Tena Baumgartner


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Doug Bown

Strings Instructor

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Jazmine Dirks

Art Teacher

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Joseph McCright

Spanish Teacher & Technology Specialist

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Education Experience:
Associate of Arts/Pre-Law. Marshalltown Community College, Marshalltown, IA.
Bachelors of International Studies. School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT.
Juris Doctor. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
Additional coursework at Louisiana College, Pineville, LA, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA, and Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

Professional Experience:
Cottage Parent at the Iowa Juvenile Home, Toledo, IA.
English as a Foreign Language Teacher, United States Peace Corps, Central African Republic.
Teacher Trainer, United States Peace Corps, Central African Republic.
Volunteer Team Leader and Volunteer Trainer, City Volunteer Corps, New York, NY.
Attorney, Mediator, Cincinnati, OH.
Teacher, Spanish and Physical Education, Alexandria, LA.
Teacher, Spanish and French, Des Moines Community School District, Des Moines, IA
This is my 4th year at Stowe.

IB - International Mindedness
Responsive Classroom Overview
Peace Corps Training of Trainers
Peace Corps Pre-Service Training
I have lived in or visited 22 different countries in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

My hope and dream for Stowe students is that all students practice treating everyone in their community with respect.

Bethany Schmitt

Music Teacher

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Education Experience:
B.A. in Music Education and Elementary Education-Grand View College

IB-Making the PYP Happen
Responsive Classroom Overview
Responsive Classroom: Responding to Misbehavior

Teaching Experience:
I have been with the Des Moines Public School District for 7 years. This is my 8th year at Stowe, I have also taught Music (K-8) at Cowles Montessori for 1 year, and was Music Facilitator at Walnut Street Elementary for 1 year.

My hope and dream for my students this year is for the students to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Music, and why music is so important to everything they learn and do.


Mrs. Schmitt's Music Class