Hi Park Avenue Families! My name is Melanie Bandow and this is my third year of teaching at Park Avenue Elementary. I graduated from The University of Iowa with a BA in Hearing Sciences and Disorders. While working at Heartland Area Education Agency in speech therapy, I received my BA in Elementary Education. Currently, I am pursuing my masters at Drake University. In my spare time, I love being with my family and dog outdoors.
“The giving of love is an education in itself.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Welcome to First Grade! My name is Mrs. Beth Thede. I have been in the education field for 42 years. I have taught preschool, kindergarten and first grade. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Graceland University. I spend my free time with my family which includes my husband, two daughters and their husbands and of course my five beautiful grandchildren. I want students in my classroom to look forward to an engaging, challenging and fun year of learning!
Hello Park Avenue families, welcome to first grade! My name is Abigail Tran and this is my first year at Park Avenue. It is my fifth year of teaching and my third year in the Des Moines Public Schools district. I was born in Des Moines and graduated from North High School. After high school I earned a degree in Early Childhood Education, a Minor in Learning Technologies, and a Reading Endorsement from Iowa State University. Currently I am working on my masters at Drake University. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, riding my bike, and spending time outside. I am excited for this school year!
“Don’t follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail.” -Ruby Bridges