Students cuddle with therapy dog

Therapy Dog Program

The BCSD Therapy Dogs are professional trained and certified to work with our students, counselors and teachers.

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AKIN

Neil Armstrong Elementary
Handler: Jodi Hanson
johanson@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

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EGYPT

Grant Wood Elementary
Handler: Heather McCoy
hmccoy@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

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PACIFIC

Paul Norton & Thomas Jefferson Elementaries
Handler: Jocelyn Kyte
jkyte@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

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PAXTON

Herbert Hoover Elementary
Handler: Kris McKissick
kmckissick@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

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Ranger

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
Handler: Tisha Clark Smith
tclark@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

Handler: Janelle Cook
jcook@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

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Tinker

Mark Twain Elementary School
Handler: Shannon Harmon
sharmonn@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

The Bettendorf Community School District currently has five professional therapy/certified assistance dogs working with counseling staff in the Bettendorf Community School District: Grant Wood Elementary, Herbert Hoover Elementary, Neil Armstrong Elementary, Paul Norton Elementary and Thomas Jefferson Elementary.

BCSD Therapy Dogs

Student nose to nose with therapy dog

Professional Therapy Dogs

  • Provide emotional and physical support
  • Model good behavior, tolerance, acceptance
  • Assist with counseling lessons and character education
  • Teach responsibility including responsible human-animal interaction
  • Support learning and academic success
  • Provide stress relief and help to relieve anxiety and depression
  • Encourage and inspire a love for reading
  • Improve the ability to trust
  • Improve socialization and communication
  • Model and teach kindness and compassion

BCSD therapy dogs and handlers