Mary Beth Lawson
I attended Buena Vista University graduating in 2007, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology, and endorsements in Reading and Social Studies. I worked as a substitute teacher for 6 years in the Newton Community School District, teaching classes Pre-K – through High School full-time. I was the coordinator for K-6 religious education at Sacred Heart Church in Newton, IA. I ran three Career Connection Centers, and spent time teaching career readiness, career coaching, and helping teach classes at DMACC as well as the Newton Senior High School. I just completed my first-year teaching 5th Grade here at Pleasant Hill Elementary.
I have three boys ages 24, 17, and 15. My oldest graduated from DMACC and is employed as a Realtor by RE/MAX Precision. My two youngest sons attend school in Newton and are extremely active in sports. I spend a lot of my down time at football, basketball, or soccer games. We have two dogs at home Fuji a Labradoodle, and Bentley a Pyredoodle. I enjoy reading, movies, bicycling, and hiking. In the summer, I love being on or in the water.
I attended Grand View College. I graduated in 1999, majoring in Elementary Education. I received endorsements in the area of Reading, Language Arts, and Early Childhood. I am starting my 23rd year of teaching. My first year of teaching was in Newton, Iowa. I taught 1st and 2nd grade reading. Then, I taught four years at Wallace Elementary in Des Moines. There, I taught 4th and 5th grade and was also the 3rd-5th Literacy Leader. This is my 18th year at Pleasant Hill teaching 5th grade.
My husband, Mike, is the elementary principal at Runnells Elementary School in Runnells, Iowa. We have been married 22 years. We have a 16 year old son Brett and a daughter named Kendall, who will be 14 years old in October. I graduated with my Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Viterbo University in Wisconsin during the summer of 2005.
We also have a Miniature Dachshund named Sugar and a German Shorthair Pointer named Stark. I enjoy spending time with my two children and the rest of my family, friends, and of course, Sugar and Stark! I also enjoy shopping and fishing.