Elementary

Grades Kindergarten-5th

Grand View Christian School is pleased to partner with parents who desire a faith based biblical world view education for their child.  These are the years of development that begin to structure a foundation for future learning and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Grades kindergarten through 5th Grade curriculum focuses on the fundamental learning essentials in the core academic disciplines.  The curriculum is designed with predominately faith based curriculum resources.  Biblical integration is included in all instruction.  The elementary curriculum includes:

  • Bible and Weekly Chapel
  • Reading (Phonetic)
  • Language Arts: Grammar, Writing, Spelling, Speaking, Listening
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Health
  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Technology: Keyboarding, Coding,  K-1st grade have technology centers, 2nd-5th grade have 1:1 laptops
  • Library
  • Beginning Band and Elementary Band

All teachers are licensed by the Iowa Department of Education and are skilled in Biblical integration.  Kindergarten through 5th grade is an accredited nonpublic private elementary school program through the Iowa Department of Education.

Literacy assessments are conducted 3 times a year to monitor reading skills and comprehension.  Iowa Assessments are administered for annual grade level achievement.  Parent Conferences are available bi-annually and as needed.  Special Services are available to GVCS through Heartland AEA for screenings in speech, hearing, or other areas of development.

All elementary classes have enrichment activities that include field trips, visiting class speakers, Christian service projects, seasonal celebrations, and fine arts performances.

An After Care Program is available on school days until 5:30 for students in preschool-5th grade.

“Developing Life Long Learners and Growing in Jesus”

Correne Chodakowski
Associate/Resource, Tutor

Name:

Correne Chodakowski

Your position:

Associate/Resource, Tutor

Testimony of salvation:

God allowed me to be born into a family with two parents who knew and loved Him.  As a small child, my parents read the Bible to my siblings and me, and my mom would sing us to sleep with songs from the hymn book.  They were faithful in teaching us and in attending a Bible believing church and school.  It wasn't until I was in middle school, though, that I truly understood that my parents' faith and my own "good behavior" would not save me. It is only by the work of God, through Jesus Christ, that my sin could be forgiven and I could be covered in His righteousness. "God is holy.  I am sinful.  Jesus saves.  He is mine by faith."  

Church:

Soteria Des Moines

Areas where you serve in your church:

I serve in the nursery and children's ministry at my church. 

College/Degree:

BA- Bible and Elementary Education, Appalachian Bible College

Family:

My husband Pete and I have 5 children. 

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not teaching?

I love baking, hiking, reading, road tripping, and relaxing at the ocean.

How long have you been in your job at Grand View?

This is my first year as a resource associate at GVCS. Prior to being at GVCS, I served at Fellowship Christian Academy in Massachusetts for 14 years -- 11 years as a teacher, and 3 years as an assistant principal.  

What brought you to GV or why did you decide to work here?

We moved to IA in the summer of 2015.  My sister and brother-in-law (an alumnus of GV) who have their children enrolled here, told me about the school.  After touring the school, we attended the open house, where we met some of the teachers, I was instantly impressed by their love for God and their love for students.  I knew after this night, Grand View was the place for us!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Working one-on-one with students; helping elementary teachers

What is your guilty pleasure?

I love concrete mixers from Culvers.

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Kindergarten Teacher
Marci Behrens
Kindergarten Teacher
Tiffany Gladfelter
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Julie McGovern
1st Grade Teacher
Emily McDowell
2nd Grade Teacher
Kate Hydorn
2nd Grade Teacher
Karen Eddy
3rd Grade Teacher
Christine Poole
4th Grade Teacher
Christi Ersland
5th Grade Teacher
Alisa Ryan
5th Grade Teacher
Stephanie Caples
EL/MS/HS Teacher, Art
Correne Chodakowski
Associate/Resource, Tutor
Twila Mosher
Library/ Reading Intervention
Carrie Jordan
Associate
Mark Lang
EL/MS/HS Teacher, Physical Education
Jonathan Nilius
EL/MS/HS Music, Vocal
Grace Peterson
EL/MS/HS Music, Instrumental
Sheila Miguez
Associate