6th grade

Brent Parrott

6th Grade Literacy

E: brent.parrott@dmschools.org


Hello, my name is Brent Parrott.  I am a 6th grade literacy teacher at Amos Hiatt Middle School.  I began teaching in 1998, and have been employed at Hiatt since 2001.  As always, I am very excited to get to know our new students, and look forward to helping them throughout the school year.

Jeff Burns

6th Grade Science

E: jeff.burns@dmschools.org


My name is Jeff Burns, from Indianola Iowa. After High school I worked on my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Iowa State University where I met my lovely wife, who also teaches science. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Education from Simpson College in 2007.  I have been teaching at Hiatt Middle School ever since. In my free time I love to spend time with my family, watch Cardinals’ baseball, play slow pitch softball, explore the ocean, and dabble in herpetology.





Mr. Burns' 6th Grade Science - Blog

QOD Padlet Practice



Jenie Schmidt

Literacy Teacher

E: jenie.schmidt@dmschools.org


I have been teaching in the Des Moines Public Schools since 2002, all at Amos Hiatt. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Luther and my Master’s Degree from Graceland University. I am very proud to say I grew up on the Eastside of Des Moines. Growing up I attended Adams Elementary, Goodrell Middle School, and graduated from East High School. Go Scarlets!! When I am not at school I love spending time with my wonderful husband Mike and our beautiful daughters Allison and Samantha.


Kathryn Murillo

Math - 6

E: kathryn.luksetich@dmschools.org


I graduated from University of Northern Iowa with an Elementary and Middle School dual degree with an emphasis in math. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with family and friends biking, swimming, sewing, traveling, and reading. I look forward to working with you and your child!

Marty Simpson

E: marty.simpson@dmschools.org


I have been at Hiatt for two years in the special education department. I have lived in Des Moines all my life and am a graduate of Dowling High School and Upper Iowa University. I am married (Denise) and have two boys (Trent and Nick), the oldest at Ellsworth Community College and the youngest attends St. Theresa's School. I have enjoyed coaching youth sports and now enjoy watching my boys in their sports and time with my family.

Natalie Francis

6th Grade Math

E: natalie.francis@dmschools.org


I have been teaching in Des Moines Public Schools since 1995, and  I have been at Hiatt since 2011.  I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and remain a Panther fan. I am originally from Iowa City, so I am a Hawkeye fan as well.  My husband’s name is Rob, and we have 2 teenage children, Taylor and Marcus.  In my free time, I enjoy being with my family, walking and traveling.  Some of my favorite trips have been with the NASA Explorer School program.

Nikki Lair

6th Grade Civics

E: nichole.lair@dmschools.org




I’ve been teaching since 1998 and am lucky enough to love my job. I have had the privilege of teaching social studies, which is my passion. I was born in Des Moines but grew up in St. Charles, Iowa,  on a farm with my parents and my two brothers.




Renee Johnson

Global Studies - 6th

E: renee.johnson@dmschools.org


I love teaching social studies at Hiatt.  I have 3 boys of my own, and we have a dog and 3 cats. When I have some free time, I enjoy reading, walking our dog, and watching the Cubs play baseball.




Sarah Civgin

Special Ed - Math

E: sarah.civgin@dmschools.org


My name is Sarah Amena Civgin, and this is my 3rd year at Amos Hiatt!  I am currently supporting 7th grade math. I graduated from Grand View University in 2012. I am married and have two big cats.