mathematics, social studies, and behavioral disorders. Tracy has been involved with AIW for the past 5 years.

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    Vickie Smith

    Local Coaches GA

    Vickie currently serves as Principal of Pike County Middle School in Zebulon, GA. She has also served as a middle grades teacher, a school counselor at both elementary and high school, and 8 years as a middle school administrator. She received her undergraduate degree from Mercer University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of West Georgia.

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    Wade VanVark

    Local Coaches IA

    Wade is currently the AIW coordinator and Dean of Students at Pella Community High School. He previously taught HS math and served as the 7-12 math department instructional coach. He has a B.A. in Education from Central College, M.S.E in Ed Leadership from Drake University, and is currently ABD in Drake’s Educational Leadership doctoral program.