Thea Nicholas

Thea Nicholas

Work History

Work History

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

Teacher at Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center for Pastoral Care Specialist Program

Topic: Spiritual Abuse

Feb 2007 - Present

Presenter for senior Osteopathy Medical Students, panel discussion 

topic: What is Spirit?

May 1966 - Aug 1969

assistant supervisor

Davenport Speech Clinic

Speech therapist in a private clinic

Was assistant to the director in charge of personnel, scheduling, on-site training

Sep 1966 - Jun 1969


Davenport Public Schools

Speech Therapist



Feb 2003 - May 2004

MA, Theology and the Arts

Untied Theological Seminary of the Twin-Cities
Aug 1996 - Jan 1998

General Theological Seminary
Sep 1962 - Mar 1966

BS, Speech Therapy, Audiology, Voice Therapy

Sep 1962 - Mar 1966


Sep 1962 - Mar 1966

BS, Speech Therapy, Audiology, Voice Therapy



Classroom Management

Classroom Management

Creates equitalbe learning environment while establishing clear expectations for attaining learning outcomes. Makes extensive use of interactive, flexible components to the programming that targets individual learning gaps and backgrounds.

Mentoring for Success

Skilled mentor with success in meeting needs of diverse student population.  Inspire and direct adolescents in reaching high educational standards.  Facilitates development of consistent learner outcomes through continued education, professional associations and participation in local, regional and national workshops.

Story Telling

Telling stories to teach ideas.  Adapts well-known fairy tales from Western Literature as well as from African-American, Asian and Central America cultures.  Features Creation Tales from around the world as well as Cinderella Around the World and Giants Around the World.  Stories incorporate environmentally sound activies, where appropriate and to the appropriate age/learning level.  


gardening, reading, multicultural activities, classical music, opera, yoga, history


To connect children to nature through stories, creative activities and hands-on outdoor experiences whenever possible.


A dedicated storyteller who uses her specialized background in horticultural therapy to enable children to find appropriate and fulfulling connections with their natural environment. Extensive experience in incorprating stories, characters, critical thinking skills and the environment. Teaches to curriculum standards.  Delivers exceptional educational hands-on  experiences for Primary and Secondary Levels.



Jan 1992 - Present

Master Gardners of Polk County

Iowa State Extension Service
Sep 2008 - Apr 2009

Institute of Compassionate Presence

Servite Center of Mary
Sep 2004 - Jun 2006

Pastoral Care Specialist

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Sep 2004 - May 2006

Spiritual Direction

Christos Center
Sep 1999 - Apr 2001

Horticultural Therapy

American Horticultural Therapy Association
Jun 1996 - Aug 1996

Clinical Pastoral Education

Iowa Lutheran Hospital
Sep 1987 - May 1993

Education for Ministry

University of the South



Susan Swanson

Kristie Burns