Fort Dodge Community School District

Freshman Academy Staff

Matt Elsbecker

Assistant Principal

Mr. Elsbecker has been an educator for more than 25 years, with over six years of experience in administration. Beginning with the 2019-20 school year Mr. Elsbecker will serve as an assistant principal at FDSH. Prior to becoming an assistant principal, he worked from 2013-19 as the 7-12 grade athletic/activities...

Sydney Beck

Freshmen Counselor

Favorite Quote: "Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it." - Albert Einstein Ms. Beck graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Secondary Education focusing on social sciences and math in 2013. She continued her education at Buena Vista...

Corey Moody

Case Manager/Mentoring Coordinator

Favorite Quotes: "It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot and "You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them." - Michael Jordan Mr. Moody received his Associate of Arts degree from Iowa Central Community College. He then completed his...

Jill Powell

English/Reading Instructor

Favorite Quote: "The more you read the more things you'll know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss Ms. Powell received her Associate Arts degree from Iowa Central Community College. She continued her education at Buena Vista University graduating Magna Cum Laude with a...

Lisa Stansfield

English Instructor

Favorite Quote: "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul" - Emily Dickinson Ms. Stansfield received her BA in Elementary Education with a minor in English from MidAmerica Nazarene University. She continued her education at Wichita State University earning her ME in Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Stansfield...

Cheryl Runestad

English Instructor

Favorite Quote: "A Reader lives a thousand lives before he dies ... The man who never reads lives only one." - Martin Ms. Runestad received her B.S. in Communication Disorders from Iowa State University and her Masters in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. Currently, she is working on a...

Julie Mann

Special Education Instructor

Favorite Quote: “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Mrs. Mann has been an educator for 26 years, with experience in the classroom as well as school administration. Her career adventure has led her to work...

William Foval

Math Instructor

Favorite Quote: "Inclusion is not simply about physical proximity. It is about intentionally planning for the success of all students." Mr. Foval received a bachelor's degree with a double major in mathematics and secondary education from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, in 2006. He will began work toward his...

Josh Smith

Math Instructor

Favorite Quote: "To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you." Mr. Smith has a bachelor's degree in mathematics teaching from the University of Northern Iowa. He also received a master's degree in Educational Administration from Fort Hays State University....

Keresten Bobby

Science Instructor

Favorite Quote: “Be somebody who makes every body feel like a somebody." Ms. Bobby is a first year teacher. She teaches Integrated Science in the Freshman Academy at FDSH and also teaches Biology. She graduated with a BS in Biology from Iowa State University and a Master of Arts in...

Lauren Winter

Science Instructor

Favorite Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya AngelouMrs. Winter is entering her third year of teaching. During her first year, she taught 6th grade science at George Washington Carver...

Dan Adams

Social Studies Instructor

Favorite Quote: "In life, true joy comes from being fully present in each and every moment and not just when things are going your way." Mr. Adams received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa in 2000. He also received a Master of Arts from UNI in...

Brandon Daniels

Social Studies Instructor

Mr. Daniels received his BA in History Education with a minor in Political Science from Iowa State University in the spring of 2018. He began his teaching career teaching World Studies at FDSH in the fall of 2018. He is an assistant soccer coach for the Dodgers. Mr. Daniels was...

Shawn Sande

Instructional Strategist I

Favorite Quote: “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” Paul Brandt Shawn Sande has been a teacher for 19 years. Before becoming part of Fort Dodge Senior High, she taught and ran Happy Face Preschool in Rockwell City for a year. Mrs. Sande...

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