B.S. Degree from ISU in agricultural education, emphasis in animal science.
This is my first year of teaching at Central Campus.
I am from the small town of Gilbert, IA. I have been raising cattle since I was 10 years old. During college I worked at the ISU Beef Teaching Farm, did grazing research, and worked for the Iowa Beef Center. Upon graduation I worked for Cargill as a market consultant for farmers and merchant.
B.S., Marine Biology Texas A&M at Galveston (2005)
M.Phil., Biology, City University of New York – Graduate Center (2014)
Ph.D., Biology, City University of New York – Graduate Center (2015)
Marine Biology Instructor, Central Campus (2014 – Present)
Adjunct Lecturer, Laguardia Community College (2014)
Instructor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (2013 – 2014)
Adjunct Lecturer, Brooklyn College (2011 – 2014)
NSF Fellow, Brooklyn Academy of Science and Environment (2011 – 2013)
Conservation Biologist, Save the Nautilus (2011 – Present)
Graduate Research Assistant, Brooklyn College (2010 – 2014)
Fisheries Observer, Alaskan Observers Incorporate (2008 – 2011)
Biologist II, Aquarium at Moody Gardens (2006 – 2008)
Senior Intern, National Resource Center for Cephalopods (2003 – 2008)
Fish Technician I, Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation (2005)
I was born in Katy, Texas but grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve wanted to study the ocean since I was 4 years old and my favorite animal is the giant squid. I attended Texas A&M University at Galveston where I received my B.S. in Marine Biology. During college, I worked with octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and nautiluses at the National Resource Center for Cephalopods. Here, we cultured cephalopods through multiple generations, conducted research projects, and transported these cephalopods all over the world to universities and aquariums. After college, I worked at the Quarantine Facility at The Aquarium at Moody Gardens still in Galveston, Texas. We were responsible for conducting all water quality analyses of the entire aquarium, treating sick fish, performing necropsies, and doing field collections of live animals for display. After Texas, I worked in the Bering Sea for two years collecting fishery information for the federal government to help manage the fisheries and ensure that they are sustainable. I completed my Master’s and Doctoral work at City University of New York – Graduate Center in 2015 studying nearly every aspect of my favorite animal, the chambered nautilus. Particularly, I was interested in their conservation status, natural behaviors, and the learning/memory capabilities of nautiluses during migrations. Since 2011, I have been working with an international team of scientists and policy-makers to assess the current state of nautilus populations in the Indo-Pacific and South Pacific areas. My research has taken me to the Philippines (four times), Australia (two times), Fiji, American Samoa, Papua New Guinea, and even Israel. I have also traveled the country and world presenting our work at professional conferences as well as public outreach events. At Central Campus, I am bringing all of this research experience to the high school student and providing opportunities for each student to learn about the research process and actually assist in different aspects of it.
Dr. Barord has started a monthly online radio show, the Under The Sea Radio Show as launching a new monthly program on Majestic Aquarium Hour called the Nautilus Hour. This new program will focus on education and conservation efforts for these amazing deep sea animals. Check out his Facebook page and YouTube channel.
BA University of Northern Iowa- Double major in Science and Physical Education with emphasis in Biology/Earth Science
Master’s Degree from Drake University in Effective Teaching/Science emphasis
34 total years with 25 in Des Moines and 8 at Central Campus.
Main areas of experience:
- Earth Science
DMACC, Ford Asset
UNI, Teaching Certificate
Technician, Dewey Ford,
ASE Certified Master Technician
Psychology BS – Iowa State University
Biology MS – Northwestern State University
25 years teaching biological sciences for Des Moines Public Schools
Currently teaching assignments:
- College Anatomy and Physiology (Bio 168/Bio173)
- College Biotechnology (Bio 104/Bio 191)
- College Biological Research in Neurosciences (Bio 922)
- College Biological Research in Paleontology (Bio 900)
- College Introduction to the Human Body (Bio 156)
AA Southern Illinois College in Harrisburg, IL
BS Communication/Broadcasting Union University Jackson TN
MA Mass Communications University of Memphis
Central Campus, Des Moines, IA
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Time Warner Cable/Comcast – Memphis, TN
University of Memphis – Memphis, TN
WPTY ABC24 – Memphis, TN
WBBJ TV-7 – Jackson, TN
Mr. Coleman has 15 years of experience in the broadcasting field. He got his start in local news production in Jackson, TN and worked mainly in the Memphis market as a media specialist for the University of Memphis then as a director, editor and programming coordinator for Time Warner Cable and Comcast. His duties have included directing live events and studio programs; editing commercials, promos and public service announcements as well as training students, production crews and studio volunteers in all aspects of television and video production. Mr. Coleman joined Des Moines Public Schools in the fall of 2008.
B.S. Marine Biology (University of West Florida)
B.A. Communication Studies (University of Iowa)
7 Years: Aquarium Science at Central Campus
Mr. Embree has worked a variety of jobs within the aquatic industry including: built and managed an all salt water aquarium store in Florida, built and owned a clownfish hatchery, owned a successful aquarium maintenance company in Des Moines, worked as an Environmental Specialist in the Water Facilities division of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, worked as an Aquarist at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, and he was the Senior Aquarist at Blank Park Zoo for six years before volunteering with the aquarium design work of the new Marine Sciences facility at Central Campus.
B.A. Health Education – University of Northern Iowa 2000
Minor in Coaching
Des Moines Public Schools, Teaching COH 10+ years
- 5 yrs located at Iowa Methodist Medical Center
- 8+ yrs located at Central Campus
B.A. – Industrial Technology Education; University of Northern Iowa; Cedar Falls, IA
M.A.E – Principalship; University of Northern Iowa; Cedar Falls, IA
Meredith Middle Schools; Des Moines, IA
Prairie High School; Cedar Rapids, IA
East High School; Des Moines, IA
Winterset JH & HS; Winterset, IA
Central Campus; Des Moines, IA
Residential Construction; Independent Contractor
Commercial Construction; Woodruff Construction; Fort Dodge, IA
Sales/Management/Design; Home Depot USA, Inc.
Mr. Gadbury is in his 15th year as an Industrial Technology teacher, and fourth year at Central Campus. As a teacher, Mr. Gadbury has taught subjects such as Woodworking, Metalworking, Computer Aided Drafting/Design (CADD), Computer Aided Machining (CAM), Electricity/Electronics, Automotive Maintenance, Graphic Design, Software Design & Gaming, and Engineering. He also has coached track, football, and rugby at the middle school and high school levels.
Mr. Gadbury has over 20 years of construction and design experience from various roles in industry. His experiences in the commercial construction industry include working on projects in the Fort Dodge area such as the Army Reserve Center and current Hy-Vee store. His residential construction experiences include new home building in Calhoun County, as well as all aspects of remodeling residential structures in various locations throughout Iowa. During a long career with Home Depot, Mr. Gadbury worked as a sales associate, specialty sales, and as management. He designed kitchens, baths, decks, garages, pole buildings and performed take-offs from blueprints for contractors.
High School, 2 Years Des Moines Area Community College (Associate Applied Science Degree), ASE Certified Master Technician, Honda Master Technician UNI provisional teaching certificate.
Des Moines Central Campus
Honda technician, including 9 years as a Team Leader (co-shop foreman) 9.5 years operating my own auto repair shop.
Wartburg College – B.A., Secondary Education (Speech, Theatre, Journalism, English)
Univ. of N. Carolina (Chapel Hill) – M.Ed. (Educational Psychology)
New Hartford, IA – HS language arts – 4 Years
Chapel Hill, NC – MS language arts – 4 years
Kenosha, WI – HS language arts – 9 years
SE Polk Schools – HS language arts – 13 years
SE Polk Schools – Teacher Academy – 5 years
1986-1988—Bauder Fashion College, Dallas, TX—AAS Degree in Fashion Design
1998—Career & Technical Teaching License—Iowa State University
2008-2011—BS degree in Business—William Penn University
1998-Present—Fashion Design Merchandising Instructor, Central Campus
1988-1990—Worked as an Associate Buyer for Younkers Department Store
1990-1993—Worked as Accessory Rep for Liz Claiborne, Inc.
1993-1998—Home with small children
2008-Present—Owner, Sole Proprietor of TH Designs Dance Costumes
Award winning Custom Competition Dance Costumes
DeVry University – Bachelor of Science – Electronic Engineering Technology
Grand View University – Bachelor of Arts – Computer Science (Algorithm Development) & Computer Science (Numerical Computation)
University of Texas Arlington – Education & Mathematics
- Central Campus, Des Moines, Iowa (1997 – present)
- Hoover High School, Des Moines, Iowa (1996-1997)
- Travis Middle School, Irving Texas (1993-1996)
Technology Development Corporation, Arlington, Texas: Test Engineer
Designed and developed computer algorithms to test the electronics for the Air Force B1-B
United Technologies – Mostek, Carrollton, Texas: Engineering Technician
Repaired and maintained all semiconductor manufacturing and test equipment
BA from Iowa State University
Major – Speech Communication Education
Minor – Vocal Music
MA from University of Northern Iowa
Speech Communication Education
Teaching at the two-year college
Central Campus – Advanced Broadcasting and Film
ICCC- 2007 to present – early bird instructor – Broadcasting Coursework
DMACC – 2000 to present – adjunct instructor – Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Speech
Hoover High School – Speech, Forensics, Radio/TV/Film, Debate Coach, Drama Assistant, Public Address Announcer
Color Commentator – KIWA – Sheldon, IA – high school wrestling
Freelance Actor – Copeland Creative Talent – commercial/industrial video
Mr. Johnson started his career with the Des Moines Public Schools in the spring of 1992 as a student teacher in the Hoover Speech and Drama Department. His duties over the years have included play director, speech and debate coach, youth wrestling, and public address announcer. His introduction to the broadcasting industry dates back to 1987 when “the new” local sports announcer at KIWA FM admittedly didn’t know anything about high school wrestling. So Mr. Johnson, fresh off of a knee injury, was asked to join him up in the booth. Now a resident of Des Moines, Mr. Johnson continues to do freelance work in the industry as talent for industrial videos and local commercials.
BS in Secondary Education with endorsements in English, Rhetoric, & Theatre
BA in English, Drake University
MSE in Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Development, Drake University
Instructor: Speech, English, ELL English, North High School, Des Moines Public Schools, Instructor: Speech & Drama, Hip-Hop: Rhetoric & Rhyme, Warren G. Harding Middle School, Des Moines Public Schools
Founder, RunDSM (RunDSM.org)
Emily Lang is a teacher and Urban Arts Coordinator in Des Moines Public Schools, and co-founder of RunDSM, a for-youth, by-youth organization focused on urban arts and youth activism. She grew up performing on the stages of the Oskaloosa Community Theater, and entered the field of education with a strong desire to work with young women and help them find their worth. “I believe in leading with love and providing youth safe and brave spaces to share their truth.”
Young Professionals Connection and DM Juice 2015 Creative of the Year
Des Moines Technical High School
31 years – 27 years as a Home Remodeling instructor and 4 years as Home Building Instructor.
Worked at Tony Lisac Construction, Carpenter for Des Moines Science Center, Carpenter for Drake University Real Estate Department. Member Green Building Council-Iowa Chapter, Member of Center on Sustainable Communities
B.S. Degree Iowa State University – Agricultural Education
Twenty five years of teaching Ag-Ed, FFA, and Science classes
Born and raised on a traditional Iowa farm. Owner and operator of a 750 acre corn and soybean farm. I also own a 150 hd cow-calf—feeder to finish operation.
After graduating from Lincoln High School and completing the Automotive Program at Central Campus, I received my Associate of Applied Science Degree from Des Moines Area Community College and became a graduate of the first Ford Automotive Student Services Educational Training (ASSET) Program offered in the state of Iowa. I am currently a Ford Master Certified and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Certified Technician.
When I was 12 years old I started working at a Standard gas station down the street from my house completing odd jobs. After graduating high school, I began my technician career at Dewey Ford repairing just about anything. I spent 15 years doing Drivability, Engine and Driveline, Electrical, Suspension / Steering and Brake repairs.
My teaching career began while I was a technician at Dewey Ford. Two years after graduating from the ASSET Program, I began mentoring college students participating in internships. After several years, I began mentoring Automotive Youth Education System (AYES) high school students from Central Campus. In 2001, I became the Engine Repair and Engine Performance instructor and in 2008, I became the Director of the Automotive Program.
UNI 2001-BMe in K-12 Instrumental Music
University of St Marys-2007-Masters of Teaching
Sam Oppel is a former band director having taught in Decorah, IA and Carlisle, IA. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa IN 2001 with a BME in K-12 instrumental music. He received his masters in Teaching with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction in 2007 from the University of Saint Mary. He has worked part time at the Apple Store Jordan Creek where he conducted device and operating system workshops and trainings. In 2010, Sam decided to pursue his passion for educational technology and became a teacher for AEA PD Online. He has developed courses for teacher professional development and graduate credit. His courses include: iPods & iPads for the Classroom; Introduction to Google Apps; iMovie, iPhoto, & GarageBand in the Classroom; The Global Classroom; Introduction to Preparing and Teaching in a 1:1 Environment; Formative Assessment With and Without Technology; Pinterest in the Classroom.
In 2010, Sam also became the technology director for Cherokee Community School District. Sam then joined PCM Community School District as the District Technology Teaching and Learning Facilitator. At PCM, Mr. Oppel developed and proposed seamless second 1:1 initiative with an $800,000 budget to PCM Board,established and led PCM technology committee to oversee technology in the district, directed professional development initiatives such as TICL to establish a system for teachers to train and support one another in technology integration at PCM, led alignment of PCM technology curriculum to the Iowa Core, created and implemented middle school technology curriculum, created HyperStream PCM technology club from STEM grants, wrote successful applications for over $30,000 in grants for district technology use at PCM, established diverse IT department at PCM responsible for in-house repairs resulting in savings exceeding $10,000 annually, and redesigned PCM website to be more automated, user friendly, and integrated with Google Apps. Sam is highly motivated to give students at Central Campus the best instruction and foundation of skills to help them achieve excellence in a career in technology!
Peru State College
Central Campus, Des Moines, IA
Essman/Associates Des Moines, IA
Strategic America, Des Moines, IA
Starter Galt, Cedar Rapids, IA
Nutmeg Mills, Tampa, FL
BA in History with concentration in Education, Indiana University
MA in Secondary Education Curriculum & Instruction, The University of Alabama
World History & Sign Language, Bradenton Academy,
Graduate Assistant: University of Alabama College of Education,
American History, Hip-Hop: A Look Into Social Roles, Interpretations and Expectations, Woodward Academy, Literacy, Government, and Hip-Hop: Rhetoric & Rhyme, Warren G. Harding Middle School
Founder, RunDSM (RunDSM.org)
Kristopher Rollins is the Des Moines Public School’s Urban Arts Coordinator, co-founder of RunDSM, and co-facilitator of the Urban Leadership program at Central Campus. He is passionate about the power of literacy with regards to helping marginalized youth reclaim their voices and futures by providing them safe and brave spaces to be heard. Furthermore, his goal is to continue establishing a feeder pattern for hip-hop arts within the public school system in order to engage populations previously underserved.
27 Years teaching experience
Des Moines Technical High School- Studied Auto Collision
University of Northern Iowa, Education and Economics majors
State of Iowa Teaching License
ASE Certified Master Collision repair and refinish technician
ASE Certified Collision repair estimator
Sikkens automotive bonding certification
DuPont Refinish “New Products” classes
Blocher Body Service, Combination technician
Summer employment at various collision repair facilities
ISU – Early Childhood Education with Special Ed
ISU – Guidance Counseling
Upper Iowa University – Reading
ISU – Family Consumer Science
Seoul, Korea – Kindergarten – 12 years
DMPS – Counselor – 10 years
DMPS – Early Childhood Careers – 6 years
BA Visual Arts in Graphic Design and Fine Art Drawing, Grand View University
Teaching Certification, Iowa State University
Web Page Design, 5 years, Central Campus
Commercial Photography, 7 years, Central Campus
Photographer & Graphic Artist, Drake University for 12 years. Ran a black and white darkroom and produced graphic materials for events on campus, faculty research and university programs. Freelance as a photographer, designer and illustrator.
Monica Wilson Cross
B.S. in Business and Public Administration, Drake University
A.O.S. in Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY
Chef-mentor to Central Campus Culinary Program since 2009
Executive Chef & Beverage Director, Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel
Sous Chef, Wakonda Country Club
Des Moines Golf & Country Club
Belvedere Mansion, Staatsburg, NY
Market Basket, Franklin Lakes, NJ
Medinah Country Club, Medinah, IL
Chef John has worked in the hospitality industry since the day of his 16th birthday when he start washing dishes and bussing tables. He has since worked in many facets of the industry and has worked under some of the best chefs in the world.
Marshalltown High School, Marshalltown Iowa
University of Northern Iowa , BA Industrial Education
Johnston High School, Industrial Technology teacher
Central Campus Welding Instructor
Journeyman Ironworker Local 67 Des Moines Iowa
American Welding Society National Teacher of the Year