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K-5 Technology Integrationist
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Knoxville Community School District
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Lives In

High School: Knoxville, IA
College: Simpson College

Celebrate Church
Knoxville Wellness Coalition
Knoxville Community Prayer Walk
Alumni games Coaches vs. Cancer
Knoxville Little League & coach for youth sports

Working in Marion County
The best part of working for the Knoxville Schools is being able to help create unique opportunities for our students and staff. My position allows me to be able to shine a spotlight on and being able to help tell our school and our community’s story. We have so many amazing things going on in Knoxville and in our schools that it is hard to not be a part of the positive momentum.

Living in Marion County
The best part of living in Marion County is the location and the people. Marion County has several amazing parks and trails, is a short drive away from Des Moines, and offers tons of large city opportunities with a small town feel. The people in Marion County are sec- ond to none. In any place that you visit, the people are warm, welcoming, and very generous. It amazes me how Knoxville constantly shows up for good causes regardless of the topic.

Favorite Place to Relax
Our family loves to hang out at the local parks and sporting complexes. We will meet other families at these locations to let the kids play while the adults socialize. Knoxville has multiple quality parks that are updated/new and very safe.

Career Opportunities
I have had the opportunity to advance my career as an educator in Knoxville by applying for and being awarded a TLC (Teacher Leadership and Compensation) position within the Knoxville Schools. Our family has also benefited from the high quality educational opportunities for our children. We have some of the best teachers, leaders, and staff members in our schools. There are also plenty of opportunities to become educated on community matters through the City of Knoxville Leadership Academy, volunteer groups, com- mittees, or initiatives that exist.

Career Advice to Teens
I would encourage a young teacher or someone considering the education field to invest in their community. If you are willing to be- come more involved in your community, your potential for growth will improve drastically. Growth in the areas of networking oppor- tunities, career advancement, relationships with students and their families, personal relationships, and many other areas will develop through your involvement in your local area.

Class of 2019

Jason Bingham
Production Manager II/Owner/Reserve Police Officer
Pella Corporation/Bingham Cooperative/City of Pleasantville
Tyler Christian
Marion County Engineer
Marion County
Brent Gaulke
Vice President-IT & Operations Manager
Marion County Bank
Dan Huitink
Deputy General Counsel
Vermeer Corporation
Mary Mansfield
Licensed Realtor-Property Manager
Home Realty
Josie McKay
Owner/Photographer, designer/Real Estate Agent
Self-Random Tees/Treasured Portraits/Summit Realty
Tyler Pearson
K-5 Technology Integrationist
Knoxville Community School District
Cathy Struecker
Owner/Yoga & Wellness Professional
Cairn Yoga & Wellness Studio
Kris Van Gent
Owner-Lead BIke Advocate
Iowa Bike Co.
Hannah Vander Veer
Knoxville Chamber of Commerce