Jolene Liebl started her career as a third-grade teacher in Aldine, Texas, a suburb of Houston. She returned to Iowa in 2006 to be a third-grade teacher and then an instructional coach for Newton Community Schools. She accepted the job of principal in Oskaloosa in 2014. Liebl earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Iowa State University, and her master’s degrees in education and educational leadership from Viterbo University in Wisconsin and Iowa State University, respectively.
Eric Lovell grew up in Story City, Iowa until he moved to Des Moines as a teenager. He graduated from Dowling High School and Iowa State University. He is married and has four children. Mr. Lovell has enjoyed teaching at Hanawalt for many years. Working with students at Hanawalt has been, and continues to be a delight.
Mrs. Mireles has eighteen years of experience in education for DMPS, teaching kindergarten and first grade, and the last twelve as a school counselor. During that time she also trained instructional staff members on cultural sensitivity and at the college level, Effects of Poverty. Mrs. Mireles graduated from Upper Iowa with a degree in Elementary Education. She earned a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Drake University and a degree in Educational Leadership from Viterbo University. Having worked in another field prior to teaching, she transfers her real world experiences to make learning relevant and enriching. Mrs. Mireles is thrilled to be working with Hanawalt students, staff and parents to share her passion for lifelong learning.