beginning of the 2011-12 school year will bring plenty of new faces to
SEP elementary schools, the junior high and district offices.
The Southeast Polk board of education approved a slew of new hires and transfers over the past few months...
[Southeast Polk Community School District] approved the hiring of Michael Nicodemus as Runnells Elementary principal.
Nicodemus comes to Runnells from Van Allen Elementary in Chariton, where he served as principal since 2007.
Nicodemus served as released dean of students for River Wood Elementary
in Des Moines from 2005-2007. He served as co-principal at Windsor
Elementary School in Des Moines from 2003-2005.
His teaching experience includes second and fourth grades at Windsor Elementary.
received a bachelorâ€™s degree in elementary education from Grand View
College and a masterâ€™s degree in educational leadership and elementary
principal licensure from Drake University
Jo Ellen Latham comes to the district from Des Moines Public School
District, where she served as director of curriculum and instruction
and Title I coordinator since 2010.
Latham previously served as
pre-kindergarten to 12th grade curriculum coordinator and Title I
coordinator for Des Moines Public Schools from 2006-2010.
currently serves as an adjunct professor at Drake University, teaching
classes for reading endorsement. She presently serves as a member of
Iowaâ€™s State Literacy Team and on the board for Everybody Wins!, a
volunteer organization designed to promote literacy.
currently pursuing an advanced degree certification in urban leadership
from the University of Northern Iowa, with an expected completion of
Latham received a bachelorâ€™s degree in elementary education
and a masterâ€™s degree in reading and language arts from the University
of Northern Iowa..."