Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Meet your Teacher Leaders from the #BCTLT

Laurie Donald - Professional Development/Curriculum Leader - Starting her eighteenth year at Benton Community, Laurie has her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a K-12 endorsement in Spanish.  She started teaching as a part time elementary Spanish instructor and part time at the MS/HS.  After moving to a full time position at the MS/HS she received her MA in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages. Laurie is excited to share her experience in Standards Based Grading and technology with her colleagues at all levels.   @Ladycatscoach

Andrea Townsley - Professional Development/Curriculum Leader - Andrea began her teaching journey at Benton Community in 2006 where she taught fourth grade at the Keystone Center.  As a member of the District Leadership Team, she became interested in aligning curriculum and instruction across the district through work with the Iowa Core.  Andrea earned her MA in Differentiated Instruction in 2012 through Graceland University.  She is looking forward to impacting students by sharing and learning instructional practices with the talented staff at Benton Community.  @TownsleyAJ

Lois Deerberg - Instructional Coach - After teaching Sophomore English and Theatre Arts at Benton Community for over 25 years, Lois is excited to see the positive changes happening at our district.  She received her MA in Communication Studies from UNI in 2005 and also taught a concurrent enrollment class with Kirkwood called Fundamental of Oral Communication.  When she joined the district leadership team at the inception of the Iowa Core Curriculum, Lois realized it was time to take the challenge to develop her learning and leadership skills.  She is looking forward to working with teachers to see our students achieve at higher levels.  @LoisDeerberg

Mark Kenny - Instructional Coach -  Mark has fulfilled several teaching  and coaching roles at Benton Community since he was hired in the fall of 1999.  He first worked as a fifth grade teacher at the Norway Center, then moved to sixth grade, and for the past 10 years has worked as a middle school science instructor.  Mark originally graduated with a BA in Elementary Education, eventually earned his middle school endorsement, and obtained his MA in K-12 Curriculum & Instruction in 2009.  Mark is excited to work collaboratively with the Benton Community Teacher Leadership Team (BCTLT), and with the staff to enhance the learning opportunities for all students. @mkenny181  

Cynda Mehlert - Instructional Coach - Cynda taught fifth grade at the Norway Center before becoming an instructional coach here at Benton.  She  came to us from Waterloo, where she  taught in a fully inclusive special education setting with a co-teaching model.  Trained through the UNI Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, she worked with an Instructional Coach as a model intervention teacher.  Cynda will graduate with her MA in Differentiated Instruction in October. She is excited to enhance the student learning experience here at Benton by supporting teachers in the classroom.    @MehlertC

Alex Olson - Alex is starting his eighth year at Benton Community. During the 2007-2008 school year, Alex taught sixth grade reading, and starting in 2009, he taught fourth grade at the Norway Center.  He completed his MA in education leadership in 2013 from Drake University.  Alex is eager to utilize his newly acquired knowledge to impact teaching and learning at Benton Community.  @alexolson54

Jo Prusha - Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services:  - After graduating from  BC, Jo went to UNI (Go Panthers), married her high school sweetheart, became a mother of three, worked in the private and public sector in a variety of positions and then had the opportunity to come back to BC to work and plant her family roots.   She’s an avid learner who has been blessed with working and living with people who challenge her thinking and encourage her quest for knowledge.  Jo asks that you please let the team know how we can serve you in your journey as an educator at BC.   @JoPrusha

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