FARNHAMVILLE — Tina Kastendieck, the new principal of Southeast Valley Elementary School, strongly thinks that discovering and exciting go hand in hand.
So it helps make sense that her motto for the 2021 university calendar year is, “We are heading to have pleasurable studying due to the fact understanding is pleasurable.”
Kastendieck previously served as the dean of students and an tutorial coach at SEV Middle College. She replaces Jim Duncan as elementary principal. Duncan is now doing the job at the center university as the dean of learners.
“We switched work opportunities,” said Kastendieck, a Fort Dodge Senior Significant graduate.
Kastendieck has a extensive vary of experiences at SEV universities. She has taught kindergarten, to start with grade and Proficient and Gifted. She also taught at the substantial college. Then, she grew to become assistant principal at the elementary school prior to becoming the dean of learners at the center university.
“I truly love each and every developing in both districts,” Kastendieck stated. “I have labored in each making in Southeast and Praire Valley. Coming back again to the place exactly where I begun, which would be the elementary in Farnhamville, is just remarkable. And coming back as the principal, I like the thought simply because I truly really like to aid lecturers with whatsoever it requires for them to be the very best source for kids to learn.”
Viewing pupils develop and later on uncover a career path that satisfies them reveals the worth of schooling.
“It’s great to have the knowledge to see what children have to have to know in every amount of instruction and how what you started out in the elementary grades with reading stategies can do the job at the center faculty or even significant university if you have to have them to,” Kastendieck reported. “You see them mature and go on to positions and university and just reinforces how critical instruction is.”
Kastendieck, who also goes by Ms. K, was encouraged to turn out to be a instructor right after her working experience at St. Paul Lutheran University in Fort Dodge.
“I went to parochial college and I experienced a principal and a couple of academics that were so superb,” Kastendieck said. “They believed I should be a instructor and I stored saying no, but then I considered I would not thoughts being like them.”
Kastendieck retains a bachelor’s diploma in elementary instruction and artwork from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. She holds a master’s diploma in faculty administration from the College of Iowa in Iowa Town.
Kastendieck desires to inspire and encourage future learners to think about a profession in schooling considerably like her lecturers encouraged her.
“I’m hoping in my placement as a instructor and principal to affect learners I know that would be fantastic academics since it is so significant to have superior instructors to motivate learners to understand,” she explained.
The elementary university enrolls about 240 college students, from 4-calendar year-aged preschool to fourth grade.
Reading is one talent that Kastendieck sites terrific emphasis on. Viewing pupils develop into superior viewers is a single of the ideal joys in instruction, she claimed.
“I consider the most impactful issue for me is when I have been in a position to function with college students who were having difficulties with studying and all the unexpected they got it,” she explained. “They figured out the term or what the tale was about. When little ones make connections to their studying and they really like it and it’s fun. And then they question for another reserve.”
She’s seeking ahead to performing doing the job with new and professional instructors alike.
“I am psyched to be back again in a faculty that I taught in and to function with employees that are new and the kinds that have extra encounter,” she said.
Kastendieck ideas to persuade academics to show their adore of reading to learners.
“We will be working on PLCs (Profesisonal Studying Communities) for the instructors,” she mentioned. That is something we have finished just before and we are just likely to continue doing work on that. I am seriously encouraging teachers to get down on the kids’ amount and engage in with them. Kids discover as a result of perform and when the instructors are owning exciting, it assists them master quicker. Obtaining children that really like to study — which is so crucial. Exhibiting the enjoy of reading through by displaying that teachers adore to browse and how enjoyable it is to go through publications.”
Kastendieck claimed she’s also hunting ahead to performing with the new principal at the Dayton elementary school — Chelsey Danielson.
“We have two people today operating together toward the identical objective and would make it a great deal of exciting,” Kastendieck stated.