Greetings! My name is Daniel Cubit, and I teach fourth grade here at Jackson Elementary. I began my teaching career in Waterloo, Iowa, after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa in 2010. My wife and I moved to the metro area in 2015, and I started my tenure at Jackson Elementary. I am grateful for the staff, students, families, and community that Jackson shares.
Student Environment/Class Description
My teaching philosophy is simple: I want to inspire students to believe in themselves and find their potential. All students that join my classroom become Cubit Cubbies. As a Cubbie, they are joining a team of supportive learners who share a common goal of learning in a welcoming environment. All students share leadership responsibilities and take ownership of their learning. I am an empathic teacher who values honesty and understands that making mistakes is part of the learning process.
- Teaching Experience
- Jackson Elementary: 2018 – Present (Grades 2-3)
- B.A. Elementary Education with Reading Endorsement – Grand View University, IA
- In Progress: M.Ed. Administration + Principal Endorsement
Student Environment/Class Description
Students in our class will strive to be their best selves every day. We will work as a team, valuing the strengths that every student has to offer and work to overcome weaknesses together. Teamwork is at the center of how we engage in rigorous tasks, and instill the values needed to create student leaders, who can guide and support others in the class.
Students should enjoy school, and we take pride in ensuring students feel respected by all adults and classmates that are a part of Jackson. Our class is a community we want all students to want to be a part of. Students will take on board values that live on outside of the school environment, and lead by example in their homes and communities.
Hi! My name is Felicia Magee. I am so excited to begin my second year at Jackson Elementary as a fifth grade teacher! Last year I was a Title Reading/Math teacher for 4th and 5th grade, and am so excited to get to see the kiddo’s again this year as a classroom teacher! I graduated from Iowa State University in 2013 with my B.A. in elementary education with endorsements in Reading/Language arts. I began subbing for the Des Moines district for a little over two years before I was hired at Jackson. I am so excited for the school year to begin and to be learning right along with the kids!
I live with my family in Grimes. My boyfriend Josh and I have three children. Blake and Janaya are both going into first grade and my youngest Addilyn, just turned two. Needless to say, they keep us busy! Occasionally when I get time to myself, I love to read, watch tv, or spend my days at the pool!
First and foremost, I want my classroom to make every child feel safe, welcomed, and loved. In my class we will learn how to work as a team, think critically, and understand how the knowledge we learn applies to real life situations. I want my students to realize that what they are learning now will be applied and used over and over as they grow older. My classroom will have an underlying focus on working together and learning how to be a positive impact on our community. We must learn how to be Caring, Respectful and Responsible. We must know that mistakes are a part of learning and making mistakes is when you learn the most. Having a growth mindset and knowing we will keep trying until we succeed is an important goal in my class. My classroom will focus more on student led learning- with students working together and teaching each other.
I don’t want my students to read just because they “have to”, but because they have a chance to live in another world and experience life through someone else’s eyes. To think critically about what they read in order to make decisions and apply this knowledge to the reality they live in. To learn about themselves and the world around them. I want my students to understand that Math is not just solving problems. It is not only understanding HOW we do things, but WHY we do it and WHEN we use these skills.