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Congratulations to Our Teacher-Graduates

 Drake cohort graduates
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.
Congratulations to:
Kacee Arey 
Denise Baird 
Ashley Coffman
Kaylee Cory
Kim Crine
Vanessa Huber
Patrick Hurley
Stephanie Jones
Mallory Kern
Leah Miller 
Emily Schmelzer 
Elizabeth Stromer
Stephanie Templeton
Stacy Vitali 
Evelyn Wandrey
"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.