Social Studies

Stephen Coulter

8th Grade Social Studies

E: Stephen.coulter@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

I have taught 8th grade social studies at Hoyt for many years.  I have lived on the east side of Des Moines for 25 years; both my sons are graduates of East High School. In my spare time, I enjoy collecting glass, hiking, bird watching, and reading.

 

Education

B.S. in History from Iowa State University.

 

Teaching Experience

Lincoln High School: Psychology,  Assistant Debate Coach.

Central Academy: 9th Grade World History

Hoyt Middle School: 8th Grade Social Studies.

 

Suzanne Morecock

Special Education Strategist

E: suzanne.morecock@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

This is my second year at Hoyt Middle School.  This year, I work in the special education program teaching math.   I love to spend my free time reading, scrapbooking, crafting, gardening, equine activities, and family fun.  Many weekends are spent with my daughter at horse shows.

 

Education

B.S. in K-8 Education- Buena Vista College

Certification in Coaching

M.S. Special Educational - Drake University

 

Teaching Experience

Creative Country Day School 1974 – 1975 Pre-School ages 3 and 4.

Westchester Schools 1975 – 1976 Elementary Education Substitute Teacher

PCM Community Schools 1990 – 1993 Substitute Teacher K-12

Colfax/Mingo Community Schools 1990 – 1992 Substitute Teacher K-12

Newton Community Schools 1990 - 1992 Substitute Teacher K-12

Pleasantville Community Schools 1990 - 1992 Substitute Teacher K-12

Southeast Polk Community Schools 1990 – 1992 Substitute Teacher k-12

Knoxville Community Schools 1990 – 1992 Substitute Teacher K-12

Lynnville/Sully Community Schools 1990 – 1992 Substitute Teacher  Elementary

PCM Community Schools 1993 to 2003 High School Special Education Teacher Multi Categorical Level  II Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.

Knoxville Community Schools 2003 -2011 High School Special Education Teacher Multi Categorical Level II, Grades 9, 10, 11,and 12.

Hoyt Middle School 2011-2013: Special Education Level II Math Teacher Grade 6, 7 and 8.

 

 

Links

http://suzannemorecock.weebly.com/

Jane Nady

8th Grade Civics and Language Arts Teacher

E: jane.nady@dmschools.org

Biography

About me:

I have been teaching since 2012 and at Hoyt Middle School since 2016. I teach 8th grade Language Arts and Civics. I am married with three children. We enjoy camping, boating, and horseback riding. We are an active family and love being outdoors. When I have time to myself, I love to read.

Education:

  • BA in education from Central College
  • Reading and Middle School Endorsement with concentration areas of Social Studies and Language Arts from Morningside College

Teaching Experience:

  • 8th Grade Language Arts and Civics at Hoyt Middle School 2016-present
  • 5th Grade at Liberty Elementary Ottumwa School District 2013-2016

Timothy Verdon

6th Grade Global Studies

E: timothy.verdon@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

I moved to Des Moines from my hometown of Davenport in 1985. For the next 2 years I worked as a substitute teacher, along with part time jobs as a psych tech in a local hospital and a residential counselor at an area group home. In 1988 I landed a full time job as a teacher in Des Moines. It was at there that I met the future Mrs. Verdon. We married in 1994, and I have been a husband and step-dad ever since.

I live in Altoona with my wife, Julie, and our Labrador retriever, Shiloh. Our kids are now grown. Nicole, our older child, is a graphic designer living in Des Moines with her husband Nick. Chad, our younger, is a journeyman plumber in Des Moines. We are very proud of both.

My hobbies include canoeing, camping, walking my dogs, playing guitar, and writing silly songs. When I retire in a few years I plan to become the next Taylor Swift!

Education

I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1985 earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education. I have also taken graduate classes at Iowa State University and Drake University.

Teaching Experience

In 1987 I began my career at Harding Middle School and remained there for 22 years. In 2010 I joined the staff at Hoyt Middle School as an 8th grade math, and later, science teacher. In 2015 I moved to the 6th grade team at Hoyt and began teaching Global Studies. So far, I love the energy and curiosity 6th graders bring to the classroom!

 

 

Links

www.mrverdonsclass.weebly.com