Hello. My name is Heather Tragesser and I am the Literacy Leader at Ashland Ridge. I work with students in grades K-4 on developing effective reading strategies. I received my M.S.E. from Drake University in Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Development, Professional Reading Strand K-12. In addition, I graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in psychology and elementary education, and I received a minor in theater arts. My endorsements are in reading and social studies. My teaching career started in Tracy, California, where I taught first grade for 3 years. I taught K-2 Title Reading and 1st grade Reading Recovery in the Des Moines Public School System. This is now my 16th year in the Ankeny School District. I have been at Ashland Ridge since it opened in Ankeny. My husband Joe works for Wellmark Insurance as the Senior Facility Planner. I have a stepson named Luke, a daughter named Ember, and a shih-tzu named Brownie. In my spare time, I enjoy acting and singing in community theater, dancing, and traveling.