Mrs. Jennifer Balvanz

Phone: 515-965-9605


Degrees and Certifications:

Early Childhood Education Special Education Endorsement Instructional Strategist I Endorsement Reading Endorsement

Mrs. Jennifer Balvanz

Kindergarten Teacher


Hi, my name is Jennifer Balvanz.  I am a Kindergarten Teacher at Prairie Trail Elementary.  I have been teaching since 2004 and started teaching in Ankeny in 2008.  I received my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Iowa State University.  I have a Master's degree in Elementary Education, as well as Endorsements in Special Education, Reading and my Instructional Strategist I.  I went into teaching for my love for children, but I have found there is nothing more gratifying then to see a child acquire new skills that become the foundation of who they are as a person and provide steps to guide them into their future careers.  Outside of school, I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my husband Joe and our two boys Grady and Brooks.  Our dog Mickey and our cat Max keep us busy.   I love walking, playing volleyball and attending Ankeny Hawk baseball games.  Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little about me.