Sherry has been with Central Academy since 2000, teaching American Literature, Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, and IB English. She received her MAT from the University of Iowa. Prior to teaching at Central Academy, Sherry taught four years at North High School. She has received the Who’s Who Among American Teachers Award twice.
8th Grade Advance Language, Literature and Composition
AP Literature and Composition
Shelley joined Central Academy in 2017, she is currently teaching AP Biology(DMACC BIO 112/113 concurrently), IB Biology and Accelerated Biology. She received her first Bachelors of Science from St. Cloud in Minnesota, she furthered her education with a Master of Science in Marine Biology at Nova Southeastern in Florida. She recently finished her second Bachelors in teaching, endorsed in grades 5-12 in Biological Sciences from Upper Iowa University. Shelley has lived in the Des Moines area for the past 12 years and enjoys swimming, biking and spending time with her husband and three girls. She also loves to GEEK out on SCIENCE!
Prep Academy English and Reading
Advanced American Literature
Anne has been with Central Academy since 2007, teaching Pre Advanced Placement Bio/Chem/Physics and Accelerated Physics and Chemistry. She received her BS from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her Masters of Education from Doane College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Prior to joining the Academy staff, Anne taught at Crete High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, instructing Biology, Applied Chemistry, Applied Physics and Environmental Science.
French IV (AP French)
French V (AP French)
Lindsay joined the Central Academy faculty in 2008 teaching Spanish ab initio and Spanish B courses in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program as well as Spanish I for 8th grade students. She earned her BA in English and Spanish and her MAT in English and Spanish education from the University of Iowa. Prior to teaching at the Academy, Lindsay taught Spanish levels I through AP V for six years at Roosevelt High School and taught English for one year at Lincoln High School. She is a member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and the Iowa World Language Association.
IB Spanish ab initio
Dara joined the Academy faculty in 2008 teaching the art component for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program as well as DMPS’ first class dedicated to teaching students how to throw on a pottery wheel. Dara graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 and taught for Chicago Public Schools before moving to Des Moines, Iowa. She received her National Board Certificate in Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Art in 2004. Dara is also a working artist and owner of “Halo Pottery”.
Throwing I, II, & III
IB Visual Art
Denis joined the Central Academy faculty in 2008 teaching English. He earned one undergraduate degree in speech, English, and theatre from Simpson College and another from the University of Minnesota in elementary education. He did his graduate work at Northwestern University. In Des Moines, Denis has taught at Lincoln High School (1974-1979), Douglas Elementary School (1980-1984), and Hoover High School (1984-2008). Denis received the National Federation of State High School Associations regional Outstanding Speech, Debate, and Theatre Award and was inducted into the Iowa High School Speech Association Hall of Fame in 2003. He is a member of the National Council for Teachers of English and the Iowa Communication Association.
Prep Academy Advisor
Kristin came to Central Academy in 2001. She earned her BA in English from Luther College in 1993 and her Masters in Counseling from Drake University in 1997. Before coming to Central she served as high school counselor at Norwalk High School from 1997-2001. She began her career as a middle school English teacher, first in Remsen, Iowa and then at Norwalk Middle School.
Becky has worked for DMPS since 1980. She has taught Elementary, Middle, and High School Studio Art in Des Moines and has taught the last 21 years at Roosevelt High School. Becky joined the Academy faculty in 2014 teaching AP Art History while continuing to teach Art at Roosevelt. Becky is at the Academy on A days this year.
Becky holds a permanent Professional teaching endorsement w/ Administrative certification, and is a Connie Belin Gifted Education Fellow. She attended Iowa State University and the University of Iowa where she received her BFA in Metalwork/Jewelry, Ceramics, and Photography. She received her MSE from Drake University.
Becky has been a reader for the College Board AP Art History exam 2015 in SLC and has received 72 hours study credit in AP Art History @ Carleton College in MN., in 2011 and 2015.
AP Art History
This course is designed as a high-level, challenging course with similar rigor to that found in the collegiate classroom. We will operate under college-level assumptions, the first of which is that you are interested enough in this subject to take the course and, therefore, are willing to do the work entailed in learning the material. Art History is an introductory survey course dealing with the history of art and its evolution from ancient to modern societies. AP Art History covers approximately 30,000 years of art creation, from the Prehistoric and Neolithic periods to 20th Century, Postmodern, and current art trends. Though a brief survey of Asian, African, Islamic, and other Eastern Art is studied, the bulk of this year-long class covers mainly Europe and the rest of the Western World. The course studies historical transition of art periods, as well as how culture, religion, government and history reflect the personal and sociological art trends throughout the existence of humans.
Lindsay joined the Central Academy staff in August, 2012. She is a graduate of Bowling Green University and earned her Master’s degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Iowa State University. She spent four years teaching science in Colorado before coming back to Iowa. Pre Chemistry/Physics AP Chemistry IB Chemistry
Lindsay joined the Central Academy staff in August, 2012. She is a graduate of Bowling Green University and earned her Master’s degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Iowa State University. She spent four years teaching science in Colorado before coming back to Iowa.
Darci joined Central Academy in 2014, where she taught World Literature, Advanced Placement Language and Composition, and Advanced Placement Literature. Previously she taught DMACC Composition and Introduction to Literature at Roland-Story High School. During the summer, she also teaches for Grand View University and Des Moines Area Community College. She received her BS in English Literature and her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University.
Michael has been with Central Academy since 1986, teaching Algebra I and II, Geometry, Pre-calculus, Integrated Math I, II and III and AP Calculus AB. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He is an Edyth May Sliffe Awardee and a national recipient from Iowa for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. Michael is a former Vice-President of the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics and state representative for the National Association.
IB Math Studies
Lana has been with Central Academy since 1997, teaching Int. Algebra I, Int. Geometry, Int. Alg. II, Pre-Calculus, Rad. Acc. I and Rad Acc. II. She received degrees from the University of Missouri (Kansas City) and Iowa State University. Lana is a recipient of the Edyth May Sliffe Award. She is with the Iowa and National Council of Mathematics Teachers and is involved with the ISU/National Science Foundation research project on Discourse in the Middle School Mathematics classroom.
Prep Academy Math
Michael joined the Central Academy staff in 2007, teaching Geometry, Precalculus, and Advanced Math Topics. He received his BA in Mathematics from Grinnell College, and his M. Ed from Graceland University, with additional courses from ISU, U of I, and Southern University. Michael has previously taught at West High School in Iowa City, The Episcopal School in Baton Rouge, Roosevelt High School and is an instructor for the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education. He is a recipient of the Edyth May Sliffe Award. Additionally, he has been an American Regions Mathematics League Coach, an officer of the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Radically Accelerated I
AP Calculus AB
Advanced Math Problem Solving
Cate joined the Central Academy staff in 2007, teaching English 8 and English 9 and Speech and AP Language and Composition. She received her BA in Communication from Simpson College, and her masters from UNI. Previously, she taught at Meredith Middle School, Roosevelt High School, where she was Head Forensics Coach, and Hoover High School, where she served as assistant forensics and drama coach. Cate spent two years teaching in Japan with the Kofu/Des Moines Teacher Exchange and is the Assistant Director of the Kofu Exchange. She is currently working toward an advanced degree in rhetoric.
World Literature, Composition & Speech
AP Language & Composition
Ms. Pinkney earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and she completed the Cameron Secondary Teacher Education Program. Ms. Pinkney taught 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English in Lawton before relocating to Des Moines in 2005. She has been a member of the Central Academy staff for ten years, and she teaches 8th grade English. In addition to teaching 8th grade English at Central Academy, Ms. Pinkney also teaches Communications 703 at Central Campus.
Ms. Pinkney has a variety of interests outside of school. Her main interest is music. She is a drummer who has been in several hard rock bands and recorded three CDs. She is also an avid concert goer. Ms. Pinkney is also a sports enthusiast, and she is a jogger. She also enjoys movies, board games, listening to music, traveling, cleaning, and spending time with her boyfriend, family, and friends.
Language, Literature & Composition
Brian joined the Central Academy staff in 2007. He received his BA in Mathematics from Central College, and his MSM from Iowa State University. Brian has previously taught at Lake Mills High School, Melcher-Dallas High School and Johnston High School. Brian is a member of the National Council of Mathematics Teachers and a 2008 Edith May Sliffe Award recipient. In 2010, Brian completed a real world externship with Hy-Vee.
AP Calculus BC
IB Math Studies
Scott has been with Central Academy since 1988, teaching courses involving all aspects of science and computer science. He completed his undergraduate work at Iowa State and graduate work at the University of Iowa. Scott has been named Science Teacher of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Science. He is the Iowa Academy of Science Earth Science Chair, the Datastreme Instructor for the American Meteorological Society and the Iowa Representative for the National Earth Science Association of Teachers.
AP Environmental Science/IB Environmental Systems & Societies
AP Computer Science
Canada teaches AP US History and IB History of the Americas, as well as organizes History Night for Central Academy students. She is an active member of several professional organizations including the National Council of History Education, the National and Iowa Council of Social Studies, and the National and Iowa Geographic Alliance. Through her active membership in professional organizations and her dedication to high quality teaching, Canada has been selected for study tours in Germany and China and is the recipient of the Belin Blank Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to her teaching and History Night responsibilities, Canada is an Advanced Placement exam reader and co-sponsor of Model UN. Canada received her Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in education, with an emphasis in curriculum writing, from Drake University.
AP US History
IB History of the Americas
Terri joined the Central Academy staff in 2011, teaching 8th and 9th grade English. Previously she taught 9th grade English and Drama at Lincoln High School for five years. She received her BFA from Drake University and her MA from Simpson College.
Advanced Language, Literature & Composition
World Literature, Composition & Speech
Advanced American Literature