We are happy to receive information about Simpson’s education alumni. Please, send information about a new teaching job, a special project you are working on — any information or updates you would care to share to Jack Gittinger (firstname.lastname@example.org) for inclusion.
Sheena Grove approached the touchy subject of self harm and suicide. She is reaching out to show student they have a support system by telling her own story. Sheena, currently a teacher at Waukee High School, is trying to show the support through her school but also through others dealing with recent student deaths. See more of her story at http://whotv.com/2016/04/17/high-school-teacher-addresses-touchy-subject-after-several-recent-teen-suicides/.
2001 Grad, Julie Brincks was also recently awarded a Golden Apple. Julie has dedicated much of her attention for 2 years with an autistic student. His mom wrote a compelling note for Julie to be awarded the Golden Apple.
Scott Slechta, a Simpson Grad, was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year by Governor Branstad. Scott is a 35-year veteran teacher. He has taught English-language arts at Fairfield High School since 1984. https://www.educateiowa.gov/article/2015/11/05/gov-branstad-announces-2016-iowa-teacher-year
Nicole Crawford, an MAT Alum, received a Golden Apple Award at Stilwell Junior High School. http://whotv.com/2015/10/23/west-des-moines-drama-teacher-helps-students-shine-on-and-off-the-stage/
Dan Carver, an Elementary Education Alum, received the Recent Alumni Loyalty Award, which recognizes outstanding service to Simpson College by an alum from the past 10 years.
Pictured: Dan Carver, fifth from the left, third from the right.
Stephanie completed the MAT Program at Simpson and now teaches English in Norwalk, Iowa. She was recently interviewed for Iowa Living Magazine.
Garrison Carter, Simpson grad and football coach at Ogden, Iowa, was recently featured on a WHO-TV Channel 13 news report:
In August 2013, Erin accepted the position of floater teacher at the Iowa State University Child Development Lab School. The Lab School is a school for both children aged birth to five years old and practicum students from Iowa State. The School also has research groups coming in and out, observing the Teaching Strategies Gold and the Creative Curriculum programs. Erin’s position finds her working with both of the student groups on a daily basis. “It’s a very engaging, but busy job! All of my experiences at Simpson definitely helped me get this job, and taught me the necessary skills needed to excel in this environment. Thanks so much!”
Simpson alum Eric Hall ‘96 was recognized for his success recently when he received the Des Moines Rotary Club’s High School Teacher of the Year Award. Hall teaches chemistry and advanced chemistry classes at Hoover High School in Des Moines, a position he has held since his graduation from Simpson.
KCCI television’s Kevin Cooney recently visited Madison Elementary School to do a special “Still Life” report on the great work underway by Simpson grad and music teacher Nels Dovre, and how he engages students in music and learning. To see their report visit the KCCI web site at the link below. http://www.kcci.com/news/central-iowa/Music-teacher-brings-excitement-to-classroom/-/9357080/19641826/-/q0qta4z/-/index.html
I thought I would keep you updated about what I am doing and also what cool new things are going on in my classroom. I am currently a 7th, 8th, and Pre-Algebra Math Teacher at Prairie City-Monroe Middle School just east of Altoona. My school is completely 1 to 1 and every student has a MacBook. With that, I have started our school using online programs as a means of practice and assessment for my students. The program we use right now is the IXL program which is a great tool for students and teachers alike — teaching Math to any grade level K-8. Also, next year, we are piloting a new Common Core all online program to replace textbooks called “Digits.” This is a new and exciting way to teach that just came out and we are very excited about it and all of the things it entails. I have been to multiple technology conferences over the last two years while here and feel great about where my job and our district is heading for both the teaching profession and our students. I hope all is well and I just wanted to stay in touch with a department that I loved to be a part of and hope that somehow I can give back to the department in some way.
Lacey (Danielson) Cherniss
After graduating from Simpson, I took a less traditional path with my education major. I worked as an academic advisor for the Simpson College Upward Bound program. This experience led me to my current employer, the Iowa College Aid Commission. At Iowa College Aid, I train educators in three Area Education Agency districts on college and career readiness topics and facilitate student workshops in schools across the state. A big portion of my job is to provide training and support for the I Have A Plan Iowa web portal, the Iowa Financial Literacy Program, and a new financial literacy tool for middle school students called Vault.
I am also pursuing a masters degree in School Counseling and will start my internship in the fall. I’m very excited about my internship and hope to be working as a school counselor in the future.
While I have not taught in a classroom since leaving Simpson, my education background has been instrumental in my employment experiences after Simpson.
I am writing to let you know that I have accepted a position as a second grade teacher at Franklin Elementary school in Marshalltown, Iowa. After a long road to my teaching license, I am so excited to get started!