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Teacher Leadership

201819TeacherLeadersTeacher Leaders work to increase learning for all students by strengthening teaching practices through job-embedded professional development.

Ames Community School District received a grant to launch its teacher leadership plan through Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation System. The system is designed to tap into the expertise of top teachers to improve classroom instruction, raise student achievement, attract and retain more effective teachers, and reward teachers for extra responsibilities. The 2015-16 school term was the inaugural year for the fully-funded and fully-staffed plan, however, Ames has long been ahead of the state’s education reform in providing instruction that meets students’ individual needs and in creating ways for teachers to collaborate. The grant gives the District more resources and opportunities to support its vision and goals.


Teachers on Special Assignment

Vonda Junck
Mentoring & Induction, World Languages, Career & Technical Education
Fax: 515-268-6611
Mary Morton
Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, PE, TTLs
Fax: 515-268-6611

Nicole Kuhns
Extended Learning Program
Fax: 515-817-0637

Shaeley Santiago
English Language Learners
Fax: 515.268-6611

Other Teacher Leaders

Learning Leads


Johanna Hicks


Karen Tungesvick


Aaron Bahr


Karen Klotzbach


Kelsey Harris


 Katelin Trautmann

Ames Middle School

Sarah Davison (Technology)
Erik Ringsby
Breanna Van Dyke

Ames High School

MIchelle Fuqua
Melissa Carlson

English Language Learners

Shaeley Santiago

Behavior Intervention Coaches

Laura Ballantine
Audra Watson


Mentors* & Model Teachers

Site Based Council


Nichole McCrady*
Alicia Ortner*
Lori Olson*


Terri Boeding-Lincoln*
Laura Clausen*
Lisa Grote


Andrea Mattingly*
Ashlie Morgan*
Angie Miller*

Jen Brekke

Ondrea Dellmann*
Kelly Morken*


Charlyn Mason*


Heather Briggs*
Genya Coffey

Ames Middle School

Robert Alden
Tonja Goodwin*
Sara Knutson*
Spencer Esslinger*
Robyn Reisetter
Deani Thomas*
Cappie Dobyns

Rob Kain
Ames High School

James Webb
John Crall*
Ginny Seibert*
Leah Stearns
Stacy Dobernecker*
Mike Todd*
Collin Reichert*
Ben Matthies
Cynthia Gillette
Missy Carlson

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