grew up in Webster City, graduated from UNI and now live in Carroll with my husband, two daughters and son. I have always loved art and am thrilled to get to spend my days helping 4th-12th grade students improve their art skills, express themselves and use their brain in different and important ways. I also have my National Board Certification in Adolescent/Young Adult Art. In my spare time I enjoy creating my own art, reading, baking, playing with technology, exercising and having fun with my family and friends. my art teacher blog: mrsbaack.com Instagram account: follow @gliddenralstonart on Artsonia: search for Glidden-Ralston under the schools search bar.
I grew up and graduated from Humboldt High School. In 2015, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Northern Iowa. I went on to receive my Masters in Professional School Counseling from Buena Vista University. I am married to Ryan Bach, a Carroll native. Together we have two girls, twin boys and two cats! In our free time we love to be together as a family, go swimming and hiking, go visit grandparents, and watching football. I am very excited to begin my first year as the K-12 School Counselor for Glidden-Ralston.
I grew up in Glidden and graduated from Glidden-Ralston in 2012. In 2017, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in reading and special education from Drake University. I have just recently moved back to Glidden and enjoy spending time with family, friends, and my dog, Bo! I am beyond excited to begin my career teaching in the Glidden-Ralston Community School District!
I grew up in Jefferson, Iowa and graduated from Jefferson-Scranton High School in 1989. After high school, I attended DMACC in Ankeny for building trades. I continued my education at DMACC in Boone earning an Associate Degree and completed my education at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska in 1997. Following my graduation from Wayne State, I accepted a 7-12 Industrial Technology teaching position at Ruthven-Ayrshire High School in Ruthven, Iowa. Our family moved back to this area after 15 years of teaching in the Ruthven-Ayrshire school district. I am in my fourth year teaching at Glidden-Ralston.
I graduated from Jefferson High School in 1984. I have a Bachelor’s in Business Administration Management from Wayne State College. I completed my Master’s in Teaching 5-12 English/Language Arts in 2011 from Kaplan University. I have worked many jobs in business including managing a convention center, managing a fabric store and managing job placement for people with disabilities. I spent 11 years in banking at various positions. My greatest passion is my love for learning. I get up each day ready and wanting to learn and my desire is to transfer that curiosity to students through the knowledge of how to ask questions and develop their reflection on how they learn best. I enjoy cooking, gardening, going on bike rides with my husband, reading and math, learning new things, and spending time with family.
I grew up on a farm by Willey and live in Carroll now. I have two grown children. I graduated from Buena Vista College with a BS degree. I worked in Omaha hospitals before moving back to the Carroll area. I have worked at Glidden Ralston for 15 years. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking and traveling.
I grew up on a farm near Florence, SD, and graduated from SDSU in Brookings, SD with an English major and a Spanish minor. I have taught both English and Spanish since I graduated in 1974. I did learn lots of Spanish while I studied for 6 weeks in Spain the summer of 1972. I have taught in Bancroft, NE, Sheffield, IA, Garner, IA and here at Glidden for most of my teaching career. I love teaching students a new language. Knowing a foreign language is so important in our ever shrinking world. Students get exposure to more and more Spanish every day and if they can communicate in their field, they are an additional asset to their employer. I am a sponsor of Spanish Club and have taken students on trips to either Mexico or Costa Rica since 1995. We go every other year. Exposing students to the outside world and making them appreciate other cultures as well as their own is a goal of mine. I live in Carroll, IA, and have 3 sons, 5 granddaughters, and 1 grandson. Family is very important to me, but so is the G-R family. I try to incorporate both families in my life. I also work part-time at New Hope, training others to work with people with disabilities. I would have to say teaching is in my blood. In my spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.
I grew up in Ralston and graduated from Glidden-Ralston. My husband Matt and I farm north of Glidden, and also raise hogs and cattle. We have 3 boys, our 2 oldest , Weston and Stuart have graduated from college and Oliver is a senior in high school. I am currently in my 11th year at Glidden-Ralston where I am an Elementary and Guidance office secretary. I enjoy my job very much and am excited to be working in the school where my husband,myself,and our kids have graduated.
I grew up in Coon Rapids where I graduated from in 2009. I went on to attend AIB College of Business where I received my Bachelors degree in Business Administration in 2012. I decided to go back to school and obtained my teaching degree in 2016. I became a 4-6 Math teacher in 2017. I am currently in my third year of teaching and 8th year as a coach at GR. I am currently the head girls basketball, girls golf, boys golf, and baseball at GR. I also an assistant football coach. I live in Glidden with my wife Lesley and our two dogs Hazel and Milo. In our spare time we enjoy going to sporting events, trying out new places to eat, and golfing.
I graduated from Carroll High School and participated in Football, Basketball, Track, and Baseball. My wife Kris (Graduate of GR) are proud parents of two girls, Kaylee, Alicen, and Austin. In my spare time, I like to hunt and fish.
I grew up just north of Gowrie, Iowa and graduated from Prairie Valley in 2011. After high school I attended Iowa State University graduating in 2015 majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. I continued my education at the University of Northern Iowa and graduated last spring having studied Secondary Social Science Education. I have endorsements in US History, World History, US Government, Geography, Economics, Sociology, and Psychology. I am very excited to have the opportunity to teach and coach here at the Glidden-Ralston CSD.
I too am an Iowa girl who grew up in Ralston. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education . After college I spent five years in Kansas City, where I worked in retail, taught preschool and kindergarten. I always knew I would come back to Iowa, so came back to own/operate my own preschool and daycare for several years. I married and was an at home mom in the Churdan area. Eventually I became a one-on-one associate here at GR as well as a preschool associate. For two years I substitute taught in several local school districts before I was hired as a third grade teacher here. It has been a priviledge to be a teacher in the district that I attended K-12! I currently teach third grade, but have also taught fourth grade math and fourth and fifth grade social studies. My husband Pat and I have lived here for the past eleven years. We have two grown children and one granddaughter. She has become my new favorite hobby, but I also enjoy baking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
I grew up in the small town of Lake View, Iowa. I graduated from Wall Lake View Auburn High School in 2003. I graduated from The University of South Dakota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2010. After graduating I did some substitute teaching at Glidden-Ralston and the Carroll area. I was hired in January of 2013 to reboot a struggling band program in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. After teaching there for two and a half years we moved closer to family with me teaching at Omaha Nation Public Schools in Macy, Nebraska on the Omaha Nation Indian reservation. Now, I teach Band at both Glidden-Ralston and Coon Rapids-Bayard. My wife teaches Vocal Music at Coon Rapids-Bayard. We have a 6 year old son, Drew and a 3 year old daughter Erika. Our family lives in Coon Rapids and are excited to be moving back to the area.
I am an Iowa farm girl who grew up on a farm just outside of Lidderdale, Iowa. I graduated from Carroll High School and then attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri where I graduated with a major in Elementary Education, a Reading Endorsement, and a concentration in Mathematics. My teaching career began by teaching preschool at Paton-Churdan Community School. I then taught third grade for four years before coming to Glidden. Teaching is my passion and I enjoy helping children become life-long learners. I love having them be actively engaged in what they are learning through hands-on work. I enjoy incorporating STEM into my classroom and having my students learn through making. I live in Carroll with my husband and three children. When I am not in school, I enjoy being outdoors, helping others, and spending time with family and friends.
Born and raised in Coon Rapids, Iowa where I graduated in 2008. I attended Iowa State University in the Fall of 2008 where I was majoring in Chemical Engineering. I attended Iowa State until the Spring of 2009 and transferred to DMACC in Ankeny and began to obtain a degree in Elementary Education. After a year at DMACC, I then transferred to Grand View University to complete my degree and graduated in 2014. My wife and I, along with our dog Chewbacca then moved to Madison, Wisconsin where I was a substitute teacher for the Madison Metropolitan School District for 1 year and then a 4th grade teacher position at St. John the Baptist in Jefferson, Wisconsin. We moved back in the summer of 2016 to Jefferson, Iowa where I accepted a position at Kuemper Catholic teaching 3rd grade. After teaching 2 years at Kuemper, I accepted a position for Glidden-Ralston School District teaching 2nd grade. I also am coaching Junior High Football along with Junior High Girls Basketball and can't be more excited to be here at Glidden-Ralston!
Growing up on a farm west of Grand Junction and graduating from East Greene Community Schools, I learned the importance of community and serving others. I am a graduate of Rhema Bible College and Oral Roberts University earning a degree in Social Studies Education. While my 5 boys were born in Iowa, the last 13 years we lived in Oklahoma experiencing both small town and city life. I taught 7th grade Geography in Jenks, OK, a large school district with over 800 7th graders. My husband of 27 years brought us back to Iowa to pastor in Carroll and I am excited to be serving both Glidden-Ralston and Paton-Churdan schools in the technology department. Since I love spending time with family, I am thrilled to be here in Iowa. In my free time I enjoy outdoor activities, camping, reading, baking and playing games with my family.
I originally grew up in Carroll and graduated from Kuemper High School. I attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with a BA degree in elementary education and a minor in special education. I've also recently graduated with my master's degree from Buena Vista in curriculum and instruction. Before I came to Glidden, I taught for 2 and ½ years in Omaha in a second grade classroom. Then I moved to Dedham with my husband and taught here at Glidden in special education for 2 years. This year I am thrilled to be named Technology Integrationist and Curriculum Director.
I was born in Syracuse, NY and moved in the 6th grade to Spirit Lake, IA where I graduated high school in 1992. I furthered my education at Waldorf College in Forest City where I graduated with my A.A. in Business Administration. I then graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stout in Menominee, WI with a B.S. in Business Administration. I work as a Contractor Relations Representative for American Home Shield where I manage the HVAC network in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. My wife, Paula, is also a Spirit Lake High School graduate. We have two daughters Morgan and Vanessa who are very active, and keep us on the run. I have been an active member of the Carroll Kiwanis Club for 18 years. I am also active in our church currently the VP of our church council. In my spare time I like to golf, travel, fish, pheasant hunt with our two dogs, and cheer for the Green Bay Packers and Iowa Hawkeyes.
I grew up on a farm by Coon Rapids and now live in Glidden. I graduated from Coon Rapids High School , then went to DMACC for 2 years where I received an AA degree in Developmental Disabilities. I started at G-R in the fall of 1997. My husband and I have 3 grown daughters that have graduated from G-R. I enjoy time with family and friends.
I am a proud 1984 graduate of Glidden-Ralston. I attended Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa and received my Bachelor of Arts in Education. After several years of teaching I attended Drake University and received my Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration as well as My Specialist degree with superintendent certification. I served for 10 years as the building principal at GR and am now serving as superintendent. One of the things I take the most pride in is the fact that 13 members of my immediate family have graduated from this school district. I live in Glidden. I enjoy spending time with my sons, daughters and grandchildren...
I grew up in Halbur, graduated from Kuemper High School and then Briar Cliff University in Sioux City. I currently live in Carroll with my husband Jon and our three children Madison, Mitchell and Nash. I began my career at Glidden-Ralston in 1999. I am the Pre-K –12 Talented and Gifted Teacher/Coordinator, 7-12 Family Consumer Science Teacher and the 4-8 Technology.
I grew up in Jewell and graduated from South Hamilton, earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. I worked in agriculture and then in biochemistry before earning my teaching certification with endorsements in the sciences. Switching to teaching gave me an opportunity to encourage our youth to explore the many amazing and cutting edge scientific fields that are right in Iowa. I live in Gowrie and enjoy spending time with my kids, hiking, reading, and anything outdoors. I am honored to be teaching at Glidden-Ralston!
I graduated from Carroll High School in 2002. I live in Glidden with my husband and 2 kids. I love spending time with family out side of work.
I grew up and attended school in Audubon. After high school, I took classes through the DMACC/UNI program to earn my bachelor's degree in elementary education, with endorsements in K-6 Language Arts and K-6 Social Studies. I moved to the Des Moines area and continued my schooling to add my K-8 Reading endorsement and my Pre-K through 3rd Special Education endorsement. After being hired by Glidden-Ralston in 2012 to teach elementary special education, my husband and I moved from Ankeny to Jefferson. I also completed my schooling to earn my K-8 Special Education, Level I endorsement. My husband Rob and I have one young son, Xavier, who keeps us very busy!
I grew up on a farm south of Glidden, and graduated from Glidden-Ralston. I received my degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Iowa. I have taught many grades during my career here at G-R, but my love is watching the young ones blossom and grow. My husband, John, and I have three children who attend G-R. In nice weather, we enjoy camping, archery, and target shooting. When it is cold out, we love to watch movies, sit by the fire, and spend time with our family.
I am originally from Audubon, Iowa and now live in Glidden with my husband and two children. I graduated from UNI in 1994 with my elementary/early childhood teaching degree and obtained my reading endorsement from Viterbo University in the spring of 2006. My teaching career began at Holy Trinity in Halbur teaching Kindergarten for six years, followed by five years in First grade at Paton-Churdan, and I am currently in my 10th year of teaching 4th/5th/6th grade Literacy at Glidden-Ralston. I love teaching in the community where I live and am raising my family. Outside of school, I enjoy walking, reading, golfing, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.
I have been at Glidden-Ralston for almost 21 years as a Custodial Engineer. My wife, Kim, and I both graduated from G-R, along with our 2 sons. We also have 1 grandchild who is almost 2 years old,his name is Jaxsyn and we enjoy spending all the time we can with him. In my free time I enjoy driving out in the country looking at crops and nature, I also have a great time on the dance floor.
I was raised in the small, northwest Iowa town of Marcus. Following graduation from Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn CSD, I attended Buena Vista University and earned my B.A. in secondary education, history, and psychology. Being a winter graduate I had the opportunity to substitute teach in several schools--Glidden-Ralston being one of them! Throughout this experience, I realized I loved being in special education classrooms and began working toward my M.Ed. in Special Education through Morningside College. I accepted my first teaching position in this capacity at Ridge View Middle School in Early, Iowa, where I taught for two years. When the opportunity to become a G-R Wildcat presented itself I was ecstatic because I had such fond memories of this community, the people within it, and the school they support. I am now the 7th-12th grade special education teacher, Study Skills Assistance Program coordinator, and Alternative School manager here at G-R. I am so incredibly grateful to be a part of such a wonderful place!
I grew up in Carroll. I earned my a bachelor's degree in Social Work and in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa. I live in Lake City with my Husband, Kelan, who farms and raises turkeys. We have 3 children, Kinley (4), Knox (1) and our newborn, Kemry. We love going camping and traveling! I am so excited to start my career teaching 3rd grade at Glidden-Ralston.
I grew up in Pella, Iowa. In high school, I became friends with Tiffany. Eventually, during college, I tricked her into marrying me. Since then we have been blessed with four children: Danielle (almost 17), Josiah (13.5), Ariel (8), and Surprise! (Likely appearing in October). I earned a B.A. in secondary math education through Western Governors University in 2017, a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at Iowa State University in 2009, a B.S. in studio art (specializing in ceramics) from Olivet Nazarene University in 2004, and an A.A. from Kirkwood Community College in 2001. I substitute taught in Iowa high schools and middle schools for 8 years. Then, I taught 8th grade math through calculus at Waterloo Christian School for two years. Now I am super-excited to be teaching all the high school math courses at Glidden-Ralston because I love guiding students to think more critically and become adept at problem-solving and reasoning. Math fascinates me because truth fascinates me. The more I explore the world mathematically, the more I experience wonder. Some happy side effects of this addiction include skills I can apply to making art, building things, remodeling, solving puzzles, winning games, and making sure I don't spend more than what's in my checking account. It is my goal to spread this or similar conditions to Glidden-Ralston students.
I grew up on a farm north of Lake View and attended Buena Vista University and Northwest Missouri State University where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I taught in Iowa for many years, Virginia, and North Carolina before coming back home to Iowa. I received my Master of Arts in Special Education in 2010, and received my Strategist II: ID endorsement through the University of Northern Iowa, and my ESL endorsement through Morningside College. I live in Odebolt, Iowa with my daughter, Emma, who attends Glidden-Ralston. Go Wildcats!!!
I was elected to the Glidden-Ralston school board in the fall of 2009 and have enjoyed being a part of all the progress in our building. My husband, Kevin, and I have four children. Brittany, Hallie, and Traer all graduated from Glidden-Ralston and Talia is a current student. I grew up in Urbandale, Iowa and graduated from Urbandale High School. Following graduation, I attended and graduated from Iowa State University. I currently work at DesMoines Area Community College in Carroll as a coordinator of student and community resources. In my spare time , I enjoy golfing, jogging, and following Iowa State and Glidden-Ralston athletics.
I grew up on a farm in Carroll County and currently live in Glidden. I am married and have four children and three grandchildren. After high school, I worked as a bank employee, legal secretary, and teacher associate. I entered college while raising four children. I attended Buena Vista University and graduated with a BA degree in K-6 elementary education, reading endorsement, and social studies minor. I continued by education at the graduate level at the University of Northern Iowa and received my PK-K endorsement and PK – 3rd grade Special Education. I taught Early Childhood Special Education and Pre-Kindergarten in two other districts before my current position at Glidden. I am in my 7th year teaching Pre-Kindergarten and Special Education at Glidden. I am proud to be a teacher and wildcat at Glidden. I enjoy teaching young children as they enter their first experience in a school setting. Children’s innocence and eagerness to learn is very rewarding. Outside of school, I enjoy being outdoors, especially planting flowers, watching sports and reading. Most of all I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren
I grew up in Glidden and graduated from Glidden-Ralston in 2008. I attended Iowa Western Community College for one year and then received my B.A. in Elementary Education from Grand View University in Des Moines in 2012. After attending college, I substituted at many surrounding schools for one year. I recently married my long-time boyfriend and best friend! We live in Glidden and enjoy being part of a great community! During my spare time, I enjoy being outside, watching movies, being with friends and family, attending Iowa State sporting events, and playing with our dog, Cy!
I grew up in State Center, Iowa and graduated in 2007 from West Marshall. After high school I attended William Penn University where I played Basketball and Track. I am in my third year teaching and my first year at Glidden-Ralston. I am excited to be the PreK-12 P.E. teacher because I will be able to get to know all the student and watch them grow. I will also be coaching Boy's Varsity Basketball. I live in Carroll and enjoy watching and playing sports in me free time. Go Cyclones!
I live in Carroll and grew up in Stuart, Iowa the 10th child of 14 children! I graduated from Iowa State University and have taught music for 17 years. I taught in Minnesota before coming back to Iowa to teach. This is my 13th year teaching music at G-R and I really enjoy it. I enjoy walking, golfing, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with my three daughters and my family.
I grew up in Des Moines and graduated from Urbandale High School (1976). I attended Simpson College and graduated in 1980. Diane and I are proud parents of two GR graduates, Allison and Ryan. We are proud of our grandkids and enjoy every minute we can spend with them. I have taught a variety of Social Studies and Computer subjects while at Glidden-Ralston. Some of my interests and hobbies are collecting baseball cards and working with computers. I love watching the History and Discovery Channel. I believe that Glidden-Ralston is one of the best schools a child can attend and come out with a quality educational experience. Update: I have retired but back to working part time.
I grew up in Iowa City and graduated from City High School. I attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with a double major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I am married to my husband, Dirk, who is a high school social studies teacher at Carroll High. We live in Carroll with our three children and two mini dachshunds. My favorite grade to teach is kindergarten and I feel so fortunate to spend my days teaching young children. In my spare time I love to read, and spend time with family and friends.
I grew up in Northeast Iowa in the small time of Sumner. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with my Bachelors's degree in Social Science Education.I than earned my Master's degree in school leadership from Drake University. I taught for one year in Anthon-Oto Schools and twenty-one years as a high school American History teacher at Carroll High School. I was the head baseball coach at Carroll High for 18 years before becoming the Principal here at Glidden-Ralston. I met my wonderful wife Beth while in college at UNI and we have been married for 21 years. We have three children, Noelle, Emma, and Jack. During my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, as well as running or biking.
I grew up in London England, and emigrated to the USA in 1975 with my wife Margaret and 2 daughters, Tracy and Denise. I became a citizen in 1986. We lived in Kansas City, Mo. for 13 yrs, then 6 yrs in Portland, Or. Moved to Carroll in 1992 to be near the grandkids when my wife was diagnosed with cancer. Moved to Glidden in 2000. My oldest grandkids, Wes & Kyle McIntosh, graduated from Glidden-Ralston. I have enjoyed driving the students to events and activities since 2004. In my spare time I like birding, hiking and photography.
I was born and raised in Audubon where I graduated from Audubon CSD in 2015. I am a recent graduate of Iowa State University where I completed my bachelors degree in Agricultural Education. At Glidden-Ralston I teach 7,9-12 agriculture, 7-8 general science, and I am the advisor for the Glidden-Ralston FFA Chapter. I have Enjoyed my time in high school and college studying agri-sciences and hope to pass my knowledge and experience on to the students at Glidden-Ralston.
I grew up in Glidden and graduated from Glidden-Ralston in 1983. I live in Ralston with my husband Lynn. We have 2 kids. Jessica is married to Clint Presley and lives in Auburn and Josh lives in Minneapolis. I started working in the kitchen in 2007. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and going for walks with my 2 dogs, Tad and Sasha.
I grew up in Glidden and graduated from Glidden-Ralston. I have been working in the kitchen for 6 years, this being my third year as Head Cook/Food Service Director. I enjoy my work here and the added bonus of seeing my three children every day at lunch. Before starting here I did daycare in my home, which I also loved, so the fact that I also get to interact with children here is great. I am involved with the Music Boosters and FFA Alumni. I enjoy spending time with my children, reading and being outdoors.
Hello! My name is Jessie Wittrock and I was born and raised in Carroll County. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Elementary Education.
I am excited to be a part of the Glidden-Ralston school district. I am looking forward to getting to know my students and working with them throughout the years. I aim to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom each day! I will be there for my students to teach, guide, and support them everyday!
When I am not teaching you can find me spending time with my husband, two beautiful daughters, and our two dogs. We enjoy being outdoors, traveling, tea parties, and watching movies.
I am very proud and excited to be a part of the Glidden-Ralston team.
Let’s meet Kristine Sherman, GR’s new English Teacher. She grew up in Ft Dodge, also lived in England for a while, then moved to Denver, Colorado. She is now back in beautiful Iowa. Kristine attended high school at St Edmond HS in Fort Dodge and graduated from The University of Iowa and Regis University, in Colorado. She has a son who is five years old and attending Kindergarten here at Glidden-Ralston
Outside of school, She enjoys running, cycling, and visiting National Parks in the summertime. One of her favorite places to visit is the Taos Pueblo in Taos, New Mexico, and Santa Fe, the stomping grounds of artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
What would the students be surprised to find out about you? “I have met a few famous people including Lance Armstrong, Wayne Gretzky, JK Rowling, and Stephen Hawking, to name a few.”
What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies? “Books: Life of Pi by Yann Martel; movies: Jiro Dreams of Sushi”
If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share? “Embrace challenges. You won't grow without stumbling along the way.”
How do you think students will remember you and your class? “I hope they will develop an interest in life-long learning!”
What are your must-have smartphone apps? “Facebook, Audible, SkyView, Calm”