Hi, I am Linda Dearinger. I have been teaching in the Des Moines district for over 20 years. This is my first year as part of the Scavo Team and I am excited for the opportunities. When I m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and pets.
I spent my first 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. This will be my second year at Scavo, and I’m excited to continue to teach my favorite subject, math! I love being 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, spend time with my cats, read and sew/quilt.
I grew up just south of Des Moines in Norwalk and my family has been in that area for over 150 years. I went to college at Iowa State and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physics, with a minor in Mathematics and a specialization in Secondary Education. My first teaching job was in Storm Lake, where I taught Physics and Computer Programming and was the school district’s Computer Coordinator.
I left teaching for over a decade to pursue a career in the computer industry. Primarily I was a computer technician, working mostly on all the products made by Apple Computer, but I also installed, worked on and trained people how to use just about any software, hardware or networking product.
I returned to teaching around 2005 as a substitute teacher for Norwalk Schools. I really enjoyed substituting, but in 2010 I joined Des Moines schools as a 6th &7th Grade Behavior Disorder Teacher at Weeks Middle School. The next two years I was a 6th Grade Science Teacher, then I spent 2 years as a 7thGrade Science Teacher, all at Weeks. After that I tried working for myself in Landscape Construction, but I also signed up as a substitute for DMPS to help out financially. The Landscape Construction work didn’t pan out, so in 2018 I returned to full time teaching as a math teacher at Scavo High School.
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.
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.