West Union Center / Teacher

Peggy Bentley

Peggy Bentley, West Union Elementary Kindergarten Teacher


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Mrs. Bentley graduated from Upper Iowa University with a BA in Elementary Education and an Early Childhood endorsement.  She later attended University of Northern Iowa to receive her Special Education endorsement.  Mrs. Bentley received her MA in Special Education from Walden University.  She has been at North Fayette since 1997.

Angie Boehm

Angie Boehm, West Union Elementary 1st Grade Teacher


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Mrs. Boehm is a graduate of Winona State University. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood and ELL Endorsement.

Mrs. Boehm's goal is for her students to love learning and be excited to share their knowledge.

Ann Bruso

Ann Bruso, West Union Elementary Reading/Math Interventionist Teacher


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Mrs. Bruso graduated from the University of Kansas in 1980. She received her reading endorsement from Upper Iowa in 1998. She has been teaching Title I in the District since 1999.

There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all.
-Jacqueline Kennedy

Jessica Bushman

Jessica Bushman, West Union Elementary Special Education Teacher


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Welcome to West Union Elementary's Resource Room! My name is Ms. Bushman. I graduated from Upper Iowa University with my Elementary Education Degree and endorsement in K-12 special education, K-12 reading, and K-6 English in 2006. I graduated in 2010 with my Master of Education Degree in Classroom Leadership with additional endorsements in behavior disorders, mental retardation, and learning disabilities.

My math classroom also runs the NF Shop. This is a store my students created to sell school supplies and raise money for charities. Over the past two years we have donated over $4,000 to Dance Marathon of Iowa City for children with cancer. Our charity for this year is Northeast Iowa Shiners! We have a large goal of donating $4,000! The students are excited to support another great cause.

Shelly Crandall

Shelly Crandall, West Union Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher


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Mrs. Crandall started teaching 2nd grade at North Fayette in 2009/10. She began at North as a Resource Room teacher where she traveled between the West Union and Hawkeye Center. Mrs. Crandall has taught at the Benton Community Schools and Valley Community Schools before she came to the North Fayette School in the 2007/08 school year.

She graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2000 with her BA degree in Education, and earned her Master's Degree from Morningside College in 2008.

Advice to parents: Stay involved in your child's life. Ask questions when they get home from school and be an active parent.

Morgan  Deering

Morgan Deering, West Union Elementary Reading/Math Interventionist Teacher


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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin

Mike Elsbernd

Mike Elsbernd, West Union Elementary Kindergarten Teacher


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Mr. Elsbernd graduated from Upper Iowa University in the spring of 1999. He started teaching at North Fayette in the fall of 1999.

His advice to parents would be to keep teaching and modeling respect and manners to your children. I see a lot of well mannered kids in school and out in the community.

Dawn Halverson

Dawn Halverson, West Union Elementary Jr. Kindergarten Teacher


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Mrs. Halverson graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2010.  She has her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education grades prek-3rd grade with Special Education.  She has teaching endorsements in Early Childhood Special Education, K-8 Reading, K-8 Language Arts, and K-8 Instructional Strategist 1: Mild/Moderate.

Justin  Heins

Justin Heins, West Union & Fayette Elementary Physical Education Teacher


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Mr. Heins graduated from North Fayette in 2001 and from the University of Northern Iowa in 2006 with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Coaching. He is the Physical Education Teacher for West Union & Fayette Elementaries.

Mr. Heins coaches Varsity Football, Middle School Wrestling, 8th Grade Boy's Track, and JV Softball

Brittany Heins

Brittany Heins, West Union Elementary Special Education Teacher


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Mrs. Heins graduated from UNI in 2006 with her BA in Elementary and Special Education. After graduating she taught at Independence High School as a Special Education Teacher for 3 years. In 2009, Mrs. Heins started teaching special education at Valley CEW. In 2010, Mrs. Heins graduated from Upper Iowa University with her Masters in Special Education. She also went on to get endorsements in reading and Level I Special Education at Upper Iowa. Mrs. Heins started teaching at North Fayette the 2012-2013 school year.

Ashley Henderson

Ashley Henderson, West Union Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher


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My name is Ashley Dyke and I started teaching 4th grade at West Union Elementary the 2013-2014 school year.
 
    In May 2007, I actually graduated from North Fayette High School and that fall began at UNI (Go Panthers!!).  In the fall of 2012, I graduated from UNI with a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood education with minors in Literacy and Early Childhood Special Education.

    I love teaching! It is the best job and I can't imagine doing anything else! I love watching students learn and grow. They are constantly amazing me with their unique abilities. I am so excited to get to know you and your child this year! I feel blessed to be teaching back in the West Union Community!

Sherri Imoehl

Sherri Imoehl, Instructional Coach


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Mrs. Imoehl graduated from Upper Iowa University in 1996 with a degree in Secondary English Education.  In 2002, she graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Master’s Degree in School Library Media Studies.  She also has endorsements in 5-12 Reading and as a Middle School Generalist. She has been the K-12 Teacher Librarian for NFV and taught 7th grade Language Arts.  This is her first year as an Instructional Coach/Technology Integrationist. 

Renee Larson

Renee Larson, Early Childhood Special Education/Preschool Teacher


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Mrs. Larson is a 2001 North Fayette graduate and 2005 University of Northern Iowa graduate. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, with an Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement.

 
Mrs. Larson's goal is for her students to love school, learn through play and know how much they are cared about in her pre-school classroom.
Kelli Lau

Kelli Lau, West Union Elementary Kindergarten Teacher


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Mrs. Lau graduated from The University of Northern Iowa in 1993. She started teaching at North Fayette in 1995.
Her advice to parents of Kindergarteners?
Work with them on tying shoes and writing their name. Also, read to them every day. It really makes a difference.

Val Lechtenberg

Val Lechtenberg, West Union Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher


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My name is Valerie Lechtenberg.  I graduated from Waldorf College with my AA degree.  I graduated from Wartburg College with my BA in Elementary Education.  I am married to my husband Dave, and we have one son, Duane.

I started working at North Fayette in 1988 as a para professional.  I began teaching in the classroom in 1991.  I have taught Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 3rd Grade, and 4th Grade. 

In my free time I enjoy golfing, reading, traveling, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Elly Lehs

Elly Lehs, West Union Elementary 1st Grade Teacher


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Mrs. Lehs graduated from Upper Iowa University in Fayette with a BA in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading and Art.

Advice to Parents: Read with your child every day.

Sue Martin

Sue Martin, West Union Elementary Special Education Teacher


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Mrs. Martin has 10 years experience teaching students with challenging behaviors and learning disabilities. She taught Title I reading for 3 years at a residential facility for 10-18 year olds, and taught K-5 elementary education for 6 years in a self-contained special education classroom.
Sue has a B.A. in K-6 Elementary Education, a K-8 Reading Endorsement, and an Instructional Strategist II: BD/LD Endorsement. Click on her website link for parent resources!
"Love me when I least deserve it, because that's when I really need it." 
~Swedish Proverb
“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity,  he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”  Clay P. Bedford
Leah  Sayer

Leah Sayer, West Union Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher


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Mrs. Sayer graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2004 with a BS in Elementary Education.  She has taught Title I, Kindergarten, and first grade in Northwest Indiana before moving to Fayette with her husband and three daughters in 2013.

Do all the good you can.  By all the means you can.  In all the ways you can.  In all the places you can.  At all the times you can.  To all the people you can.  As long as ever you can.  -John Wesley
Shelly Sieck

Shelly Sieck, West Union Elementary 4th Grade Teacher


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Mrs. Sieck graduated from the University of Dubuque, but attended Luther, Creighton, and the University of New Mexico before that. She played college softball and basketball. She graduated in 1983 with a major in Elementary Education, a minor in English, and her coaching degree. She started teaching here at North Fayette in 1987.

My thoughts: "No one can do everything, but everyone can do something."

Laurie Uthoff

Laurie Uthoff, West Union Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher


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Ms. Uthoff is certified in Elementary Education K-8 / Special Ed. She has been at North Fayette since 1987.

Advice to parents: Take time to check the papers that your child brings home to you each night.

Joni Walvatne

Joni Walvatne, West Union Elementary 4th Grade Teacher


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Hi! - I am Miss Walvatne. I graduated from North Fayette in 2002. In May 2006, I graduated from Wartburg College with a Bachelor of arts degree in Elementary Education. I have my K-8 Reading endorsement and in 2012, I obtained my Master's Degree in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Iowa.


Obviously you can tell that education is very important to me and that is all thanks to the support of my parents, teachers, and community members. 

I highly encourage parents to be involved in their student's academic affairs and support them on their educational journey. We are after all preparing them for their future. I'll share with you one of my favorite quotes from Garrison Keillor: "Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted."

Jessica White

Jessica White, Instructional Coach


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Mrs. White graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2001 with a BA in Elementary Education and a Reading Endorsement.  She began her teaching career in 2001 at the Highland School District and later joined the North Fayette staff in 2004.  She completed her Master's Degree in 2008 from Upper Iowa University.  She has since received her Middle School Endorsement and English as a Second Language Endorsement.