Social Sciences

Ben Hurley

Sped Science and Social Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: benjamin.hurley@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Ben Hurley and I am a Special Education Teacher at Scavo High School. I have worked in the district for six years teaching at risk youth. I am very passionate about the work I do, making history current and relatable to a wide range of students.  I have earned a Master’s Degree from Morningside University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University. Some of my hobbies include coaching athletics, traveling, and spending time with my family.

Carl Stamey

Night School Lead- Social Studies

P: 515-242-7589 | E: carl.stamey@dmschools.org

Biography

I have over 30 years of teaching experience that began in Nashville, Tennessee, after receiving my BA in history from Trevecca Nazarene University. I also have completed graduate work at Tennessee State University and Middle Tennessee State University. Before teaching I worked over 25 years in the tennis business, having taught and played professionally. I have been at Scavo for 17 years and retired in 2013. I came back to work in the Night Lab two years ago. I still enjoy playing tennis every day.

Stacy Schmidt

Social Studies

P: 515-242-7589 | E: stacy.schmidt@dmschools.org

Class Description

Stacy teaches Government, US History, Psychology, and Sociology. 

Biography

Although I started my college education at UNI, I graduated with my BA in History and Political Science from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. I earned my MA in History from the University of Iowa, then returned to the U of I to earn my teaching licensure for Social Studies. During my teaching career I have taught at Fairfield, Grinnell, Dubuque, and Des Moines. I also served in the Iowa Army National Guard for 14 years as a member of the 34th Army Band. I’m a geek – I love comics, anime, superheroes, science fiction, and fantasy books & movies. In my spare time I enjoy going to conventions, cosplay, and music. I am passionate about education, social studies, and current events and I’m excited to be at Scavo!

Whitney Cavanah

Social Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: Whitney.cavanah@dmschools.org

Class Description

Whitney teaches 20th Century World History, History's Mysteries, and America in the 1960s.

Biography

I graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in History and from Drake University with an MA in Teaching. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, and traveling.