5th Grade

Blaine Gillaspey

5th Grade Teacher

E: blaine.gillaspey@dmschools.org


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.

Deb Hesse

5th Grade Teacher

E: deborah.hesse@dmschools.org


Deb has been at Hanawalt since 2001, she currently teaches 3rd grade. She has been married for 32 years and has two adult sons who live in the Des Moines area, two grandsons and a granddaughter. When she is not at school Deb enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends on the lake and supporting the Iowa State Cyclones. Deb feels very blessed to be a part of the Hanawalt Community.

Follow Deb on Twitter mrshesse@Hanawalt204

Chelsea Van Der Molen

5th Grade Teacher

E: chelsea.vandermolen@dmschools.org



Chelsea grew up in Newton, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and will graduate with her master's degree from Drake University in December of 2018. Chelsea has been teaching at Hanawalt since 2012. She lives in Des Moines with her husband Adam and together they enjoy music, watching basketball, and traveling.



Website: http://mrsvdm.weebly.com/