Group Leader & Instructor - Spring 2016

Dear Fellow London Travelers –

My name is Eden Pearson, and I am the lead instructor for the DMACC Study Abroad Program in Spring 2016. I am so excited to be leading a group of DMACC students to London!

Here’s a little background on me. I was born in Arizona and attended the University of Arizona where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Marketing. I married my husband between our junior and senior years of college, and when he graduated, he got a job at WHO-Radio in Des Moines. He was from Illinois, so we had no family here, but we packed up our dog and cat in our 1979 Ford Pinto and headed east.

I received my Master of Arts degree in English from Drake University and taught there while I went to school. Upon graduation, I served as the Marketing Director for a statewide savings and loan association, attended Drake Law School (never graduated), had two children, and moved to St. Paul for my husband’s job at Minnesota Public Radio.

When we returned to Iowa, we moved to southwest Iowa, where we lived on a farm and had another child. I taught at Southwestern Community College for many years until my husband decided to open an Edward Jones financial services office in Winterset. We moved to a different farm in Madison County and I had our fourth, and final, child. During my time in Winterset, we owned the Winterset Roller Rink and I produced a quilting show for public television called “So Many Quilts.”

I began teaching at DMACC in 1999, and I completed my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State in 2007. My husband, Mark Pearson, died of a sudden heart attack in June 2012 and I moved from the farm to Clive in October 2014.

As mentioned, I have four kids: Mike and his wife, Heidi; Katie and her husband, Matt; Betsy and her husband, Greg; and Ellie, the youngest. Mike and Heidi own a cattle feeding operation in Grinnell; Mike hosts IPTV’s Market to Market and Heidi works in marketing at the Grinnell hospital. Katie teaches first grade and Matt is an emergency room nurse; they have a year-old son. Betsy sells radio time for iHeart Media and Greg is an Assistant Vice President at Wells Fargo. Ellie just graduated from high school, lives in Ames, and attends DMACC in Boone.

I am looking forward to utilizing London as our classroom. I hope most of the students will be able to take HUM 116 “Humanities Through the Arts,” but if not, we will still be able to visit the cultural sights and sounds of England’s largest city and have English literature come to life!

If you have any questions, or if I can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My office phone is 515-964-6577, but e-mail is the best way to contact me because it’s attached to my cell phone. My e-mail is