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.

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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 Elementary School
Handler: Jocelyn Kyte
jkyte@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

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PAXTON

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

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Ranger

Grant Wood Elementary School
Handler: Tisha Clark Smith
tclark@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.

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