2nd Grade

Tim Tutt

2nd Grade Teacher

E: timothy.tutt@dmschools.org


Tim is a second and third grade teacher. He began working for the Des Moines Public Schools August of '89, and started as a half-time teacher at Hanawalt in August 1990. He has been at Hanawalt longer than any other teacher in the building. Tim earned his B.A. graduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, who majored in Spanish and Elementary Education. He attended Central High School in Davenport, IA. Tim is a native of western Kentucky, where he credits getting his southern demeanor, along with his passion for civil rights, from living in a racially-segregated community in the 60s. He is a proud Iowa resident since starting second grade in 1970, who grew up and served for Governors Vilsack and Culver in the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.Tim is such a proud Iowan, that he's also been to each of Iowa's 99 counties. He is also a recipient of a Milken National Educator Award in 1998, who also was featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine in 2000. Finally, Tim is an avid fan of trains, traveling, Crocs (the shoes), music, and, most of all, his students, friends and family.

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Sara von Arb

2nd Grade Teacher

E: sara.vonarb@dmschools.org


Sara von Arb was born and raised in Le Mars, Iowa. She lives in Johnston with her husband, David, and her son, Nick. 

She spent many years in banking before she went back to school to pursue her teaching certification. In January of 2004, she graduated from Upper Iowa University with endorsements in reading, language arts, and social studies. She joined Hanawalt School in August of 2004. Sara thoroughly enjoys her time with the students, staff, and parents!