Book Club is a wonderful opportunity for your student to dive deep into some great literature.  All students read the same book and then we get together to have a lively discussion of the book.  


9th-12th grade Book Club will start the semester with Outcasts United. We will then move on to classic plays Oedipus Rex and All My Sons.  We will finish the year with To Kill a Mockingbird.


Middle School Book club meets twice a month on Fridays.  We will start the year with Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie.  The other selections for the year will be Refugee, The Wednesday Wars, Walk Two Moons, and The Giver.

Middle School Book Club, Grades 6-8, meet from 11:30-1:00 on the following dates:

January 10 & 24

February 7 & 21

March 6 & 27

April 3 & 17



I was born and raised in Des Moines, attending Hoover High School.  I then went on to Drake University, earning my B.F.A in Theatre Education.  Later, I earned my Masters in Education from Viterbo University.  I am certified to teach English, Speech and Drama.


I started my teaching career at East High School teaching Drama.  I then went on to teach English, Speech, and AP Literature and Composition at North High School for 12 years.  While teaching at North, I was an Asst. Drama Director directing plays, coaching events for Speech contest, constructing sets, designing costumes and lights, and more.  I then chose to stay home with my son.  During that time, I started and have continued to work for Cecelia Talley and DramaTykes teaching drama at daycares, preschools, and elementary schools.  


My family and I like to ride bikes, hike, read, decorate our new home, and watch our son participate in sports and the arts.

The ability to communicate effectively is a vital skill and I am proud that is what I get to teach.  Theatre and the communication arts is my passion.  I have been involved in the theatre since I was a child.  Sharing my love for theatre and communication with your children is a thrill.  Thanks so much!

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