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University of Iowa News Release


Oct. 4, 2007

UI education majors serve as student teachers during fall semester

(STUDENT NAME) of (HOMETOWN) is participating in a semester-long assignment as a student teacher of (GRADE/S) in the (NAME OF SCHOOL DISTRICT) as part of (HIS/HER) training to become a teacher through the University of Iowa College of Education this fall. The student's cooperating teacher(s) is/are (TEACHER NAME).

Student teaching is one of several practicum assignments students must complete in order to be licensed as K-12 teachers by the Iowa Department of Education. Students typically complete their student teaching in the last semester of their education at the UI. Students who meet special requirements have the option of completing part of their student teaching assignment abroad.

As student teachers, the students perform many of the duties that will be expected of them as full-time teachers. Under the direction of a cooperating teacher, they lead classroom sessions, create lesson plans and gain practical experience in many of the organizational and management skills needed to be effective teachers.

Founded in 1872, the University of Iowa College of Education was the nation's first permanent college-level department of education. Since then, the college has gained an international reputation of excellence in fields as diverse as rehabilitation counseling, testing and measurement, and language and literacy. It is home to the Iowa Testing Programs, developer of the widely used Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; to the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development; and to such top-ranked programs as Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Elementary Teacher Education, Secondary Teacher Education and English Education and Literacy.

EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that a student from your readership area is student teaching this semester. Students are listed alphabetically by hometown, with Iowa students listed first. Each entry includes the student's first and last name, the grade level he or she is teaching, the school district and the name(s) of the cooperating teacher(s) if available.


Bettendorf: Meghan Wood, grade 2, Iowa City Community School District, Tres Brown.

Burlington: Kahri L. Anderson, grade 2, Mount Pleasant Community School District, Molly Alvine.

Clinton: Megan Owen, grade 6, Wilton Community School District, Diane Moritz.

Danville: Jodie Coleman, grade 2, Mount Pleasant Community School District, Christy McCormick.

Davenport: Scott Moore, grades 11 and 12, Davenport Community School District, Holly Terry.

Des Moines: Stacey Alex, grade 9, Des Moines Independent Community School District, Jessica Fry.

Iowa City: Kelsie Garcia, grade 4, West Branch Community School District, Christa Diemer.

Iowa City: Meagan Gugliano, grades 7-12, Linn-Mar Community School District (Marion), Amy Sams and Steve Stickney.

Iowa City: Lindsey Hemann, grade 3, Clear Creek Elementary School (Oxford), Leann Amelon.

Iowa City: Abbie Kampman, grade 7, Northwest Junior High, Iowa City Community School District, Pat Curley.

Iowa City: Jamie Kastens, grades 3 and 4, Iowa City Community School District, Jo Klopp.

Iowa City: Allison Rockwell, grades 9 and 10, Cedar Rapids Community School District, Marlyse Strait.

Iowa City: Jennifer Williams, grades 1 and 2, Van Allen Elementary (North Liberty), Iowa City Community School District, Heidi Tafolla.

Massena: Hollie Reilly, K-5, Monroe Elementary, Des Moines Independent Community School District, Christopher Swanson and grades 9-12, Roosevelt High School, Des Moines Independent Community School District, Sam Chiodo.

Moville: Molly Martens, grade 3, West Liberty Community School District, Emily Johnson.

Peosta: Sara Greenwood, grade 3, St. Francis Xavier School, Western Dubuque Community School District (Dyersville), Dawn Schechtman.

Perry: Breck Heldt, grade 2, West Des Moines Community School District (Clive), Deb Kellogg.

Tipton: Troy Peters, grades 9-12, Iowa City Community School District, Tom Lindsey.

Washington: Jannea R. Miller, grade 2, Columbus Junction Community School District, Denise Ball and special education, Keota Community School District, Terri Ladehoff.

What Cheer: Ginny Tomas, grade 4, Roundy Elementary, Columbus Junction Community School District, Dianne Lauber.


Suffield: Lauren Capasso, grade 1, Mid-Prairie Community School District (Kalona), Suzanne Yoder.


Amboy: Ashley Marie Mekeel, K-8, Iowa City Community School District (Coralville and North Liberty), Jill Anderson and Sally Strang.

Naperville: Tarah Tesmer, grade 8, Kennedy Junior High, Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Ami Kulik.

Sterling: Trisha Dempsey, grade 4, West Des Moines Community School District, Nancy Nervig.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077,; Writer: Stacie Carpenter