Names & Notes

District awards three staff members honors


Three Marshalltown Community School District staff members recently received Employee of the Quarter awards for the second quarter of the school year after being nominated by their fellow staff members. Jeff Braddock, Taylor Dubois and Abby Stanfield were honored.

Braddock is a night custodian at Miller Middle School. He has worked in the district since 2012. He was nominated for the award by eighth grade science teacher Tiffany Bridgewater. She said Jeff is very positive and is always willing to drop everything to help students or staff.

“Jeff always has a smile on his face and greets everyone he passes in the hallway,” Bridgewater said. “He is willing to go the extra mile to make the classrooms ideal for the students and the staff.”

Dubois has been a special education paraeducator at Marshalltown High School since 2015. She was nominated for the award by MHS special education teacher Sandy Dale who is also her mother and by special education teacher Peter Nieland. Sandy said Taylor has a passion for helping her students, even taking one student under her wing and throwing that student a graduation party.

“She truly cares about her students and her number one goal is for them to succeed,” Dale said. “She goes above and beyond to make sure they have all the help they need regardless of who they are.”

Stanfield is an English Language Learner teacher at Anson Elementary School. She has taught at Anson since 2013 and started as a fourth grade teacher before moving to her current ELL position this school year. She has taught previously in the district with eight total years of service to Marshalltown Schools.

Stanfield was nominated for the award by the three kindergarten teachers at Anson including Jessica Althaus, Danielle Platt and Kate Troskey. They all three agreed that she is very dedicated to helping staff and students locate learning resources and is a very positive person in interacting with staff, students and parents.

“She has been so helpful and works very hard to ensure all students are successful,” Althaus said.

IVCCD’s LPN programs ranked No. 2 in Iowa

The Practical Nursing diploma programs at Marshalltown Community College and Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls have been ranked the No. 2 Top Accredited LPN Program in Iowa for 2018 by TopNursing.org.

The TopNursing.org rankings, released last month, are based on a methodology that includes NCLEX-PN exam passage rates, financial aid available to nursing students and number of students in the nursing program. Additional factors in the selection process were well-developed architecture, better infrastructure, superior technology, ranking in U.S. News & World Report, teachings offered by world-class faculty, inclusion of world-class facilities and world-class opportunities for students and graduates.

Helena Parker, of TopNursing.org, who announced the rankings, said, “We need to mention that the main purpose of our ranking is to help students, parents, professionals and web visitors find the best nursing schools in the state of Iowa. We wish you a hearty congratulation on your achievements!”

UnityPoint Health –

Marshalltown offering Nephrology (Kidney)


UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown will begin offering Nephrology services every other Thursday in the afternoons beginning Jan. 25. Nephrology is a specialty of kidney medicine and diseases. UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown Nephrology is located in the Multi-Specialty department on the third floor of the clinic building at 405 E. Main St., Marshalltown.

Dr. Vinay Kantamneni will be providing Nephrology services to the community.

Kantamneni completed medical school at Nagarjuna University, Guntur-Siddhartha Medical School, residency at the University of Wisconsin, Marshfield Clinic/Saint Joseph’s Hospital and completed a fellowship at The Medical College of Georgia Hospitals & Clinics in Augusta, Ga. He is also board certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine / Nephrology.

To schedule an appointment with UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown Nephrology call 641-844-6259.

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