Sherry Brooks has been with Central Academy since 2001. She has taught every course except for 9th grade. Currently, she teaches College Accelerated Literature and Composition, Accelerated Language and Literature 1, Humanities Capstone, and Literature and Film Capstone. She received her MAT from the University of Iowa in 1997, Prior to teaching at Central Academy, Ms. Brooks taught four years at North High School. She has received the Who’s Who Among American Teachers Award twice and received the Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award through Northwestern University in 2019, the Yale Educator Award in 2020, and the Rotary Club Educator of the Year in 2021. Ms. Brooks earned her Gifted and Talented Endorsement in 2019 and is her department’s Professional Learning Community lead and the head of the English Department.
College Accelerated Literature and Composition AP Literature and Composition
Accelerated Language and Literature 1
Accelerated Language and Literature: Humanities Capstone
Accelerated Language and Literature: Literature and Film Capstone
Luci Core joined the Central Academy staff in 2014 and teaches Prep Academy English Language Arts and Accelerated Language and Literature III. She received her BFA from Iowa State University and her master’s in teaching from Morningside College. She is endorsed 7-12 English/Language Arts, 7-12 Speech, 7-12 All Language Arts, and K-12 Reading. In 2016, she earned her Gifted and Talented Endorsement, and is a part of the Building Leadership Team. She previously taught for Sioux City Community Schools, Dowling, and Iowa Connections Academy.
Prep Academy English Language Arts
Accelerated Language and Literature III
Anne has been with Central Academy since 2007, teaching almost all science courses offered to 8th and 9th graders and beyond. She received her BS from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Masters of Education from Doane College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Gifted and Talented Endorsement from Viterbo University. Prior to joining the Academy staff, Anne taught at Crete High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, instructing Biology, Applied Chemistry, Applied Physics and Environmental Science. Anne serves on several district committees and is a Professional Learning Community lead and department chair for the science department.
Lindsay Fredregill teaches Accelerated Language and Literature I and Accelerated Language and Literature III. Ms. Fredregill earned her BA in English and Spanish and her Master of Arts in English and Spanish Education from the University of Iowa. She joined the Central Academy faculty in 2008, teaching Spanish ab initio and Spanish B courses in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Prior to teaching at the Academy, Ms. Fred taught Spanish levels I through AP for six years at Roosevelt High School and taught English for one year at Lincoln High School. She earned her K-12 Gifted and Talented Endorsement in 2016 and currently serves on the School Leadership Team.
Accelerated Language and Literature I (8th)
Accelerated Language and Literature III (10th)
Dara Green joined the Academy faculty in 2008 teaching DMPS’ first class dedicated to teaching students how to throw on a pottery wheel. Ms. Green 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 and 2014. Ms. Green’s classes are structured using Flipped Learning and Training to Teach models. Please explore the links below to learn more.
Throwing Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced
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.
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.
Lana has been with Central Academy since 1997, teaching Prep Academy Accelerated Math 2, Algebra 1, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations. 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 Accelerated Math 2
Linear Algebra & Differential Equations
Michael Marcketti joined the Central Academy staff in 2007. He has taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Radically Accelerated Math 1, IB Mathematics SL Year 2, AP Calculus AB, and Advanced Math Problem Solving. 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. Mr. Marcketti 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 two-time recipient of the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Secondary Mathematics Teaching. 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.
AP Calculus AB
Advanced Math Problem Solving
Jeff Marks joined the Central Academy in 2018 and is currently teaching in the Prep Academy program as well as Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Radically Accelerated I. He received his B.S. in engineering at Iowa State University as well as his secondary mathematics teaching endorsement. He received his Masters in Education at Viterbo University and has taken additional graduate level mathematics courses at other universities. Mr. Marks started teaching at Hoyt Middle School in 1991, moved to Brody Middle School for 14 years, then switched to Roosevelt High School for the 12 years prior to moving to Central Academy. He has been published in two NCTM publications: Promoting Purposeful Discourse and Teaching Middle School Mathematics. He is a National Board Certified teacher in early adolescence mathematics and was the state of Iowa finalist for Presidential Award for the Teaching of Mathematics and Science.
Prep Academy mathematics
Radically Accelerated Mathematics I
Catie Miller joined the Central Academy staff in 2007, and currently teaches English 9 Advanced Studies in World Literature and Advanced Placement 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. Ms. Miller spent two years teaching in Japan with the Kofu/Des Moines Teacher Exchange. She was the 2017 Iowa PBS Digital Innovator. She is currently working toward an advanced degree in rhetoric.
World Literature, Composition & Speech
Advanced Placement Language and Composition
Advanced 9th Grade English World Studies in Literature
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, 11th grade English in Lawton before relocating to Des Moines in 2005. She teaches 8th grade Advanced Language, Literature, and Composition at Central Academy, and she is the Dream to Teach instructor 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 a member of several hard rock bands, and she has recorded three CDs. Currently, she is the drummer for Headsmut. Ms. Pinkney is an avid concert goer. She is also a sports enthusiast, and she is a jogger. Ms. Pinkney also enjoys movies, board games, listening to music, traveling, cleaning, and spending time with her husband.
Language, Literature & Composition
Brian Reece 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. In 2010, Brian completed a real world externship with Hy-Vee. Brian is a member of the National Council of Mathematics Teachers, a 2008 Edith May Sliffe Award recipient, a 2013 awardee of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science Principles
Canada Snyder teaches College AP US history, College Middle East history & Islam, College history of Latin America, AP Seminar and advises Model UN. Canada was the State of Iowa’s secondary history team leader for the new state standards. She has worked for the Iowa Secretary of State Office in creating the official Caucus curriculum for the state. She also created the secondary US history online curriculum for the State of Iowa in 2021-22. Ms. Snyder was selected as 1 of 6 teachers nationwide by the World Affairs Council-Dallas/Ft. Worth to participate in an education study tour to the United Arab Emirates in Spring 2019. She has traveled extensively both with students and backpacking on her own. 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 as well at the Organization of American Historians. She has presented at several national, state and local conferences. Ms. Snyder was selected as the Rotary Club’s Teacher of the Year in 2020. Canada Snyder is also the recipient of the Belin Blank Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ms. Snyder is an Advanced Placement exam reader and previously taught IB history courses. She 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. She has been teaching for 24 years.
College AP US history,
College History of the Middle East & Islam
College History of Latin America