I have taught K-5 English Language Learners in Des Moines since 1999. I taught at Brooks/Lucas, Capitol View, Adams, and Cattell before Park Avenue. I love teaching ELLs and getting to know them and their families.
I graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Studio Art and Elementary Education. I earned my Master’s Degree in TESOL (Teacher of English to Speaker of Other Languages) from the University of Northern Iowa.
I have two boys and a Corgi and a cat. My favorite things to do are attend family festivals and Broadway musicals. I also like cooking, shopping and trying new restaurants.
Welcome to music! I am in my third year teaching at Park Avenue Elementary. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in General and Choral Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa. I am fortunate that I get to spend every day at school doing my two favorite things: music, and working with children. In my spare time, I enjoy playing guitar, spending time outdoors and traveling.
I am excited to continue to help students at Park Avenue create and experience music inspired by cultures from all over the world!
Hopes and Dreams: I hope my music students will develop the skills to think creatively as well as grow in confidence. This will help them to succeed in all areas of life. It is also my dream that all students will develop an appreciation for music that lasts a lifetime.
Hello and Hola! My name is Abby Pudenz, or as the students know me, Señora (Sra.) Pudenz. I started teaching at Park Avenue when we first offered curriculum as an International Baccalaureate School – over nine years ago! J I am originally from Iowa City, IA and graduated from Iowa State University with endorsements in ELL and Spanish as a Foreign Language. Before Park Avenue, I taught at two different dual-language schools, one in Marshalltown, IA and one in Palm Beach, Florida. I also taught ELL for two years at a school near Chicago.
I am excited for your child to learn Spanish and about Spanish culture! Please visit my website to learn more about Spanish and for ways to practice at home: http://srapudenz.weebly.com
Mr. David Steinke is in his 9th year as a music educator in the Des Moines Public Schools and his 7th year as Assistant Director of Bands at Roosevelt High School. Duties include co-director of the Roughrider Marching Band as well as Director of the Symphonic Band and Director of Percussion Activities on Des Moines West Side Feeder Pattern System.
Mr. Steinke also serves as Band Director for the Jackson, Jefferson, Howe, Park Avenue and Wright 5th Grade Band Programs.
Originally from Bettendorf, Iowa, Mr. Steinke owns two undergraduate degrees from Iowa State University in Visual Arts and in Music Education as well as a Master’s in Media Design and Educational Technology from Full Sail University. Mr. Steinke is a member of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association and the Percussive Arts Society.
I would like to say a big HELLO to my Park Avenue family!!!!!! After 26 years of teaching Physical Education to south side students I’m now teaching grandchildren. Yes, I’m teaching the children from parents that I taught when they were in elementary school. I’m a product of the Des Moines Public Schools. I started at Moore, then Oak Park, then Madison, then Goodrell for junior high, and I graduated from East High. Drake is where I went for my BA and while I was there I played softball and worked in the Athletic training room. I received my Masters Degree from Viterbo University in 2004.
While at Park Avenue I’ve attended two IB trainings. My level one training was here in Des Moines with many Stowe teachers and my level two training was in California. In California I got to meet 14 other Physical Educators from as far away as Brazil and Hawaii. In my free time I ride my bike and I’ve ridden it across the state of Iowa 29times. I’ve also traveled to Ireland twice. Park Avenue is a great small corner on the south side that I have come to love and I consider myself a south sider now.
IB Trainings: Introduction to the PYP, PYP C3 the Role of Physical Education
Hopes and Dreams: I am hoping that all students learn to love to move and that they see Physical Education as a life long investment.
This will be my fourth amazing year at Park Avenue! I am so excited to be sharing the day with our most awesome students learning about and making art.
I am originally from Eastern Iowa. I attended Iowa State University for Art and Design. After graduating I lived in Michigan and Illinois. In 2008 I returned to Iowa and attended University of Iowa for Art Education. My husband and I moved to Des Moines in 2011. We have a busy 3-year-old son. We spend a lot of our time in the parks around Des Moines, we also travel when possible, and love trying new things.
Hopes and Dreams:
I hope to inspire creativity and imagination in all our students.
Making the PYP Happen
The Role of the Arts
Check out our Art Studio Blog (in progress): http://parkaveart.blogspot.com/
Don’t forget to regularly check your student’s artwork on Artsonia! http://www.artsonia.com/