Meet the staff of LS-C

By Marcie Klomp

Last week, the Herald started introducing the area to the staff at Lime Springs-Chester Elementary. This week the task continues.

Melissa and Mike Adams with Kaleb and Kelsey

Melissa and Mike Adams with Kaleb and Kelsey

Melissa Adams (Third grade)

Melissa Adams and hubby Mike have been married 13 years and have two children, Kaleb (7) and Kelsey (4). They live in the country west of Lime Springs.

This year she is teaching third grade and has been at H-W for seven years. Prior to that, Adams taught at Postville Community School District.

“We raise purebred, registered Angus cattle and Mike is the vocational agriculture teacher at Crestwood High School.


He also advises the Crestwood FFA Chapter and is a wrestling coach,” added Melissa.

She got her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education from University of Northern Iowa.

The biggest change from when she went to school is the books. “We used a lot of workbooks when I was a student.”

This year, “I am excited to work with a great group of kids and to help them grow as learners. I am also excited to integrate more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills into our school curriculum.” Her favorite parts of her job are the students’ smiles and successes.

“I don’t have just one favorite memory. I love watching a student fall in love with a book or series and become so involved that they can barely put it down!”

She and her family enjoy the outdoors. “We like hiking, fishing and camping. I am also an avid reader and find reading a great book to be super relaxing!”

--holstromBarb Holstrom (Elementary Music)

Holstrom’s husband, Jim, owns Holstrom Jewelers in downtown Cresco, where they live, and the couple’s family includes son Chris and wife Kristin with children Cole and Natalie; and daughter Brittany and Scott Tieskotter.

After graduating from UNI, she taught music at Protivin and Aplington. Holstrom has taught at H-W since 1985.

Her goals for this year are to make it possible for each student to find at least one thing they are good at concerning music, and have it be something they can carry with them into their adult lives.

“The biggest change from when I went to school is that we used to have to dial Luther college with a rotary phone and place the receiver in a dock to have access to the one and only computer at the high school. The printer printed in letters to make graphic designs.” Don’t laugh, it was high-tech at the time!

Holstrom says her favorite part of the job is when the students achieve a new skill in music.

“One of my favorite memories at H-W was when I was directing junior high choirs, and we did the song ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine.’ We had four students dress like the California raisins and they did the raisin dance routine during the song.”

For relaxation, Holstrom likes beading, crafts and is trying to do some work with stained glass. “I also like to spend time with my two grandchildren. I play organ as a sub at church and give private guitar and piano lessons.”

--hw-tammiTammi Kalvelage (Paraprofessional)

Tammi Kalvelage and husband Ken have been married 17 years. They have one little dog, Biscuit, a miniature dachsund, at their home in Cresco.

She is currently a Certified Paraprofessional II and is in the Lime Springs-Chester fourth-fifth grade classroom. She has been at Howard-Winneshiek for 14 years.

Right out of college, she worked at a CPA firm in Davenport. She was also an office manager for a pharmacy. Kalvelage earned her Accounting degree from Hawkeye Tech in Waterloo.

The biggest change she has noticed in school is “The way the kids act towards each other and staff. There is not as much respect, and discipline is handled much differently, too.”

Her goal for this year is that the kids learn as much as they can and succeed to their potential. “I hope I am a big asset in that learning process.”

Her favorite part of the job is “working with the kids and seeing the smile on their faces when they have accomplished something difficult.” That goes along with her favorite memory of hugs and thank yous from the kids.

Kalvelage’s hobbies are reading, cooking and being with her family.



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