Other Staff

Meredith Bell

ELL Teacher

E: meredith.bell@dmschools.org

Class Description

English Language Learners (ELL) is a program supporting students in language objectives in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  There are more than 12 languages spoken in the Hanawalt community, and more than 100 languages spoken in the households that make up DMPS! Hanawalt is delighted to hold a culturally rich and diverse population, where every student has a story.


Please contact Meredith or Issa Abdinoor (BCO Worker) for more information on services for interpretation and translation.






Meredith Bell has worked for Des Moines Public Schools since 2011.  She loves getting to know the students, staff, parents and families in the Hanawalt community.  She is thankful for her experiences teaching at Central Campus High School Intensive English Language Center and Merrill Middle School before coming to Hanawalt.


Tom Garner


P: 515-242-8411 | E: thomas.garner@dmschools.org


Tom has worked for the Des Moines district for fourteen years. The first ten at Hanawalt.  He left for 4 years to work in another building and realized how much he missed Hanawalt, so he came back.  Tom and his wife Jeanne and have an extended family that they are very proud of. They have five grown children and eight wonderful grandchildren.  When not at Hanawalt Tom enjoys anything outdoors.

Deb Hutton

Office Manager

E: deborah.hutton@dmschools.org


Deb was born in Michigan and lived in Maryland before moving to Iowa where she graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy which is now Dowling Catholic High School. She has a Bachelor of Arts education from Simpson College in both Physical and Elementary Education. Prior to Des Moines Public Schools, she worked for Principal Financial Group and Meredith Corporation. Deb started with the district in 2001 in the Learning Supports Program and has been Hanawalt’s Office Manager since 2006. She lives in West Des Moines with her husband Greg and they have three daughters and four grandchildren.

Sandy WIllett


E: sandra.willett@dmschools.org


I have been the school nurse here at Hanawalt since 1995.    I graduated from the University of Iowa with my BSN.  I have one daughter who also graduated from Iowa and is working in Ames.  I obviously love being here at Hanawalt and working with our students, staff, and parents.