Maddie started teaching at Hanawalt in the Fall of 2021 and is originally from Clive, IA. She graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, with degrees in Vocal Music Education and Instrumental Music Education. After graduating St. Olaf, she earned a Fulbright grant to teach English in Laos, where she taught from 2019-2020. She loves teaching elementary music because she gets the chance to see students’ curiosity, imagination, and creativity shine in many different ways. In her free time, she enjoys running, working out, tennis, learning languages, and playing/singing in music ensembles.
My name is Sarah Sheeley and I am so excited to be Hanawalt’s Art Teacher! I have been teaching Art in the district for the past 7 years and feel like by coming to Hanawalt I am coming home to a place I will get to be and stay at for a very long part of my teaching career! I am a practicing artist who does a lot of painting, jewelry, and fiber arts. I studied at Kansas City Art Institute after graduating from DMPS in 2006, then moved back and attended Drake University for my degree in Arts Education. My husband, Heith, and I and our mini Australian Shephard, Cedar, are expanding our family this year and will be welcoming a new baby girl mid October! I look forward to infusing her life with creativity and art just like I strive to do in my teaching. When I am not making or teaching art I love to spend time watching Heith cook (he is a chef!) and obviously taste testing. I also enjoy spending time in nature, reading, practicing yoga, travelling and going to see live music whenever possible. I am so excited to be a paet of the Hanawalt family! Thank you to everyone who has given me such a warm welcome!
Brock Van Loon
Brock graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in the Fall of 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health Education. He is going into his first year of teaching in 2021 and couldn’t be more excited to start his career at Hanawalt. In his free time, Brock likes to watch sports and stay outdoors. Brock also coaches middle school football and high school baseball.