My name is Heather Bittner, and I am so glad to be at Lovejoy! I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and got my Master’s Degree from Viterbo University. I have taught fourth grade, first grade, kindergarten, reading, and talented and gifted. I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children, and my dog. I like to read, travel, shop, and go to movies. I love seeing students’ smiling faces and watching them grow and learn each year!
My name is Cari O’Connell and I teach 1st grade at Lovejoy. I graduated from The University of Northern Iowa. I have taught preschool; 2nd and first grade. When I’m not at school I love spending time with my husband, and two children. I am very excited for this school year; I love coming to school and seeing the smiles on the students faces. My favorite part of teaching is seeing the growth that each student makes every year.
“Hello! My name is Taylor Smith and I teach first grade here at Lovejoy Elementary. I graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in biology and speech communication. I worked at several zoos and conservation centers before realizing my heart belonged in the classroom. I received my master’s in education from Drake University while working as a substitute teacher for Des Moines Public Schools. When I’m not at school I love to spend time outside with my husband and son.
It’s very important to me to create a learning environment where students feel safe, loved, and challenged. I can’t wait to get to know and watch the first graders grow this year!”