Kindergarten Nicole Vortherms
My name is Nicole Vortherms. I teach kindergarten at Ashland Ridge Elementary. I have been teaching kindergarten in Ankeny since 2003. Prior to teaching kindergarten, I taught first grade and second grade. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Iowa State University in 1996 and a Master of Science degree in Teaching Effectiveness and Professional Development from Drake University in 2014. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three daughters. I enjoy going for walks, baking, watching my daughters’ sporting events, and cheering for the Cyclones (and now the Hawkeyes – especially the track and field team).
I have a passion for teaching young children. I will provide a safe, caring environment in which your child will grow, learn, and be free to take risks. I will also create a community of learners who work together and respect each other in the classroom. I love seeing the kindergarten children’s excitement for school and learning each year. They grow in so many ways throughout the school year, and I am honored to be a part of that!