ANKENY, Iowa (May 19, 2016) - Ankeny Schools’ Teaching and Learning Department, in partnership with Drake University, provided a unique master’s cohort program for Ankeny educators. A group of 15 teachers began the program in the summer of 2014 and graduated on May 15, 2016 with a Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Development (TEPD) Master's of Science Degree in Education. The degree is specifically tailored to the instructional goals of the Ankeny Community School District and is designed to enhance teaching and learning.
"Learning has always been a passionate goal in my life. The cohort program between Ankeny Community School District and Drake University has allowed me the opportunity to reach this significant goal," said PJ Hurley, special education teacher at Terrace Elementary. "As a graduate student enrolled in this cohort, I have acquired various teaching strategies needed to develop as a special education teacher and feel more confident to meet the needs of all my current and future elementary students."
"The cohort allowed me to achieve my goal of earning a master’s degree while also supporting the Ankeny School District and building
goals," said Evelyn Wandrey, life science teacher at Prairie Ridge Middle School. "I feel confident that what we were
learning from our graduate classes and incorporating into our own classrooms
directly benefits our students.
Ankeny Community Schools is unified in its commitment, passion, and vision so every learner is prepared to achieve a lifetime of personal success.
Ankeny Community School District does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, military affiliation, socioeconomic status, or familial status. Inquiries or grievances may be directed to Jenifer Owenson, Chief Human Resources Officer, 306 SW School Street, P.O. Box 189, Ankeny, IA, 50021-0189, (515) 965-9600, firstname.lastname@example.org; or to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60661.