Welcome to 4th Grade! My name is Mr. Bates, and I’m excited to be your teacher. I grew up in Urbandale. went to ISU, and earned my Master’s Degree from Drake. I have two kids of my own who are also Cyclones. Ryan graduated pre-med, is applying to dental schools, and is working at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames. Brendan is a junior and wants to become a P.E. teacher. I love working with kids at Park Avenue and know that it will be a great year!
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
Hello! My name is Jean Kile. This will be my 26th year in DMPS and I’m so excited to be at Park Ave. on the southside where I was born and raised. I have taught 1st through 8th grades at Lovejoy Elementary, Stowe Elementary, Weeks Middle School and Phillips Elementary. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Upper Iowa University and my Master’s Degree from Drake University.
My husband and I have two beautiful daughters and two beautiful grandbabies! In my free time I love to spend time with my family, cook, bake and read.
“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be” – Rita Pierson
Welcome to 4th grade. This is my 12th year as a teacher in the Des Moines district an 9th year teaching 4th grade. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education/Middle level endorsement from the University of Northern Iowa. I received my Master’s degree in Elementary studies from Morningside College. I feel fortunate to be a part of the staff at Park Avenue as I have made great friendships with the staff and students here. My husband and I have three adult children . I like to cook, read, be creative, and spend time with friends. I am excited to be working with your child this school year!
Hopes and Dreams: My hope is to help my students reach their fullest potential … to develop as confident thinkers, readers, problem solvers, and friends.
“Teaching is not the filling of a pail , but the lighting of a fire. Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself. “