Literacy

Beth Erickson

Literacy Teacher

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

Class Description

I co-teach all my class, ACME and CBL. ACME includes Writing 12 with government and Writing My World with economics. Both writing classes involve informative and persuasive writing about the key concepts of government and economics.

Community Based Learning (CBL) expands 3.5 hours each day. Students my earn a .5 credit in each class which include: English 3 (American Literature) both semesters, American History (both semesters) and Debate. All lessons are blended. CBL has tours to coincide with the key concepts. We have a classroom in the Historical Building. Traveling required!

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 and 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.

 

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.

 

Heather Hutchcroft

Literacy Teacher

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

Class Description

English I includes grading topics: analyzing complex characters, analyzing text structure, analyzing themes, writing narratives, evaluating arguments and purpose, researching information, writing research and analyzing literary interpretation. We use a variety of texts to explore these topics including excerpts from: The Color Purple, Angela’s Ashes and Romeo and Juliet.

English II includes grading topics: analyzing complex characters, analyzing theme, writing text analysis, evaluating arguments and purpose, constructing speeches, delivering presentations and integrating multiple texts. We use a variety of texts to explore these topics including, Of Mice and Men and Feed. We also learn about persuasive techniques and work on speeches.

Lit and Comp: Science Fiction

In this course we learn about the background of Science Fiction and explore some of its major themes. We read several short stories and excerpts from notable Science fiction authors including: Frankenstein, The Time Machine and 1984.

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. This is my 20th year with Des Moines Public Schools.

Isaac Lohmeier

Literacy Teacher

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

Class Description

ENGLISH III

English III builds on the structures of reading and writing, using a variety of materials representing different literary forms and authors. An emphasis on American literature through a global perspective will support critical analysis of author's style, character motivation, point of view, mood, and tone. Composition will focus on argumentation that synthesizes new understandings with background knowledge and analyses drawn from insight into the author's craft while adhering to conventions generally established in conventions, usage, syntax, and style.

English IV

English IV includes a survey of world literature studied in a thematic approach to critically evaluate information based on relevancy, objectivity, and reliability. Students will write several compositions using expository and argumentative techniques, including a research project. This project will include an articulated research question or thesis statement, and incorporate findings while adhering to a consistent format for documentation.

Biography

Isaac Lohmeier here.

I graduated from the University of Iowa in the winter of 2006. The 2017-2018 school year will be my tenth year in the classroom. This marks my fourth year at SCAVO High School and my fifth year with Des Moines Public Schools.

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:

* Began as a Paraeducator (support staff) in both elementary and middle school

resource rooms.

* Supported students who struggled with reading and writing as a Special Education

Teacher (Grades 7-8)

* Taught a variety of courses including Literacy, Language Arts, English, and Honors as a

Middle School Teacher (Grades 6-8)

* Developed Drama Electives, Drama Clubs, and directed a Spring Main-Stage

Production

* Served as a Head Coach in Wrestling and Soccer (Boys and Girls)

* Served as an Assistant Coach in Flag-Football and Track

Lana Beres

SPED Teacher

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

Class Description

Power English is a 6 week reading intervention course that utilizes a variety of tools to improve students reading levels and fluency. In addition, I work as the Community Based teacher and meet with students in the community to reengage them in school.

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. In 2016, I received my Master Degree as a Professional Educator from Morningside College and obtained my Special Education Consultant endorsement. 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.

Quinn Woodhouse

SPED Teacher

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

Biography

Hello, my name is Quinn Woodhouse and I have been teaching full time since 2015. 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 College. I enjoy reading and woodworking. I teach special education English and I am excited to have a great year.

Sarah Ball

English Teacher

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

Class Description

The Flex Lab at Scavo High School works with under-credited students to improve their progress toward graduation. The Lab offers credit recovery, original credit, blended learning (through Canvas and other online platforms), and cross-curricular opportunities. As the English teacher in Scavo’s Flex Lab, I work with students in all parts of all of the district’s required English courses and most of the district’s elective English courses. We also coordinate our efforts in the Scavo Flex Lab with the Flex Labs at the other high schools in the district as well as with Scavo’s classroom instruction.

Biography

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/Reading and Literacy from Grand Canyon University. I have worked in a variety of positions revolving around a Language Arts core since 1986 - classroom teacher, speech and drama coach, mentor teacher, academic interventionist, instructional coach, and back to classroom teacher - all in Iowa, except for three years in Minnesota and one wild year teaching ELL in the Middle East (United Arab Emirates). I love my job.

I whistle while I work, I am an avid reader, and I love spending time in laughter with friends and family.