Hi! My name is Jean Birks and I am excited to be starting my 19th year teaching. I look forward to my fifth 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 freshman and Molly will begin 7th grade. 

I am looking forward to another great year of math at Van Meter!  I also will trade teaching 6th Math for 6th Writing.  This will be a fun adventure for sure! Our Middle School in 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 on the Van Meter baseball and softball fields and I enjoyed umpiring quite a few additional games.  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!!