Classrooms

Anne Vanderheiden

E: anne.vanderheiden@dmschools.org

Biography

I graduated from Northeast Missouri State with my criminal justice degree, but I have a love for children. That love, lead me back to Drake University to pursue my teaching degree with an emphasis in special education. I have been teaching for 25 years. I began teaching at Hiatt in 2007. I am married to my husband of 30+ years, Chuck. We have two sons, one is 31 and the other 29 years old. I also have 2 grandsons that bring great joy into my life. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, shopping, and being at the racetrack.

Becky VanHoweling

Math

E: becky.vanhoweling@dmschools.org

Biography

I graduated from Grand View with my special education degree in December of 2001.   I started my teaching career at Hiatt in 2002.  In 2005, I received my Masters of Education from Graceland University in Quality Teaching Strategies. I live in Pella, but I don’t mind the commute because it gives me some time to myself.    I have two daughters, that keep my husband and I very busy with all of their activities.  In my free time, I love spending time outdoors, going to sprint car races, and spending time with friends and family.

Brenda Cornwell

E: brenda.cornwell@dmschools.org

Brent Parrott

6th Grade Literacy

E: brent.parrott@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

Celeste Rosas

English Language Learners

E: celeste.rosas@dmschools.org

Cindy Welsh

Special Education Associate

E: cindy.welsch@dmschools.org

Biography

I am currently in a Structured Learning classroom. Besides numerous years in different special education classrooms I have been in tech ed and art. I graduated from Simpson College in 2009. I spend my spare time with friends, my two grown sons, doing DIY projects with my husband or sewing.

Connie Auxier-Grau

8th Grade Math

E: connie.auxiergrau@dmschools.org

Courtney Bright

E: courtney.bright@dmschools.org

Biography

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!!!!

Derrick Ogden

Art

E: derrick.ogden@dmschools.org

Genesis Ubinas

Behavior Disorder Teacher

P: 515-242-7774 | E: genesis.ubinas@dmschools.org

Haley Davis

Science

E: haley.davis@dmschools.org

Jeff Burns

Science

E: jeff.burns@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

http://hiattscience.wikispaces.com/

http://sciencewithburns.weebly.com/

 

 

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Jenie Schmidt

Literacy Teacher

E: jenie.schmidt@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

 

Jessica Klages

Language Arts

E: jessica.klages@dmschools.org

Kaitlin Doyle

7th Grade Science

E: kaitlin.doyle@dmschools.org

Kathryn Murillo

Math - 6

E: kathryn.luksetich@dmschools.org

Biography

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!

Kelly Giboo

BD teacher

P: 515.242.7774 | E: kelly.giboo@dmschools.org

Krista Womble

Core Subjects & Social Skills SpEd - 6, 7 & 8

E: krista.womble@dmschools.org

Biography

I graduated from Iowa State Univiersity with a K-8 Education Degree.  I have been teaching in the Stuctured Learning/Autism/MD room for the last 6 years.  Before that, I taught students with behavior disabilities at Hiatt and East High.  In my free time, I love to be around my family and pets, and friends.  I enjoy gardening, music, reading and cooking.

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/

Marty Simpson

E: marty.simpson@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

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.

Michelle Vincent

Special Ed

E: michelle.vincent@dmschools.org

Mishelle Johnson

7th Grade Global Studies & 6th Grade Geography

E: mishelle.johnson@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

Natalie Francis

6th Grade Math

E: natalie.francis@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

Nick Christensen

Physical Education

E: nicholas.christensen@dmschools.org

Biography

have taught at Amos Hiatt since the fall of 2003.  I have taught math, science, and I currently teach physical education.  I coach various sports at Amos Hiatt and around the Des Moines Public Schools district.  My wife, Jamie and I have four delightful children!

Nikki Lair

6th Grade Civics

E: nichole.lair@dmschools.org

Biography

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Patty Gronewold

E: patty.gronewold@dmschools.org

Biography


I began teaching at Amos Hiatt in the fall of 1988.  I have taught math at all three grades over the years.  I have served Hiatt outside the classroom in a variety of ways.

I am married and have two children.  We live on the East side of Des Moines.  Both of my children graduated from East High School.  Outside of school I enjoy being with my family, sports, and reading.

Rachel Crane

8th Grade Science

E: rachel.crane@dmschools.org

Biography

I have been teaching at Hiatt since 2015 and I enjoy sharing my passion for science and understanding how the world works with students here.  I am originally from Mason City, Iowa, earned my Bachelor degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, and my Master in Education degree from Pace University in New York.  I returned to Iowa after teaching in New York and Chicago for 9 years.  I live with my husband, Mike, our son, Stanley, and my daughter, Harriet.

Renae Doyle

Math

E: renae.anderson@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

Ryan Hawkins

ELL Teacher

P: 515.242.7774 | E: ryan.hawkins@dmschools.org

Sarah Civgin

Special Ed - Math

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.

 

Suzet Nelson

Family & Consumer Science

E: suzet.nelson@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi! I'm the Family and Consumer Science Teacher.  This is my ninth year of teaching and my first year at Hiatt Middle School. 6, 7 & 8th graders learn about finances, careers, the human body, sewing, and food through a variety of hands on activities.  Every class has access to our amazing Community Garden as well! I'm looking forward to many fantastic learning experiences with our students.

Tracy Draeger

8th Grade Civics

E: tracy.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.

Velida Kovacevic

Title I Math Instructional Support

E: velida.kovacevic@dmschools.org

Biography

I have been with a DMPS district since 2000. I graduated from Grand View University and became a Mathematics and Physics Teacher 5-12 in 2009. I am married and have two children.  My hobbies are sewing and crafting.

Virginia Martin

Instructional Coach

E: virginia.martin@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello! I am the Visual Arts Educator for 6-8th grade. This is my fourth year at Amos Hiatt and I am loving every minute! I recently switched to a "choice-based art" philosophy. In the choice art room we focus on teaching artistic behavior vs. focusing on specific projects. The students are able to choose what they want to do during class and I they love it! see http://teachingforartisticbehavior.org if you would like to learn more about choice art.

I graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in K-6 Elementary Education and K-8 Art Education. I am currently attending Iowa State University in the Curriculum and Instructional Technology graduate program. I am learning all I can about infusing technology into learning in this technology rich world.

Links

www.hiattart.blogspot.com