Students cuddle with therapy dog

Therapy Dog Program

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

BCSD Therapy Dogs

The Bettendorf Community School District currently has a team of professional therapy/certified assistance dogs working with counseling staff in the Bettendorf Community School District. The therapy dog program has been funded in part through the Bettendorf Community School Foundation and Scott County Regional Authority (SCRA).



Neil Armstrong Elementary
Handler: Jodi Hanson



Bettendorf Middle School
Handler: Jessica Blaum

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Grant Wood Elementary
Handler: Heather McCoy



Grant Wood Elementary School
Handler: Tisha Clark Smith

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