7th grade

Courtney Bright

E: courtney.bright@dmschools.org


I graduated from Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii.  I have been a teacher at Amos Hiatt Middle School for 9 years and volleyball coach for 7 years.  I have one son and am expecting a 2nd child in April 2013.  I enjoy spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, and having fun with my family.  I am also the Iowa Director and Transport Coordinator for a midwest dog rescue that saves the lives of countless hunting dogs (German Shortharied Pointers and English Pointers).  My favorite thing about Hiatt is the students.  They make it fun to come to work every day!!!!

Elizabeth Green

E: elizabeth.green@dmschools.org


I teach 6th and 7th grade math at Amos Hiatt Middle School.  This is my second year teaching at Hiatt and I have truly enjoyed working with the staff and forming relationships with my students.  I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Education and a minor in Special Education. I am originally from Harlan, Iowa and have lived in Des Moines for 2 years.

Kaitlin Doyle

7th Grade Science

E: kaitlin.doyle@dmschools.org

Marilyn Buss

E: marilyn.buss@dmschools.org


Hi, my name is Marilyn Buss and I am currently a 7th grade Language Arts teacher here at Hiatt Middle School. I am also the Gifted and Talented Advocate for all GT students at Hiatt and the 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach.  I earned my teaching degree at Drake University and my Master's degree in Literacy Education from Drake University in 2014.  I also played on the softball team while at Drake.  You can find me reading a good book or riding my bike during the summer. I love being active and outside as much as possible. I have two dogs, Truman and Oliver.

Mary Fitzwater

E: mary.fitzwater@dmschools.org


As an 8th Grade Social Studies teacher I am responsible for teaching 8th grade Civics with an emphasis on citizenship and how our government works.

I graduated with honors from Iowa State University with a degree in Elementary Education and hold endorsements in the following areas: K – 8 Social Studies, K – 8 Reading, K – 8 Multi-categorical Special Class with Integration, K – 8 Instructional Strategist I; Mild/Moderate; K – 8 Health, and K – 12 Athletic Coach.

Socials Studies is my passion and I have been teaching in this area for a number of years. Today more than ever it is important for our students to learn and understand about their own country as well as countries and cultures around the world so they are prepared for life beyond high school. Whether that is going to college or trade school or jumping right into the job market. Our world it is expanding rapidly and it is important to know how Americans are involved from the local level on up to the national level and beyond, to our responsibilities in the world. This is what the Des Moines Public Schools Social Studies curriculum is prepared to do, get our students ready for the 21st century and beyond!

Melissa Boyer-Sunga

7th Grade Math

E: melissa.boyersunga@dmschools.org


I graduated from Drake University in 1995 with a degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and began my teaching career in Des Moines.  In 2008 I moved to Laramie, Wyoming with my family where I continued teaching.  In 2011 I returned to Des Moines with my husband and three sons.

Mishelle Johnson

7th Grade Global Studies & 6th Grade Geography

E: mishelle.johnson@dmschools.org


I teach 7th Grade Global studies at Hiatt Middle School.  I graduated from Simpson College in 1984 with a Bachelor’s Degree.  I taught middle school reading in Ventura, Iowa, for two years.  In 1990, I began teaching in the Des Moines Public School District.  I graduated from Drake University in 1996, with a Master’s Degree.

Renae Doyle


E: renae.anderson@dmschools.org


I graduated from Wartburg College in May 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in middle school math and science. I currently live in Des Moines wih my dog Yadi. In my spare time, you will usually find me watching sports, scrapbooking, spending time outside, or hanging out with friends and family.

Sarah Cutwright

7th Grade Language Arts

E: sarah.cutwright@dmschools.org


       I started my teaching career in 2001; in 2007 I took some time off to be home with my two young boys, although I continued private tutoring for middle and high school students.  During that time, I also did some work with young adults with Autism and intellectual disabilities.  My first year at Hiatt Middle School was 2015, and it's fantastic being back in the classroom.  I'm a lover of books of all kinds, but also enjoy camping, fishing, and biking. 

Selena Meinders


E: selena.rinehart@dmschools.org