In-Class Support

Christine Andrews

Academic Interventionist

Jeannie Gee

Instructional Coach

E: Jeannie.Gee@dmschools.org

Biography

Education

  • Viterbo University, West Des Moines Campus- PK-12 Administrator & Evaluator License, Gifted and Talented Endorsement
  • Framingham State College, Framingham, MA- Master's of Education in international Education
  • University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA- Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in math

Teaching Experience

  • Dean of Students
  • TLC Instructional Coach
  • Induction Coach for Beginning Teachers
  • Math Coach/Leader
  • Classroom Teacher K-5

Family/Hobbies

  • My husband, Mark, and I have two boys ages 19 and 22.  Our oldest attends Purdue University in Indiana and our youngest is currently on a bridge year in France before entering college in the fall of 2018.  As a family we enjoy gardening, traveling, and learning about people and places around the world.  My most recent travels took me to Norway where I visited places my grandfather and grandmother lived and worked before moving to the United States in the early 1900's.  As a family, we went to Alaska and saw lots of animals in nature including brown and black bears, caribou, moose, and whales.  Our family even caught salmon from a stream with our bare hands!

I am excited to work with staff and students at River Woods as we Think, Learn, and Grow                    together.

Carrie Harris

Instructional Coach

E: Carrie.Harris@dmschools.org

Biography

Education

  • Grandview University- Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading, Language Arts, and Math

Teaching Experience

  • Instructional Coach- 1 Year
  • 4th/5th Grade Reading and Math Support- 1 Year
  • 1st Grade in Woodward-Granger School District- 9 Years

Family/Hobbies

  • My husband, Chad, & I have two children, Cailynn and Chase. Chad owns his own business in the construction field. Cailynn enjoys going to gymnastics and school. Chase enjoys playing with trucks, riding his bike, and being outside. In the summer we enjoy going to car shows and Adventureland.

Debra Hart

Academic Interventionist

E: debra.hart@dmschools.org

Biography

Education

  • Upper Iowa University- Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in K-8 Reading and K-8 English/Language Arts

Josephine Jannes

Academic Interventionist

E: josephine.jannes@dmschools.org

Biography

Education

  • Drake University- Master's Degree in Effective Teaching
  • University of Iowa- Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Reading

Teaching Experience

  • Title 1 Reading and Math- 4 Years
  • 1st and 2nd Grade- 10 Years
  • Kindergarten- 12 Years
  • Reading Recovery- 7 Year
  • 2nd Grade- 2 Years
  • 6th Grade- 1 Year

Family/Hobbies

  •  I enjoy playing competitive tennis and going to Hawkeyes events.  I love watching my students when the light bulb goes on and they "get it."  I hope they learn to enjoy reading and learning as much as me!

Michele Jones

Academic Interventionist

E: Michele.Jones@dmschools.org

Biography

Education

  • University of Iowa- Bachelor's Degree in Communications with an endorsement in Education K-6, Social Studies, and Language Arts

Teaching Experience

  • I started out working in the insurance industry as an account manager for small businesses. I missed kids and the creativity that comes with working with children, so I went back to school to get my teaching endorsement.  I have been teaching now for 21 years. The first three years I taught in Houston, TX at Aldine ISD. The school was enormous. It had 10 first grade classrooms and an additional 4 bilingual classrooms. (Yes, that's just the first grade in a k-5 school!)  Des Moines offered me a job as a title and Reading Recovery teacher at Lucas, so I decided to move back to Iowa to be closer to family and the chance to enjoy 4 seasons again.  After 3 years as a Reading Recovery teacher, I was chosen to be one of the first literacy leaders in the district. I worked as a literacy leader/coach for 8-9 years at several schools around the district. I missed the classroom and working directly with children all day, so I put in for a transfer to River Woods and have been here ever since serving as an intervention teacher and then 2nd grade classroom teacher.

Family/Hobbies

  • I have 2 step-children and two furry children. I love spending time with my family and friends. I am active in my church, an avid sports fan (Go Hawkeyes!!) and I enjoy reading, cooking and primitive rug hooking.

Melissa Ticknor

ICR/M Teacher

E: melissa.ticknor@dmschools.org

Biography

Education:

  • University of Iowa- Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement

Teaching Experience:

  • Title Reading and Math at River Woods Elementary
  • 1st Grade at River Woods Elementary

Hobbies:

  • I enjoy spending time with family and friends when I'm not at school. My husband and I enjoy riding bikes, doing home improvement projects, and traveling.  I also enjoy reading, doing craft projects, and going for walks with friends.