My name is Ruth Dearth and I am so excited to be joining the first grade team for my first year at Walnut Street. I graduated from Simpson College in 2017 with a bachelors degree in elementary education and liberal arts, and endorsements in reading and language arts. Outside of school I enjoy cooking, drinking coffee, spending time with my family, friends, and dogs, and coaching cheerleading at Lincoln High School.
Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa) Graduated in 2015.
Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education
Endorsement in K-8 English/Language Arts
Utah State University
Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education
Est. Graduation- Spring of 2018
International Baccalaureate Training:
Category III: Concept-Based Learning
I have been a teacher since 2015. I have been teaching at Walnut Street School since 2015.
I enjoy spending time with my husband, especially going to the library together. We have been married since the summer of 2015.
I also enjoy hanging out with my family; I have 15 siblings, and 10 of them are Chinese-American. This is part of why I love Walnut Street so much. The connection to Chinese culture and language is wonderful.
I have been teaching and learning from kids since I graduated from Iowa State University in 1996. I taught in Houston from 1996-1998. My family and I moved back home to Des Moines at that time when the first of four of our children was born–we realized we still needed our own parents after all! I’m so glad we made that choice because it was shortly after that in 1999, I joined Des Moines Public Schools, where I taught at McKinley Elementary. During that time I pursued and achieved a Masters Degree from Drake University in Educational Leadership. My continued love of learning new things and having new adventures led me to Walnut Street School in 2014. I am blessed to be part of another DMPS family!
When I am not at school I am involved with family activities and creating projects and crafting things for the classroom and for my home.