Second Grade

Matthew Ballman

Second Grade

P: 515-242-8439 | E: matthew.ballman@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi, my name is Matt Ballman. This will be my third year in education and my second year in second grade! I attended Iowa State University (Go Cyclones!!!) and graduated in 2015 with a degree in elementary education with endorsements in history, social studies, reading, and coaching. I believe that Willard is a very special place. We have an amazing staff that puts students first and we have great families in the community! When I’m not teaching, I love to travel, watch (and attend) Iowa State sporting events, and hang out with my dog, Trice!

Sherry Thompkins

Second Grade

P: 515-242-8439 | E: sheryl.thompkins@dmschools.org

Biography

Welcome to the Peacemaker class!
My name is Sherry Thompkins and I am excited for my sixth year as a second grade teacher at Willard Elementary! I am in my 18th year of teaching and have experience as an
Aurally Handicapped and Special Education educator.  As you can see I am passionate about teaching and learning! I also enjoy teaching a cooking class during 21st Century and some of my favorite recipes come from the Willard families and extended families! I am active in multiple leadership roles within our school and love opportunities to grow as a professional.

I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education with an emphasis in teaching deaf and hard of hearing students.
I later completed my Master’s Degree in Special Education, at Iowa State University.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and adult children.  I also enjoy walking, reading, and experimenting with new recipes.  My favorite part about being a teacher is watching students become independent thinkers and team players.  I love to watch students grow!