Hello! My name is Ben Bates and I am excited to teach 4th Grade at Park Ave. Elementary. I taught fifth grade before joining my new team in the lower grade level. Before joining Des Moines Schools, I taught in Ankeny, Urbandale, and Tracy, California. All of my teaching experiences have been between 2nd -5th grades. I grew up nearby in Urbandale and graduated from West Des Moines Dowling. After high school, I went to ISU and still have fun following the Cyclones. I have two kids of my own named Ryan and Brendan. We have a lot of fun watching sports, traveling to Northern Minnesota, and grilling out. I know it will be a great year!
Welcome. This is my 6th year as a full-time teacher and 5th 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 Masters degree in Elementary studies from Morningside College. I feel fortunate to be teaching at Park Avenue as I have made great friendships with the staff and students here. My husband and I have three children which keep us busy with all of their different activities. 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.
Welcome! I am Mrs. Cooper and this is my 14th year teaching at Park Avenue. I have experience teaching Special Education, 4th and 5th grades. I have a BA from Grand View University, with a Minor in Psychology. I have also acquired an endorsement in Special Education and Reading from Grand View University. In 2011, I earned my Master’s degree from Drake University, in Education Leadership. I have taught 4th grade for over 9 years now. I am excited to begin our new school year and look forward to working with my upcoming class of students!
IB Training(s): Introduction to the PYP, Exhibition.