In-Class Support

Kristine 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 17 and 20.  Our oldest attends Purdue University in Indiana and our youngest will graduate high school in 2017.  As a family we enjoy gardening, traveling, and learning about the people and places around the world.  My most recent ravels 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.  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!

Shelby Suits

Academic Interventionist

E: shelby.suits@dmschools.org

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:

  • Until this year, my name has been Melissa Bauch.  This summer I got married!  This will be the first year with my new name, Mrs. Ticknor.  My husband John and I enjoy riding bikes, traveling, and doing home improvement projects.  I also enjoy reading, doing craft projects, and teaching.