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Resides: Marshalltown

Hometown: Neola


Family: I am married to Mike Loupee and have three sons: Aaron, 24, who lives in Florida, and twins Nate, 2 and Jake, 2. My parents are Donna and Orie Nelson, of Neola. I have an older brother, Brian, of Des Moines.

Pets: Lola, a 2.5 year-old standard poodle we also call our “triplet.”

Hobbies and interests: Reading while at the beach, watching baseball or football, cross-stitching, crocheting and being with family.


Occupation: I am a business teacher at Marshalltown High School.

What that means: I teach non-computer business courses like accounting, financial literacy, marketing and principles of business. I get the chance to work with high schoolers and watch as they develop into amazing, young adults.

Tenure: I will begin my 13th year in August.

If I could change jobs I would be a/do: A cultural anthropologist, because I am fascinated by the way people have changed throughout time.


Book: The 1940-50s era “Betsy and Tracy” children’s series by Maud Hart Lovelace and “Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral” by Kris Radish.

Movies: “Casablanca,” directed by Michael Curtiz, and “Stand By Me,” directed by Rob Reiner.

Food: Anything Italian with red sauce.

Sports: The Green Bay Packers of the National Football League, the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball and MHS Swimming.


Best part of living here: I greatly enjoy the neighborhood we live in and the support our community gives to local initiatives.

Most influential people: My mom, because when I was growing up she did it all well. Now, it is my husband, Mike, because he is always giving back to MHS.

Local involvement: I am treasurer of Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, treasurer of the Marshalltown Education Association and a member of MEA’s contract negotiation team.

Advice on life: “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”- Art Williams.

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