Laura graduated from Iowa state and has a masters degree from Morningside College. Laura and her husband, Steve live in Urbandale They have 4 adult children. In her free time, Laura enjoys playing golf, taking long walks, and following Iowa State athletics. She has taught multiple grade levels and has also been a reading and math interventionist. This is her 20th year with Des Moines public schools.
Mr. Sondag is in his 8th year teaching and 4th year at Perkins. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2010 with his elementary education degree. He has taught 3rd and 4th grade.
In his free time from school he enjoys doing activities with his wife and children. He enjoys golfing, fishing, being outside, hockey, and anything Iowa Hawkeyes.
Welcome to fifth grade. My name is Jennifer Trout and I think fifth graders are fabulous! I am a proud Panther from the University of Northern Iowa. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. In this classroom students are allowed time to explore their own theories about learning. “We choose how we learn.” We encourage students to talk about strategies they find personally effective. Education should be useful so, I strive to have students actively engaged in real-world applications of the things they are learning.