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Special Education Teacher
Bachelor’s Degree, Elementary Education, Iowa State University; Master’s Degree, Special Education, Iowa State University
Mr. Meintsma started teaching in 2014 and joined Iowa Connections Academy in 2022. He teaches special education to students in grades 7–12.
According to Mr. Meintsma, “I always loved teaching kids swimming lessons . . . then later working with children and young adults with disabilities providing respite and special care.” His favorite classroom activity is “chatting with students. Finding out more about them and being a support for them.”
If there’s one thing Mr. Meintsma would tell parents thinking of enrolling their child here, it would be this: “Iowa Connections Academy helps teach students the important skills of being self-motivated and problem solving.”
[Iowa Connections Academy] encourages students to be more independent and in charge of their learning.
— Mr. Meintsma
“I love watching and playing sports — including swimming, soccer, and basketball — also playing with my kids and trying new foods,” reports Mr. Meintsma.
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