Literacy

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Beth Erickson

Literacy Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: elizabeth.erickson@dmschools.org

Class Description

English II will focus around the guiding questions to be taught in 4 units over the length of the school year. Students will also work on projects, in-class writing, and wide-reading. English II continues the development of the structures of communication with an emphasis on the language arts of speaking and listening. Through the communication of ideas in both writing and speaking, students will learn to use information responsibly, accurately, and ethically. Students will communicate through a variety of mediums, including technology.

Essential Questions: How do I define a community? In what ways does my community define me? What does a community expect of an individual? How do the norms and expectations of a society shape a person? What is the relationship between place (social, time, location), the individual, and the community?

 

Survey of Literature is a course designed to help students improve critical reading and thinking skills. Most of the literature will be about current issues, people, and places. Essential questions will cover the individual’s skills developments:

* What skills will make me a better reader?

* What strategies will help me understand my reading?

* Why is reading well important to my life?

Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Erickson has taught English, speech, theatre arts, and reading for grades 3-college during her career. She has taught in Blue Earth, Minnesota, and Battle Creek, Northeast Hamilton, Boone, and Des Moines, Iowa. She taught English an Speech Communication for DMACC in Boone. After receiving her doctorate in leadership, she taught in the education departments at Grand View University and Iowa State University. She helped create the Intensive Reading Program for DMPS at Callanan, served as a half-time literacy coach and North High School, and now teaches English 10 at Scavo High School.

Dr. Erickson has published twice in the area of literacy and earned the Community Service Award presented by Gov. Branstad. She has spoken at state, midwest, and two international conferences in literacy each of the last 8 years.

 

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Greg Schmida

Literacy Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: gregory.schmida@dmschools.org

Class Description

 

English I is aligned with the Iowa Core/Common Core State Standards which include strands Reading Literature, Reading Informational Texts, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and Language. Students read and discuss a variety of American and World Literature that asks bigger questions about humanity. Students write a variety of pieces: sustained writing, in-class writing, for a variety of audiences and on various topics. Students will study texts such as, Long Way Gone, Of Mice and Men and The Odyssey.

The content of the Creative Writing class is a multi-genre introduction to the craft of creative writing. In the context of a variety of genres, students will examine literary conventions as well as the writing techniques and tools essential to effective writing and editing.

 

Biography

Greg Schmida is and English Language Arts teacher at Scavo High School. He attended the University of Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in 1994. He has taught in Des Moines Public Schools since 1995 and at Scavo High School since 1998.

 

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Heather Hutchcroft

Literacy Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: heather.hutchcroft@dmschools.org

Class Description

Government and English ACME

ACME stands for Accelerated Curriculum Model of Expectations.  This class combines the standards for Government and English into a five week course.  The content is examined through the lens of social justice.  Students will read a novel, complete projects, work on in-class writing, be active participants in class discussions, and present several projects to their class.  In ACME, daily attendance is mandatory.

 

Economics and English ACME

ACME stands for Accelerated Curriculum Model of Expectations.  This class combines the standards for Economics and English into a five week course.  The course focus is on finding one’s place in our economic system. Students will read a novel, complete projects, work on in-class writing, be active participants in class discussions, and present several projects to their class.  In ACME, daily attendance is mandatory.

Biography

I graduated from Clarke College with a B.A. in Drama/Speech and from Drake University with a M.A. in teaching.  I am certified to teach English, Drama, Speech, and Special Education.   When I am not in the classroom I enjoy spending  time with my three children.  I also enjoy writing and singing karaoke.

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Isaac Lohmeier

Literacy Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: isaac.lohmeier@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Description English III:

Students will read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of texts from range of time periods in American history.

Viewing these texts through a global perspective will support critical analysis of the author’s style, thematic choices, character motivations, point of view, mood, and tone.  In other words, we will better understand why the author makes the choices they make if we compare these texts from different times and places to our own culture, and what we know about the world.

Students will respond to reading through several structured and thoughtful pieces of writing that focus on combining new understandings and previous background knowledge to gain insight into the author’s craft.  Students will be expected to revise and edit work for proper format and conventions.

 

Students will engage in tasks, activities, and discussions with both the teacher and peers to evolve their understanding of a text.

Course Description Writing 12:

The goal of this course is to help students gain in the understanding that words and language – in all shapes and forms – can be impactful, enjoyable, engaging, necessary, and even therapeutic.

To understand and to be understood is a powerful tool in this world.  Students will leave the class knowing the importance of “writing exactly what you mean” and being proud of the work it takes to convey a point of view.

Students will create a variety of written work using effective organization tools, support for their ideas, reflection and constructive feedback, revision techniques, and use of correct conventions.  A particular emphasis will be placed on personal narratives (non-fiction), narratives (fiction), and poetry.  Students will also read and comprehend literature in an effort to emulate authors’ techniques in their own writing.  Students will effectively communicate with a variety of audiences by making clear, supported, and purposeful choices as an author.

Students’ written work will be saved in a student portfolio for the duration of the class.

Biography

Isaac Lohmeier here.

The 2015-2016 school year will be my eighth in the classroom, my second at SCAVO High, and my third in DMPS.

In my time as an educator, I’ve proudly served Des Moines Public Schools, Gilbert Public Schools in Gilbert, Arizona, and the Iowa City Community School District.

These memorable years were filled with a range of opportunities including:

-Paraeducator (support staff) in both elementary and middle school resource rooms.

-Special Education Teacher (Grades 7-8)  Taught in a classroom that supported students who struggled with reading and writing.

-Middle School Teacher (Grades 6-8)  Taught a variety of courses including Literacy, Language Arts, English, and Honors.

-Drama Electives – Directed a Spring Main-Stage Production

-Head Coach: Wrestling and Soccer (boys and girls)

 

-Assistant Coach - Flag-Football and Track

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Lana Beres

SPED Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: lana.beres@dmschools.org

Class Description

I will be co-teaching all English classes and providing extra support and services to students at Scavo.

Biography

I graduated from AIB College of Business with an Associates Degree in Information Technology in 2001.  I graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2010 with teaching licensure as a Business teacher, Instructional Strategist I and Instructional Strategist II, and I am currently pursuing my Masters Degree.  I started working for DMPS in 2010 and have enjoyed my experiences in alternative education.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and reading.

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Quinn Woodhouse

SPED Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: quinn.woodhouse@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello, my name is Quinn Woodhouse and this is my first year teaching full time. Prior to this I substitute taught for 2 and a half years in Des Moines. I graduated from Grand View University in 2012. I am currently working on my Masters at Morningside University. I enjoy reading and woodworking. I teach special ed English and I am excited to have a great year.

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Rodney Hesterberg

SPED Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: rodney.hesterberg@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello! I'm Mr. Hesterberg. I've been part of the Scavo High School family since 2009 and I am happy to be here. I grew up in West Branch, Iowa and lived in the Des Moines area for 15 years. I am a Special Education teacher and I co-teach American History, 20th century , Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics and Biology. I am available to assist students in building career portfolios, help with IEP goals and connecting students to outside resources to reach their post-secondary goals. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, vacationing to Colorado and playing board games.

 

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Sarah Ball

English Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: sarah.ball@dmschools.org

Biography

As Scavo’s Instructional Coach (TLC), I am excited to be working with teachers to explore and implement best practices in education. Along with the rest of the district, we will be working on different aspects of Marzano’s Instructional Framework throughout the school year. I look forward to the opportunity to work with each teacher on the staff at Scavo. I love the atmosphere here at Scavo and the interaction between staff and students, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.

A native of eastern Iowa, I am a legacy graduate of Iowa State University (B.A. English) and received my M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Grand Canyon University. I’ve been a Language Arts, Speech, and Theatre Arts teacher/coach since 1986 – all in Iowa, except for three years in Minnesota and one wild year teaching ELL in the Middle East (United Arab Emirates).

It’s been a joy and a challenge to shift to this new role here at DMPS. I whistle while I work, I am an avid reader, and I love spending time in laughter with friends and family.