Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Week

There are many people who have inspired, shaped and mentored me over my life time and teachers are right at the top of the list.  For that, I am truly grateful!

Today, our @bentonartdept shared some of their talents and projects with the entire staff at the @BentonCSD MS/HS.

The note attached said....

You guys and gals are toooh-tally tubular!  The way that you are all helping us grown into strong, smart, and healthy adults is gnarly.  We will be so psyched for next year to see you nice, incredible, and amazing people again.  Is that how we use that lingo?

But seriously you gusy are amazing and the Art Club made these to appreciate the things you have done for us and for the next generations to come.  For the teachers, Thank You for teaching us how to grow.  For the Staff, thank you for keeping us safe whether its security, food, or cleanign the building.  You all did it.  Thank You..........WORD....

Benton Community
Art Club

Thanks Art Club -- I am also truly grateful for this special gift.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Teacher Shortage areas - help fill the gap:)

Spread the word -- you can obtain your teaching license within one year if you already have a 4 year degree.  

Check out the BOEE website to find out more.

Teacher Intern License -- Non-traditional Licensure


The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners adopted rules to create a teacher intern license which allows an individual who possesses a baccalaureate degree and who meets other requirements an opportunity to become a high school teacher.

In order to qualify for a teacher intern license an applicant must:
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited institution
  • Meet the subject matter course work requirements for one of the secondary teaching endorsements
  • Have at least three years of post-baccalaureate work experience.  
  • Successfully complete the introductory teacher intern program at a four-year college or university approved by the State Board of Education.


  • Complete the introductory pedagogy coursework that includes 50 contact hours of field experience with students.
  • Apply for the teacher intern license upon successful completion of the introductory program, which allows the person to serve as the teacher of record in a high school during a one year teaching internship.
  • Obtain support by the postsecondary institution in partnership with the employing district and/or area education agency which includes extensive supervision and participation in a state-approved mentoring and induction program.
  • Complete a teacher intern seminar during the internship year that includes an extension of coursework from the teacher intern introductory program.
  • Complete all course requirements in the teacher intern program
  • Obtain an initial teaching license.

Information taken from the Iowa BOEE website linked here.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Summer Learning Opportunities

Want to find ways to continue your child's learning this summer?  

This blog post is about connecting families to some valuable career education sites and Kirkwood’s Interactive Camps for Kids (Summer KICK Camps). 
KICK camps are exciting and educational summer camps for youth ages 8-15. KICK camps are designed around career exploration and provide fun, hands-on activities that promise to develop and build key skills for future success. No matter what career field you want to explore, KICK camps are sure to be an unforgettable adventure full of inspiring accomplishments and new friends!  
ACE is your chance to learn about careers within the wide ranging industries of Architecture, Construction and Engineering — and discover which one might be right for you.
The I Am IT website is currently sponsored by the Eastern Iowa IT Sector Board. The Eastern IT Sector Board is the gathering of IT community partners in the Kirkwood Community College Service area to help advance the IT discipline.

Please check out these sites (the active links are below the image) and resources to learn more about career options and summer learning opportunities.  Also, please share them with families of the students within your classrooms.

Links from the picture above:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The impact of things that are 1.5 smaller

I am very fortunate to be surrounded by people who help me be better today than I was yesterday.

They do this, in part, by encouraging me, laughing with me and additionally they help me think & reflect.

My husband, Todd, has encouraged me, laughed with me and reflected with me since we first met in elementary school.  

Today, when I got to work, he had shared an email with the caption “it will make you think” and this video was attached.

My initial reactions to this video are:
  • small steps can impact big results
  • never under estimate the power your small deeds may have
  • I have so much to continue to learn
  • sometimes all it takes to start a movement is something about 1.5 times smaller than we are

He’s right, again.  It made me think and I’d love to hear from others how it made you think.