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 cocker spaniel, Lady.
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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.
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.
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, who both currently attend Hanawalt.
Kerry Esch has been at Hanawalt since 1995. She first started as a teacher associate then taught 2nd, 4th and 5th grade. She has taught 3rd grade for several years and is really excited to be making the move back this year. 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 who attends Hanawalt 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 fifth 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.
Deb has been at Hanawalt since 2001, she is currently teaching 3rd grade after a short stint in 5th grade last year. She has been married for 32 years and has two adult sons who live in the Des Moines area, two grandsons and a granddaughter. When she is not at school Deb enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends on the lake and supporting the Iowa State Cyclones. Deb feels very blessed to be a part of the Hanawalt Community.
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Courtney Ihnen is originally from West Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa with a duel degree in music therapy and K-12 music education. After an AMTA approved music therapy internship, Courtney acquired the credentials Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC), working with children of varying abilities such as: autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, mental disorders and behavior disorders. Courtney has been teaching K-5 music education at Hanawalt since 2012, and received her master’s degree in culturally proficient leadership and learning from Drake University in 2017. She is an active DMPS technology Trailblazer, national Seesaw ambassador, media contact for the Greater Des Moines Orff association, sings with the Des Moines Choral Society, a member of Young Variety- the children’s charity of Iowa and the Des Moines Young Professional Connection. And, considered by her vet to be a, “Good tortoise mom” to Minerva “Shelly” Ihnen.
Samantha Jones-Tweedy grew up in West Des Moines. She graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Art Education. After graduation she spent time in Omaha working through Ameri Corp and started her Master in Elementary Education at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, which she received in 2016. She started working for Des Moines Public in 2012 and was happily assigned to Hanawalt in 2016. Samantha and her husband, Adam, have two wonderful girls, Zaida and Sylvia, and enjoying spending time outside, exploring downtown Des Moines , and crafting.
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.
Haley Manning Graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical and Health Education while also obtaining her personal training certification. She is excited to begin her teaching career as a Hanawalt Hawk this school year. She is passionate about teaching the importance of fitness and instilling healthy habits to watch students progress. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling.
Megan Miller graduated from Iowa State University in May of 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with endorsements in Special Education. She began her teaching career at Hanawalt in 2014. Megan enjoys working in first grade because she loves to see the growth that students make through the year! Megan is married and lives in Des Moines with her husband, Bradley. Together, they enjoy watching & attending hockey games, rollerblading, and traveling.
Laura was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University in December of 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She joined the Kindergarten Team at Hanawalt Elementary in January of 2017. She loves providing engaging learning experiences for her students and enjoys being a part of their amazing growth. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and spending time outdoors being active.
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. She lives in Des Moines with her husband and sons who attended the Des Moines Public Schools. She is excited to be a part of the Hanawalt community.
Bailea Pakkebier is a Speical Education teacher and is new to Hanawalt this school year. She grew up outside of Chicago and graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa. In her free time, she likes to play the trombone, run, and travel the world. She is looking forward to getting to know all of her students this school year.
This is Gwen Roth-Rauen’s fifth year at Hanawalt. She has been teaching well over twenty years, primarily in Kindergarten, 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, 23, Zachary, 22 and a Roosevelt Freshman, Sophia. She lives in Des Moines’ Beaverdale neighborhood with Sophia, Zach, 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!
Angela Smith is beginning her 16th year teaching special education in Des Moines. This will be her 1st year at Hanawalt. Angela has also taught at South Union Elementary and Stowe Elementary. She has also taught in Colfax, Iowa and at Meskwaki Settlement School in Tama, Iowa. Angela is married and has 2 children and 4 step children. When not at school she enjoys spending time with her family. She loves the Chicago Cubs and is a Cyclones fan.
Scot is bringing over twenty years of experience in education to Hanawalt, with the last 12 being in the Des Moines Public School District. 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 most recently spent a two of years an an Instructional Technology Coordinator for the district. He is excited to work with students and staff as Hanawalt’s first Media Technology Teacher. 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.
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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.
Tim is a second and third grade teacher. He began working for the Des Moines Public Schools August of ’89, and started as a half-time teacher at Hanawalt in August 1990. He has been at Hanawalt longer than any other teacher in the building. Tim earned his B.A. graduate 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. 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.
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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.
Chelsea Van Der Molen
Chelsea grew up in Newton, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and will receive her master’s degree from Drake University in December. Chelsea has been teaching at Hanawalt since 2012. She lives in Des Moines with her husband Adam and together they enjoy music, watching basketball, and traveling.
Websites : http://mrsvdm.weebly.com/
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 for 15 years, and this is my second year at Hanawalt. 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.