This will be Blaine’s third year at Hanawalt. Blaine has lived in Des Moines for most of her life. She attended Iowa State University where she majored in Psychology. Blaine went on to get her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Iowa. She has recently been licensed in the State of Iowa as a LMSW. Blaine currently works for Orchard Place Child Guidance Center as a School-Based mental health therapist. She has enjoyed working with all types of families and children . Her previous experience includes working in a private preschool as a teacher, working for Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS) as a Resident Advisor, working with SUCCESS at Hoyt Middle School, and most recently working at Mitchell Early Childhood Center as a Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant. Blaine has tons of hobbies, but mostly she likes to stay active. Some of Blaine’s favorite sports to play are soccer, tennis,volleyball and she loves to run. Blaine also enjoys traveling. Blaine has been all over the world and takes great pleasure in learning about different cultures..
Michelle has worked in the district for nine years and this will be her second year as a Special Education Consultant. She provides support to four buildings in the district this year. Prior to working as a consultant, she taught special education and worked with students in grade K-5. Outside of school she has two children that keep her busy with all of their school activities!
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.
Susan has been working with kids for more than 20 years. This is her fourth year working at Hanawalt Metro Kids. It is a wonderful place to work. Metro kids have the best support from the Hanawalt administration, staff, PTA, and parents. Susan has been married for over 30 years to her husband, Chris. They have 3 daughters, 1 son-in-law, one grandson, and a grandchild due in August.
Terry Thomas is a Special Ed. Associate. Terry has been at Hanawalt since August 1999. She has over thirty years’ experience working with individuals of all ages who are special needs. She has a Bachelors Degree in American Studies. She is married and has two children. Her children are both Hanawalt graduates.
Vikki has been at Hanawalt over 16 years and simply couldn’t imagine herself at any other school! Vikki has had the privilege to learn many things about herself while working with students as a special needs associate.
Vikki attended DMACC where she focused on early childhood education. Vikki’s greatest rewards from her position are watching the children become independent thinkers and learning alongside each gifted student. Vikki feels Hanawalt has some of the best educators in the world. Outside of the regular school day, she continues to focus on children and their educational experiences by providing social community learning.
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.