8th Grade English – Teri Siembieda
I believe in excellence in Catholic education! Since the day I joined the faculty at STCS, I have been in awe of the families, staff, and community who work tirelessly to give our students the best tools for the future. As a teacher, I love coming to work and having a front row seat to my student’s growth socially, academically, and emotionally. The kids are an honor to teach and life is Middle School is really fun, too.
I am a product of 16+ years of learning and growing under the loving eyes of my Catholic School educators. I grew up in Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverdale and graduated from eighth grade knowing I wanted to teach in a Catholic School in DSM. I graduated from Dowling (Go Maroons!) and went to Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota graduating with a BA in English and Literature plus my teaching endorsement. In 2000, I returned to Drake University to completed my Iowa Talented and Gifted certification.
My husband Steve and I have been married for 25 years and we have three daughters who make life a blast! In addition to making memories as a family, I love to take photographs, sit on the beach with a good book, and travel with my husband. Saint Theresa is such a big part of my life—mostly because it is hard not to love a place where learning and laughing go hand-in-hand.
6th/7th Grade English – Katie White
I was born & raised in Norwalk, attended Christ the King School, and graduated from Dowling Catholic. I received my Bachelor of Arts in English—Secondary Teaching along with a Coaching minor from the University of Northern Iowa (gooooo Panthers!). Since 2010, I have worked in public, private, and charter schools as a substitute, classroom teacher, small group instructor, and athletic coach for a variety of grade levels in central Iowa, southern Indiana, and Minneapolis.
Working out of state the last 7 years, I was ready to come home to my family. After a program restructure at my previous school, several interviews, moving back to Iowa on faith, and offering up many prayers, a family member’s friend’s mother mentioned that Saint Theresa was seeking a middle school Language Arts teacher. God is good all the time! While I’ve never had to “hide” my faith, I love being able to actively share and participate in it with the Saint Theresa community.
Faith Formation – Jane Ann Becicka
I am Jane Ann Becicka, graduate of Creighton University, married to Brian and mother of eight children. I love learning about our Catholic Faith! It is a great joy for me to partner with parents in teaching faith formation to the middle school students of St. Theresa Catholic School.
Math – Chrissy Daggett
I am at STCS for the supportive community and emphasis on learning. I love having the opportunity to work at a school that fosters growth of mind and of faith. It is truly exciting to watch students engage in rich and stimulating activities every day.
I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin where I attended a private Catholic school much like this one. I then moved to Iowa to attend Grand View University. I graduated from Grand View with degrees in Applied Mathematics and Secondary Education. In my free time I love playing sports, reading, and traveling!
Science – Brittany Kinney
I am at STCS because I love the caring and faith centered environment. I enjoy making connections with the middle school students and other teachers. Each day is a new adventure and I never know what I’m going to learn from the students.
I am from Des Moines and grew up on the Southside. I received my Bachelor’s degree in biology from Iowa State University and my Master’s degree in education from Drake University. I love traveling and scuba diving when I can find the time. My favorite trip was when I went to Poland for World Youth Day 2016.
Social Studies – Megan Willard
I am a teacher at STCS because of the schools enthusiasm for education, the environment, and the community. Every day the students come into the building excited about what they are going to be learn and try. Teachers collaborate to create cross curricular lesson plans to reach every child’s learning style. The classroom environments are always warm and welcoming. The students put their faith into practice by being respectful to one another and have the courage to try new things. STCS is always finding new ways to reach out to the community. This is something all students benefit from because it helps teach them to become active citizens.
I moved here from Illinois to become a teacher at St. Theresa Catholic School. As soon as I walked into the building it felt like home and I knew it was meant to be. I graduated from St. Ambrose University in 2015, with a Secondary Education degree in American History and World History. When I am not teaching I am traveling to different places in America to visit historical sites or zoos!