Blaine Gillapsey grew up in Des Moines and attended Samuelson, Meredith, and then graduated from Hoover. He then went on to get his education degree at Iowa State Univeristy, then following that, he received his Masters of Science in Education at Drake. He started teaching in Des Moines in 1988 at Moulton and taught there for 15 years, including grades 2, 4, 5, and 6. He then came to Hanawalt in 2003 and has been teaching 5th grade ever since.
Jill Tyler loves to be a teacher at Hanawalt. She loves teaching all subjects especially science, social studies and health. She went to the University of Iowa for her undergraduate degree in teaching. She has a reading and social studies endorsement and a master’s degree in education. She has taught reading, Kindergarten, 4th grade, 6th grade, and language arts. She looks forward to teaching 5th grade this year. She loves to be with family, ride her bicycle, and to be outdoors.