Asia 8th

Joseph Fiorenza

Mathematics - 8th Grade

E: joseph.fiorenza@dmschools.org

Biography

Mr. Fiorenza earned his undergraduate degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and graduate degree in Education from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. A native of Illinois, he has been living in Chicago for the past 13 years. An avid fan of Chicago Cubs baseball and Chicago Bear football, as well as Notre Dame football, he is excited to once again be back in Iowa. Along with his wife and son, Mr. Fiorenza is a proud resident of Des Moines and a passionate advocate for math education. It is Mr. Fiorenza’s firm belief that through a strong math education the doors of opportunity are opened for all.

John Gerlitz

Individuals and Societies - 8th Grade

E: john.gerlitz@dmschools.org

Biography

Mr. Gerlitz attended the University of Northern Iowa and Simpson College. He has earned a degree in history and in education. During 2010-2011, Mr. Gerlitz served in a military deployment to Afghanistan. While there he had the opportunity to work with Afghan soldiers and police officers in order to help ensure better security for the local province. After the deployment he married a woman he has known since the first grade.

Neal Patel

8th Science

E: neal.patel@dmschools.org

Judith Pauley

Language and Literature - 8th Grade

E: judith.pauley@dmschools.org

Class Description

mspauley.edublogs.org

Biography

For three years I have been teaching 7th grade literacy at Brody; this is my tenth year in the district. Before joining the Des Moines Public Schools, I worked for the Iowa Department of Education and the West Des Moines Community School District. My husband and I moved to Iowa many years ago, and have raised twin sons who currently attend the University of Wisconsin Madison. In addition to our sons, we have four more “children:” two cats and two Cairn terriers keep us busy. In my spare time I love traveling, reading, and gardening. Recently, I fulfilled all the requirements to be a Master Gardener through the Iowa State Master Gardener program.