English Language Arts

Faculty

Beth Basinger

Classes

  • English II
  • Publications
  • Communications

Bio

My mission with everyone around me is simple:  Win their hearts and lead them to their personal best.  There is nothing–minus my husband and children–more important to me than helping people realize their potential.  I truly believe the heart of education lies in the relationship between a student and teacher (and we’re all teachers). For me, this foundation begins before a student enters my classroom, as we greet each other at the classroom door. During our time together, I work to forge a positive relationship built on trust, honesty, and caring by getting to know who students really are, understanding where they come from, what they bring to the table, and where their passions lie. I’m committed to making student voice an integral part of every educational opportunity.  By establishing this positive culture, we are able to maximize our time and give and receive feedback to learn and grow together.
  • lives in Norwalk, IA
  • advising Yearbook & Newspaper
  • studies at the University of Iowa
  • loves school activities, EdCamps, the power of social media, Pinterest projects, and baseball

Natalie Jennison

Classes

  • AP Language and Literature
  • Composition
  • Contemporary Literature

Bio

I am originally from Burlington, Iowa, and attended college at Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in English Secondary Education. After college, I landed my first teaching job at ADM and have been working in the district for the last three years. I also coach 7th grade volleyball and advise for the ADM Student Council.  Outside of school, I enjoying cheering on Iowa State athletics, reading, running, and spending time with family and friends.

Molly Longman

Classes

  • American Literature
  • English II
  • English II Honors
  • Applied English and Communications
  • Strategic Reading (II, III, IV)

Bio

I am an Ames native and attended Iowa State University, graduating in 2007 with a degree in English Secondary Education and a minor in Spanish.  ADM was my first teaching placement in the fall of 2007.  I also direct ADM’s theater productions and sponsor the local troupe of the International Thespian Society.  Theater production has been a passion of mine since I was involvement in an eight grade production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.  Outside of school, I enjoy reading, watching classic films, cheering on Cyclone football and Braves baseball, fishing, camping, being involved in church, and spending time with family.  I live with my husband, Douglas, and two children, Eleanor and Emmett, in DeSoto. I am proud to call the ADM district home.

Beth Knipper

Classes

  • English I
  • Strategic Reading I

Bio

I grew up in southeast Iowa in Eddyville but left the state (and broke my father’s heart) to go to the University of Missouri to attend the world’s number one journalism program. I graduated from there in 2002 with a Bachelor of Journalism, News Editorial and then traveled farther south to Pensacola, Florida. I worked at the local paper – The Pensacola News Journal – for four years as a copy editor and page designer before I realized I needed a career change. I went in to journalism to try to help make the world a better place, and I no longer felt that was working and looked for a career that would help me move back to my original goal. After much soul searching, I decided teaching would be the best choice for this. I taught sixth grade reading for two years in the Escambia (Florida) County School District. But in 2008, my husband and I decided to move back to Iowa. I subbed in the West Des Moines and Waukee school districts for two years before being hired at ADM for ninth grade English in 2010. During this time, I also earned my master of education with a focus in literacy education from Mizzou. In my free time, I enjoy running , traveling, reading, knitting, and spoiling my nieces and nephews. I’m also an avid Mizzou Tigers and New Orleans Saints fan. I live in Waukee with my husband, Jeremy, and our dog and two cats.

Jacque Seidl

Classes

  • AP Language and Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Speech

Bio

I grew up in Coon Rapids before attending Simpson College to major in English and minor in Secondary Education with endorsements in Speech and Theatre. I’m currently working on a Masters in School Library Studies at UNI. ADM was my first teaching position eight years ago, and I’m blessed to continue to make it my home. Along with teaching Speech and other Language Art electives, I coach the Speech team and work with the youth at my church. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, cheering on the Hawkeyes, and camping with my family. I live in Adel with my husband, Chris, and our three children: Alexa, Brenna, and Cohen.

Sheri Storm

Classes

  • General Reading
  • Strategic Reading I

Bio

I am a Waukee native – from when it was still a small town. After graduation, I attended SWCC and graduated with an Associate Arts degree in 1988.  While attending SWCC, I joined the Army Reserves in March 1987.   In  1991, I married my husband, Gary. We have two grown daughters, Shelby and Rebecca. I finished my teaching degree at the University of Upper Iowa (Des Moines Campus in spring 2004).  ADM was my first teaching placement as a high school special education teacher and have taught here for 10 years.  Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family, fishing, hunting, camping, gardening,  cooking, watching sports, and  being  outdoors.

Gloria Whisner

Classes

  • General Reading
  • Strategic Reading II, III, IV

Bio

I joined the ADM High School teaching staff in 2008 as a special education teacher for grades 10 through 12. I have a music education degree from Wartburg College and earned special education and reading endorsements from Morningside College. I have lived in Adel – along with my husband, Mike, also an ADM teacher – since 1982. We have three children – Kyle, Alicia, and Kolby – who are also graduates of ADM.

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