Special education teacher looking forward to helping students flourish

GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/NEWS LEADER Devan Iddings of Cresco has joined the faculty at Fillmore Central Elementary as a special education teacher.
Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy

“I love working in the special education field. I love watching and helping children grow and reach their individual potential,” stated Devan Iddings, Fillmore Central’s new fifth and sixth grade special education instructor who noted she’s always wanted to be a teacher.

Iddings graduated in 1997 from North Daviess R-3 in a small rural town in Missouri and graduated from Missouri Western State University in 2002.

“This is my fifth year as a classroom teacher, but I have worked with children for many years. I taught in Texas – I spent three years at Billy Reagan K-8 Houston Independent School District and one year at Kohfeldt K-4 in Texas City Independent School District,” she said. “We moved to Cresco, Iowa, two years ago, and I worked as a substitute at Crestwood School. I had been looking for a full-time teaching position close to home. I was extremely excited when this position opened up, and I love working here in the Preston-Harmony area.” 

 Iddings feels that the most important thing students should learn while in school is “to take care of one another and have empathy for others…understand that there is a whole world out there waiting to be discovered.”

She added that she anticipates working with students because she looks forward to meeting them and learning about them. “I look forward to building relationships and watching them grow and flourish over the school year,” she said.

Iddings lives in Cresco, with her family. “I am married with four children – three still living at home. When not following my kids in their activities, we love to travel,” she concluded.