Team 7-1

Brenda Cornwell

E: brenda.cornwell@dmschools.org

Kaitlin Doyle

7th Grade Science

E: kaitlin.doyle@dmschools.org

Kathy Bakken

Title I Reading Instructional Support

E: kathryn.bakken@dmschools.org

Biography

I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Buena Vista University and my Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa. My teaching experience before coming to Des Moines in 2001 was at Diagonal Community Schools and South O’Brien Community Schools. While in Des Moines I have been the teacher librarian at Morris Elementary School, Capital View Elementary School, and Roosevelt High School. I am looking forward to working with the staff and students at Hiatt Middle School as a Title Reading teacher and 7th grade support teacher. I am married and have three daughters, four grandchildren, three stepchildren, and two step grandchildren. Reading, walking, swimming, boating, and most water activities are things we enjoy.

Marilyn Buss

E: marilyn.buss@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

Mark Schnurstein

Instructional Coach

E: mark.schnurstein@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Mark Schnurstein. In 1993 I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a major in Chemistry education, and a minor in Biology. In 1999 I received my master’s degree in teaching from Webster University in Kansas City. Over my life time I have done many jobs, and one thing that I learned was that I LOVE to teach. The only thing that I love more than teaching is my wife and two kids. Growing up in Alaska, traveling around the US and the world has fostered an excitement for learning and how the world works. I enjoy looking at how science directly affects our world, country, our state, and ultimately ourselves.

 

Mr. Schnurstein's weebly: http://mrschnurstein.weebly.com/

Melissa Boyer-Sunga

7th Grade Math

E: melissa.boyersunga@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

Sarah Civgin

E: sarah.civgin@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

 

Tracy Draeger

E: tracey.draeger@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Tracy Draeger and I am one of the 7th grade social studies teachers.  I have been teaching since 1998. I have taught a variety of subjects, but have been at the middle school level my entire career.  When I am not in school, I spend most of my time watching my children play sports.  If time allows, I enjoy cheering on the Hawkeyes.