5th Grade

Tracey Gibson

5th Grade Teacher

P: 515-242-8429 | E: tracey.gibson@dmschools.org

Cassidy Lang

5th Grade Teacher

E: cassidy.lang@dmschools.org


Hello! My name is Cassidy Lang.  I am excited to be teaching 5th grade at Park Avenue! I am originally from Rockford, Illinois.  I went to school at University of Northern Iowa.  I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Instructional Strategist.  I also graduated with my Master for Arts of Education from Viterbo University.

This is my seventh year in the teaching profession. However, this is my third year at Park Avenue. You may know me from seeing me in the halls or visiting in my class. In the past I taught 3rd grade for two years and special education for four years. Before teaching at Park Avenue, I taught in Cedar Falls and Ankeny.

I am excited to be back in the classroom and to join the fifth grade team. Mrs. Klinker, Mr. Richer, and I are excited to work together to make this year an exciting celebration for you while learning, researching, and creating your exhibition project!

Hopes and Dreams: I hope to give my students the support they need to feel confident in themselves.  I hope to challenge my students and provide them with rewarding experiences to help them to succeed in their futures.  I want to make learning exciting, fun, and valuable for my new classroom friends and families.

Jeff Richer

5th Grade Teacher

E: jeffrey.richer@dmschools.org


College(s) attended:  Iowa State University

Highest Degree Earned:  Bachelors – Elementary Education


Endorsement(s):  K-6  Spanish, Athletic Coach

IB Training(s):  Collaborative Planning, Reading and Writing Through Inquiry


Years of Experience: 14

Years at Park Avenue:  4


Original Hometown:  West Des Moines, Iowa

High School Attended:  Valley High School