Related Arts

Diana Hecht-Gahman

Orchestra Director

P: 515-242-8429 | E: diana.hecht-gahman@dmschools.org

Macee Hurt

Library Associate

P: 515-242-8429 | E: macee.hurt@dmschools.org

Chloe Murphy

Music Teacher

P: 515-242-8429 | E: chloe.murphy@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

Abby Pudenz

Spanish Teacher

E: abby.pudenz@dmschools.org

Biography

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

Links

http://srapudenz.weebly.com

Lois Selby

Piano Teacher

P: 515-242-8429 | E: lois.selby@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello! I have taught piano lessons for 25 years, 22 years in the Des Moines schools. I teach private piano lessons at Park Avenue for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The lessons are 30 minutes once a week during the day at school. There is a cost for the lessons. I'm not paid by the school district. Playing the piano is a good foundation before playing a band or string instrument and also for singing. Please email me if you have any questions. Signup sheets will be with Ms. Murphy, the music teacher, and also in the main office. I hope your student will consider piano lessons! They'll get to play some fun songs!

 

David Steinke

Band Director

P: 515-242-8429 | E: david.steinke@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

Laura Steward

Physical Education

P: 515-*242-8429 | E: laura.hildreth@dmschools.org

Class Description

GYM SHORTS – (NOTES FROM THE GYM)

 

Dear Parents of Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Students,

 

I would like to remind all parents to take special notice of their child’s Physical Education class days. Students need to come to Physical Education class dressed in comfortable, active clothing and appropriate shoes.  Shirts that expose the stomach or pants that hang below the waist showing under garments are not acceptable.  We do many outside activities so your child needs to be dressed and ready to participate in the activities of the day.

 

Your student’s  P.E. schedule is listed below.

 

Anderson         Rohde        Weilt                  Benson         King

Monday          Tuesday            Monday              Monday            Tuesday

Wednesday    Friday              Thursday             Thursday          Friday

 

Thede               Fix-Schmidt     Hampton             Martin                                        Tuesday           Tuesday                 Monday               Thursday

Friday              Thursday               Thursday              Friday

 

Your student is assessed on following directions and participating appropriately.  The curriculum in the lower unit is based on large motor skill development; skipping, galloping, hopping on one and two feet, throwing over and underhand and catching, to name a few.  Assessments will reflect a

variety of skills and could change from one grading period to the next.

 

Fall Field Day will be held on Friday September 29, 2017 with a rain date the following Thursday, October 5th.  The Fall Field Day is centered on team building activities. Your child’s class will be paired with a class of a different age level so students can meet and become part of the Park Avenue community.

 

Once again students in grades 1-5 will be attending an Iowa Wild Game Thursday November 9th  2017.  I look forward to working with you and all the students at Park Avenue.

 

Thank you,

 

Ms. Steward-Hildreth

 

GYM SHORTS (NOTES FROM THE GYM)

 

Dear Parents of Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Students,

 

I would like to remind all parents to take special notice of their child’s Physical Education class days. Students need to come to Physical Education class dressed in comfortable, active clothing and appropriate shoes.   We do many outside activities, so your child needs to be dressed and ready to participate in the activities of the day.

 

Your student’s PE assessment is based on following directions, dressing appropriately, and participating correctly.  Shirts that expose the stomach, shorts that are too short, or pants that hang below the waist showing under garments are not acceptable.  Your student is required to record their Fitness Tests results on their Fitness Card, which is a large part of their grade.  I will begin to monitor their dress starting Monday, September 11th 2017.

 

Gibson         Lang       Richer             Bates

Tuesday        Tuesday               Wednesday       Monday                                       Wednesday        Friday                Thursday            Thursday

 

Cooper              Pentico            Crossett     Dawson      Nelson

Monday            Monday        Monday          Thursday       Tuesday

Wednesday      Wednesday        Friday              Friday           Friday

 

 

Fall Field Day will be held on Friday September 29, 2017 with a rain date the following week Thursday, October 5th 2017.  The Fall Field Day is centered on team building activities. Your child’s class will be paired with a class of a different age level so students can meet and become part of the Park Avenue community.

 

Once again this year, student in grades 1-5 will be attending an Iowa Wild Hockey game on Thursday November 9th.  I look forward to working with you and all the students at Park Avenue.

 

Thank you,

 

Ms. Steward-Hildreth

 

 

Biography

Biography
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.

 

Jennifer Warner-Blankenship

Art Teacher

P: 515-242-8429 | E: jennifer.warnerblankenship@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

About Me:

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.

IB Trainings:

Making the PYP Happen

The Role of the Arts

 

 

Links

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/