Brian Tate

School Improvement Leader


Chris Schmit

Vice Principal



Chris Schmit grew up in Gilbertville, Iowa.  He earned his degree in elementary and middle level education and his degree in school administration from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.  For 5 years, Mr. Schmit taught in Waterloo – 1 year at Blessed Sacrament and 4 years at Central Middle School.  In 2008, he moved to Le Mars, Iowa to be middle school assistant principal and activities director.  Mr. Schmit arrived at Hiatt Middle School for the 2012-13 school year and serves as the vice principal.  He currently resides in Ankeny with his wife and four daughters.

Debbie Chapman




I have had the privilege of being in education since 1992 as a middle school math teacher, a curriculum coordinator, a professional development consultant, a school improvement leader, and now principal. Most of my career was in Missouri and Arkansas before coming to Iowa in 2008.

My husband, John, and I have three boys: Brett (High School), Brandon (Middle School), and Bryson (Elementary School).  If I am not at school you will find me at a ballgame or concert watching my boys.

I am honored to be associated with the Amos Hiatt Middle School students and staff. I hope you are as proud of them as I am.


Jacob Burke

Behavior Coach / Activities Coordinator


Class Description

I am the Behavior Coach and Activities Coordinator at Amos Hiatt Middle School.

I graduated from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. After graduation, I was hired to teach at a high school in Goodyear, Arizona. I spent 13 years with the Agua Fria Union High School District in many different roles. Originally I was a PE teacher, then I became a Drop-Out Prevention Teacher, and finally I worked as the District’s Title Funding / ELL Coordinator. I also had the privilege to be a part of some very successful athletic programs as I coached various sports including; Basketball, Football, Softball, and Golf.

In the summer of 2014, my wife and I relocated to the Des Moines area.  I am very excited to be the Behavior Coach and Activities Coordinator here at Hiatt Middle School.