Hi. I’m Mrs. Soukup. I have been teaching for many years. This year will mark twenty-one years in the teaching profession for me. However, it is my fifth year at North Central Junior High. To begin, I graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. My areas of specialization were Language Arts, Speech Communications, and Theatre. Five year later, I continued my education and received my Master’s in Teaching from Coe College. My specialization for this degree was Social Studies. After a few more years of teaching, I decided to continue my education and received a Master’s in Administration from Drake University for PK-12. My area of specialization was Special Education Supervisor for PK-12.
In 1995, I began my teaching career in kindergarten and first grade in the Linn Mar Community Schools. But in 2000, I began teaching in the Iowa City Community Schools at Twain Elementary in fifth and sixth grade. In addition, I taught first grade for a year. Then an opportunity came about and I switched to Penn Elementary and taught first grade. Shortly after, I taught first and second grade at Van Allen Elementary for a couple of years. After finishing my Masters in Administration, I was back at Penn to teach sixth grade. This was great because I had student taught in fourth grade at Penn Elementary when I started my teaching career. In 2011, I came to North Central after three years in sixth grade at Penn. As I stated before, this is my fifth year at North Central Junior High. The various components of language arts are very important to me. As a result, reading and writing and staple pieces of my language arts instruction.