Degrees and Certifications:
Early Childhood Education Special Education Endorsement Instructional Strategist I Endorsement Reading Endorsement
Mrs. Jennifer Balvanz
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.