Hi! My name is Jean Birks and I am excited to be starting my 20th year teaching. I look forward to my sixth 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 a sophomore and Molly will begin 8th grade. 

I am looking forward to another great year of math at Van Meter!  I also will trade teaching 6th Science.  This will be a fun adventure for sure! Our Middle School is also growing with the addition of new students to the district.  There will certainly be new faces to meet and greet in the hallways.  I can't wait to share our Bulldog Pride!

Much of my summer was spent at the baseball field watching and at the softball field umpiring. Our family was able to get in quite a few holes at Hillcrest Golf Course this summer, along with some couples tournaments. I am looking forward to Bulldog & Iowa Football this fall, along with the success in volleyball and cross country.  Go Bulldogs!!