Judy Gerst Staff Photo
Subjects Taught
Language Arts, Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies


Wapello Elementary School

Wapello Jr./Sr. High School:  Graduated in 1978

Muscatine Community College:  Received AA degree in 1980

Iowa Wesleyan College:  Received BA degree in Elementary Education in 1982

University of Iowa:  Took graduate classes


Substitute taught in surrounding communities from 1982-1991

Head varsity softball coach at Morning Sun for 3 years

Jr. High Volleyball coach from 1985-1998

Fresh/Soph Volleyball coach from 1999-2009

Jr. High Basketball coach for a few years

Taught second grade at Wapello Elem. for 7 years

Currently teaching third grade at Wapello Elem.


I am a lifelong resident of Wapello.  I grew up on a farm 5 miles southeast of town.  I graduated from Wapello High School in 1978.  From there, I attended and graduated from Muscatine Community College in 1980.  I then graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1982 with a teaching degree and also a coaching endorsement.  

My husband Kirk (who was my high school sweetheart) and I were married in 1979.  Our first daughter, Kiley Ann, was born in 1982.  Our second daughter, Sara Lynne, was born in 1986.

I have been involved in many sports throughout the years.  I have coached softball, basketball, and volleyball at the jr./sr. high level.  I also have been involved in youth league, both softball and soccer, as a volunteer coach.

My extended family includes 3 grandchildren:  Kristina Raelynne, who is currently in 7th grade, Brooklyn Ryley, who is in 2nd grade, and Kyler William Allen,  who is in 1st grade.  Of course, they are the most wonderful, beautiful children in the world!!