(641) 637-4187 2163 135th Street, New Sharon, IA 50207
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Fifth & Sixth Grade

Our Mission

Using a teamwork approach, our 5th & 6th Grade classrooms here at North Mahaska work together to achieve a sense of community. Together the 5th & 6th grade teaching staff meets each morning to go over daily goals, review expectations and ensure that a positive atmosphere is created for all individuals. By supporting and respecting each other, students learn the value of communication and sharing responsibilities. Parents are provided with weekly newsletters, reminder text messages as well as phone calls to encourage a connection between school and home life. Classrooms offer a variety of support such as iPads, audio books, a classroom library, math manipulatives, and online resources. The goal for students is to become engaged in learning, to find school a safe and positive place and become proficient in all subject areas.

Lisa Watts, 5th and 6th grade

Lisa Watts, 5th Grade

Believing that every student has something special to offer every day, Lisa Watts strives to connect with her students on a personal level to meet their needs. Lisa works at keeping the lines of communication open between home and school life. She keeps connected with families via phone calls, email, and text messages. Her goal is to continue her personal growth as an educator so that she can continue to bring the joys of learning to her students.

Email: wattsl@nmwarhawks.org
Phone: (641) 637-4041

Jessica Jones, 5th and 6th grade

Jess Jones, 5th Grade

A North Mahaska graduate who began working at North Mahaska as a para educator. Jess has been dedicated to helping students grow at North Mahaska for 10 years. She graduated from William Penn University with a bachelors degrees in Elementary Ed and Human Services. She and her husband have 3 daughters—Molly, Peyton, and Hannah. She enjoys pushing students to reach new heights in their education and personally. She also enjoys supporting the Warhawks at all levels- from t-ball age to varsity!

Phone: 641-637-4041

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Jean Knockel, 5th Grade

Email: knockelj@nmwarhawks.org
Phone: 641-637-4187

Tara Grier, 6th Grade

I have been teaching reading and writing at NM for 4 years, three of them being in 6th grade. Middle schoolers are my favorite age, and I love watching each of them grow as a person. As a 2012 North Mahaska graduate, I am so thrilled to be teaching here now. I have a degree in elementary education with a K-8 reading endorsement and K-8 special education from William Penn. I am the varsity girls’ basketball assistant coach and enjoy spending my time with my kids, coaching, and sports.

Email: griert@nmwarhawks.org
Phone: 641-637-4041

Amy Terpstra, 3rd grade

Amy Terpstra, 6th Grade

Providing a warm and compassionate learning environment is key for Amy Terpstra. She strongly believes in helping children grow emotionally and continue to mature as individuals. Amy was born and raised in Pella, graduating with a psychology degree from Central College, and a Master of Science in Teaching from Drake University. Amy lives on an acreage outside of New Sharon with her husband, and their daughter and son, who both have grown up as North Mahaska Warhawks. She welcomes you to visit, e-mail, or call her any time.

Email: terpstraa@nmwarhawks.org
Phone: (641) 637-4041