Math

David Praska

SPED Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: david.praska@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello!  I am Mr. Praska.  I recently joined the Scavo High School Family this year and am so proud to be a member of this family but I am a seasoned veteran of 9 years in Alternative Education.  I earned my B.A. at Upper Iowa University and then graduated from Moringinside College in 2014 with M.A. in special education.  In my free time (which never seems to be enough), I enjoy being with my wife, outdoors and spending time with my kids (12 & 19).  I also like to fish, canoe and hunt with a bow.

Julie Fitzgerald

SPED Math

P: 515-242-7589 | E: julie.fitzgerald@dmschools.org

Biography

I spent my last 7 years teaching Special Education at Crestview Elementary in West Des Moines, where I enjoyed working with students in reading, writing, math and behavior. I truly appreciated the dynamics that young children bring to the classroom. 2017-2018 will be my first year at Scavo, and I'm excited to teach my favorite subject, math! I look forward to becoming part the Scavo family and as well as part of this full-service community school.

I graduated from Iowa State with a BS in Elementary Education with endorsements in K-8 mathematics and K-8 Special Education. Recently, I finished my Masters Degree at Grand View University in Urban Education and Teacher Leadership. When I'm not teaching, I love to travel with my teacher Husband, spend time with our cats, read and sew/quilt.

Meagen Wahl

Family Consumer Science and Math Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: meagen.wahl@dmschools.org

Class Description

Students will work in the Flex Lab to credit recover classes through individual assessment, group discussion, hands-on assignments, and an option of online resources. Students will focus on using mathematical operations, solving multi-step equations, and graphing.

Biography

I graduated from Missouri State University with a BS in Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising. I am endorsed in both Family & Consumer Sciences and Mathematics. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs, working on home improvement projects, visiting the DSM farmer’s market, and participating in athletic activities.

Sherri Huff

Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: sherri.huff@dmschools.org

Class Description

Conceptual Physics

Physics helps us to understand how the world around us works. The first semester involves the study of motion, describing it, looking at what causes it, identifying relationships, and making predictions. The second semester explores the concepts of electricity and magnetism and their relationship, and wave phenomena, properties, and applications.

Earth Science

First semester involves all the science that collectively seek to understand the Universe, life cycle of stars, the motion of objects in our solar system, and Earth’s formation and evolution from its beginning. The second semester will look into our dynamic Earth and forces that shape it, human interactions with the Earth’s geologic and environmental systems, and geochemical cycles and energy in the Earth system.

Biography

I graduated from Buena Vista College with a Bachelor of Science majoring in biology and minoring in mathematics and general science. I earned my Master’s in Science Education from the University of Iowa. In 2003, I earned National Board Certification in the area of science. My first teaching experience was at Rolfe High School in Rolfe, Iowa. I taught earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and various math classes. I also coached volleyball and track and drove the bus to the volleyball matches. My second teaching job was at Creston High School in Creston, Iowa. There I taught biology, chemistry, physics, and applied math and also did some coaching of basketball and volleyball. Since 2008, I have taught in the Des Moines School District, first with Future Pathways and now with Scavo High School.

Outside of school I enjoy training for and competing in triathlons, running events and RAGBRAI and working out at Kosama. Completed my first Ironman triathlon on September 11, 2016. I have my openwater scuba diving certificate and have earned a 2nd degree black belt in tae kwon do. Can you tell I like challenges? I really enjoy learning and helping students with their learning.

Tammy Clements

Math Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: tammy.clements@dmschools.org

Class Description

Geometry Extended

In Geometry we will learn about Geometric Relationships, Congruence, Three Dimensional Analysis, Similarity, Circles and Probability.  Each student will be given a course outline with student expectations.  We are going to have a fantastic year.  You are going to LOVE math!!

 

 

Biography

Biography

Hello, my name is Tammy.  I am married and have two boys; the youngest is a junior in high school and the oldest is a junior at the University of Iowa.  I am originally from Florida.  I have an insane Boston terrier named Tuffy.

I graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa.  I have taught just about every math class available, ranging from general math to calculus.  I taught calculus and pre-calculus in the International Baccalaureate program for my last 13 years of teaching in Florida.   Seven years ago my husband and I decided to move to Iowa for the lovely winter weather here.  Since the move I have been teaching here at SCAVO.  There is never a dull moment.  Every day I learn something new.

 

Tricia Dauterive

Math Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: tricia.dauterive@dmschools.org

Class Description

Algebra I
In Algebra I we will learn about the real number system, quantities, seeing structure in expressions, arithmetic with polynomials and rational expressions, create equations, reason with equations and inequalities, interpreting functions, building functions, linear, quadratic, and exponential models, expressing geometric properties with equations, and interpreting categorical and quantitative data.

Financial Math

This course connects practical math concepts to personal and business settings. Students study topics such as personal financial planning, budgeting and wise spending, banking, paying taxes, the importance of insurance, long-term investing, debt, and buying a house.

Biography

Hi! My name is Tricia Dauterive. You can call me Tricia. I have three kids; girl, boy, girl. My eldest is attending Iowa State, my son is attending Iowa, and my baby is in high school. I was primarily a stay at home mom for nearly seventeen years. During this time I went back to college and earned my bachelors in math with an endorsement in secondary education. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my kids, reading, and jogging. I enjoy teaching at SCAVO- my students are amazing!