Middle School

Grades 6-7-8

The Middle School years in the life of a student are a unique path of growth and development.  GVCS desires to partner with parents who desire a Christ-centered education for their student. These are important years of discovery of academic potential and developing spiritual discernment for social emotional and cultural choices.

The 6-7-8 grade curriculum solidifies the foundation of the essential skills and concepts in the core academic disciplines.  There is an increased emphasis in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication throughout all curriculums.  The integration of the Biblical World View is a priority as student work moves deeper into investigation, research, and problem solving.  The middle school curriculum includes:

  • Bible and Bi-Weekly Chapels
  • Language Arts: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking
  • Mathematics, Algebra I
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Health
  • Spanish
  • Music
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Technology Infusion in all Academics
  • Careers

All teachers are licensed by the Iowa Department of Education and are skilled in Biblical integration.  The Middle School program is recognized as an accredited nonpublic private school program through the Iowa Department of Education. Iowa Assessments are administered for annual grade level achievement.  Parent Conferences are available bi-annually and as needed and intervention conferences are schedule upon request.

Extra-curricular activities include field trips, fine arts performances, student government, athletics, Christian service projects, Middle School Banquet, Middle School Blast.

“Discovering Self and Defining Self in Jesus”

Karen Worsham
Middle School Teacher


Karen Worsham

Your position:

Middle School Teacher

Testimony of salvation:

 It was during a church service that I recognized my need for salvation. I don't remember the sermon, but the conviction I felt is remembered to this day!  Fortunately, my parents were believers and were able to lead me in accepting Christ as my Savior.                                                                


I am an active member of Saylorville Church where I minister on the worship team by singing and playing the piano.


BS- Bible and Elementary Education, Pillsbury College

Additional Training/Endorsements:

EL/MS Language Arts Endorsement

5-8 MS Mathmatics Endorsement


For the last 25 years, I've had the privilege to be married to my husband, Jeff.  We have 2 children, Tyler and Casey.  Tyler graduated in 2012 from Grandview Park Baptist and Casey was in the first graduating class of Grand View Christian School (2015). 

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

Some people (especially students) might not believe it, but I do have a life outside the walls of the school!  I cook with my husband, play the piano, sing on a worship team, and LOVE watching volleyball!  I love to laugh with friends and it's been fun developing my skills behind the camera.

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

This is my 13th year at Grand View. 

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

I knew I wanted to be a part of this school when I heard about the outreach programs they were trying to implement.  Besides the outreach programs, Grandview also started football and we were so excited to get that program off the ground!  After 10 years of teaching in  Illinois, we felt God leading us to Des Moines.  Although I didn't have a teaching job right away, I waited for God's timing and he brought me here in 2005.  Grand View will always be special in my heart.  It was here that my children got to study under teachers that loved them. They found lasting friends and they grew in their knowledge of Christ. But most of all, I get to teach students more about God without any fear of retribution! 

What is your favorite thing about your job?

In 1993, we moved to Illinois when I was pregnant with our first child.  After only being there for a month, I delivered Tyler. Little did we know that God would bless our family with a visually impaired child; it changed my life! The support that we felt from out church family helped me through a difficult and confusing time. Through the years of developing an educational plan for him, I realized that I had a passion to teach students, knowing that education can be easy with the proper tools.  I loved seeing the light bulb go off in their heads because they got it!  Whether it's through math or English, education doesn't have to be a struggle!

What is your guilty pleasure?

One thing that most people don't know about me is that I consider ice cream a "comfort" food.  It makes me think of my home when I was growing up. We would make our own homemade ice cream from cream off of our whole milk and salt from our water softener!  When my mom would make her homemade hot fudge, I would just die from happiness!  So now, every time I eat it, it's a little bit of home making it's way into my life!

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