Linda has worked for DMPS for 24 years. She graduated from Iowa State and taught Kindergarten at Phillips Elementary in Des Moines for 15 years. She and her husband, Dave, live in the Hanawalt neighborhood. Their three children attended Hanawalt. Mrs. Beeman enjoys reading, spending time with family, going to movies and walking their Brittney named Poppy.
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Kelly Carpenter is married and has two children. She grew up in Elkader, Iowa and comes from a family of teachers. She went to UNI for her undergraduate degree in education with a minor in reading, and has a reading specialist degree along with a master’s degree in education. She taught for several years in California before making Hanawalt her home. Mrs. Carpenter enjoys reading, spending time with her family and traveling.
My name is Callie Deblon and this is my 4th year at Hanawalt and 5th year in the district. I love the community that Hanawalt has, and I feel very lucky to be here. I am a 2nd grade teacher and love 2nd grade so much. I think it’s a “sweet spot” of teaching. I went to Simpson College–go Storm! I live in Des Moines with my husband and Covid-puppy, Kobe. I am excited to make this the best year yet!!
Jill DeLancey joined the Hanawalt Staff in 2017 as the Reading Interventionist after being home with her two children for five years. Prior to that, she was a classroom teacher for 17 years in San Antonio, Iowa City and Johnston. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master’s Degree and Reading Endorsement from Viterbo University, and a Talented and Gifted Endorsement from Morningside College. Throughout her teaching career, she has taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades and loves teaching reading. In her free time, she loves traveling, biking, running with her dog, reading and spending time outside with her husband and two children.
Kerry Esch has been at Hanawalt since 1995. She first started as a teacher associate then taught several different grades including 2nd, 4th and 5th grade. She grew up in Des Moines and went St. Augustin’s, Hubbell and Merrill Junior High and graduated from Roosevelt High School. Her six siblings all graduated from Dowling Catholic High School. She attained her teaching degree from Iowa State and received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Viterbo University, Lacrosse WI. She is married and has a daughter, Alaina and a stepdaughter, Alex who lives in Indianola. She lives with her family and their dogs, Maizy and Murphy. She loves to laugh, read, and be around people.
This is Samantha’s 8th year as a Hanawalt Hawk! She is a graduate of Grand View University where she received her bachelors in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Reading. In her free time Samantha enjoys, reading, writing and doing crafts. Teaching is an absolute passion of Samantha’s and she is very excited for this year in 4th grade!
Shelley is excited to be moving to 4th grade for the 2018/19 school year. She has taught 3rd and 5th grade previously at Hanawalt. She grew up in West Des Moines and lives in Polk City with her 16 yr old son after moving from Ankeny. She obtained her Business Degree from William Penn and later received her Elementary Education Degree from UNI with an endorsement in reading. In her free time she enjoys being outside, reading a good book or spending time with her son.
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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.
Melissa was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from University of Northern Iowa, Melissa taught for three years in Durham, North Carolina and then three years in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Melissa then returned home to Iowa to start a family. During the next 8 years Melissa worked as a Stay-at-Home Mom looking after her husband, Jesse, and her two boys – Theo and Mitch. Once Mitch joined his older brother, Theo, at Hanawalt for the 2013-2014 school year, Melissa returned to her true love of teaching children. Melissa enjoys reading, knitting, craft projects, and spending time with her family.
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.
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.
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.
Randi McNally began her teaching career in Denver, Colorado, in 1997. Over the years, she has taught 3rd-5th grade for Denver Public Schools and PreK at Plymouth Nursery School. She has been a substitute for Des Moines Public Schools since 2016, spending most of her time at Hanawalt. From 2020-2022, Randi was the Children’s Ministry Director at Central Presbyterian Church. She became a full-time teacher at Hanawalt in 2022. Randi and her husband live in Des Moines and have three adult children. She holds degrees from Iowa State and University of Denver, as well as a Reading Endorsement from Morningside College.
Mrs. Nordmeyer has taught at Hanawalt since 2005. Previously, she taught in the West Des Moines, Jesup, and Perry School Districts. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees in education are from the University of Northern Iowa. Her three sons went to Hanawalt, Merrill, and graduated from Roosevelt. Her and her husband love living in Des Moines. She is excited to be a part of the Hanawalt community!
Bailea Pakkebier has been a special education teacher at Hanawalt since 2018. She grew up outside of Chicago and graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa. In her free time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, run, and play the trombone!
Kelli Petersen has been with Des Moines Public Schools since 2010. She has been a special education teacher at South Union, Howe, and now Hanawalt. She is a UNI graduate with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. In her free time she enjoys riding her bike, running, and spending time with her two sons Samuel and Miles.
Gwen Roth-Rauen has been teaching well over twenty years, primarily in Kindergarten and 1st grade, but in other grades as well. She has been a nurse for 31 years and keeps her license current to stay on top of current areas of child development and for further education. She has two grown sons, Michael and Zachary and a daughter, Sophia. She lives in Des Moines’ Beaverdale neighborhood with two large dogs and two large tomcats. Ms. Roth loves her job and thanks all the Hanawalt families, students and staff for this amazing experience every day!
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!
Scot has been in education since 1996. His educational journey started in his hometown of Denison, IA, where he taught elementary for 10 years. His tenure in Des Moines has consisted of teaching assignments at Goodrell and Harding Middle Schools, and two years as an Instructional Technology Coordinator. He loves working with the Hanawalt community as Hanawalt’s first Media Technology Integrationist. He is an alumi of the University of Northern Iowa, where he met his wife. He is a father of 4 boys that have all been made to be die-hard fans of the Chicago Cubs. He spends his summer coaching his sons in baseball and coaching a local high school team.
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Mother of Maggie Thompson and is the past PTA President for Hanawalt Elementary. She has a
BSE in education and has worked with Americorps in conjunction with the Des Moines Public School system to help kindergarten through 3rd graders improve reading and math skills. She is s a full time substitute teacher at Hanawalt and enjoys all the different roles she does to help students.
In his 33 years at Hanawalt, Tim has been a second and third grade teacher. He began working for the Des Moines Public Schools in August of ’89, starting as a half-time teacher at Hanawalt in August 1990. Tim earned his B.A. degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, who majored in Spanish and Elementary Education. He attended Central High School in Davenport, IA. In 2022, at the age of 58, he earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. He completed the work in three semesters and two summer sessions.Tim is a native of western Kentucky, where he credits getting his southern demeanor, along with his passion for civil rights, from living in a racially-segregated community in the 60s. He is a proud Iowa resident since starting second grade in 1970, who grew up and served for Governors Vilsack and Culver in the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Tim is such a proud Iowan, that he’s also been to each of Iowa’s 99 counties. He is also a recipient of a Milken National Educator Award in 1998, who also was featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine in 2000. Finally, Tim is an avid fan of trains, traveling, Crocs (the shoes), music, and, most of all, his students, friends and family.
Jill Tyler loves to be a teacher at Hanawalt. She loves teaching all subjects especially science, social studies and health. She went to the University of Iowa for her undergraduate degree in teaching. She has a reading and social studies endorsement and a master’s degree in education. She has taught reading, Kindergarten, 4th grade, 6th grade, and language arts. She looks forward to teaching 5th grade this year. She loves to be with family, ride her bicycle, and to be outdoors.
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.
Sara Von Arb
Sara von Arb was born and raised in Le Mars, Iowa. She lives in Johnston with her husband, David, and her son, Nick.
She spent many years in banking before she went back to school to pursue her teaching certification. In January of 2004, she graduated from Upper Iowa University with endorsements in reading, language arts, and social studies. She joined Hanawalt School in August of 2004. Sara thoroughly enjoys her time with the students, staff, and parents!
My name is Valerie Wilcox. I serve as the instructional coach for Hanawalt Elementary School. I have been teaching Since 2003. I have been at Hanawalt since 2017. The majority of my career has been in Des Moines teaching at Findley, Edmunds, and Lovejoy. In addition to teaching for Des Moines Public Schools, I have taught in Hoover City, Alabama. I earned my bachelors degree in Elementary Education from The University of Iowa and my masters degree in Education from Viterbo University.