Hi! My name is Jean Birks and I am excited to be starting my 18th year teaching. I look forward to my fourth year here at Van Meter.  I am originally from Carroll and graduated from Kuemper High School and Buena Vista University. My husband Jay and I have two children;  Taylor will be in 8th grade and Molly will begin 6th grade. 

I am looking forward to another great year of math at Van Meter!  The students really showed a lot of growth last year and I cannot wait to see what they can do this year.  There will continue to be some classes where I get to co-teach with other teachers, which is always a win-win for the students!  I also can't wait to take advantage of the new facilities!  Everything looks GREAT and we can't wait to get into the new gym!

Much of my summer was spent on the Van Meter baseball and softball fields and I enjoyed umpiring behind the plate for many of those games.  I started my first year as a certified high school umpire and very much enjoyed taking on those games as well!  I am looking forward to Bulldog & Iowa Football this fall.   My family and I have enjoyed our experience in Van Meter thus far and are excited to add to the successes our school has to offer.  Go Bulldogs!!