In Class Support

Kim Allen

Special Education

E: kimberly.allen@dmschools.org

Biography

"Welcome to all the Park Avenue students and families!    I have been teaching in the DSM Public Schools for the last 10 years.  Five years at the middle school level ( go Hiatt!) and the last five years here at Park Avenue, as an Interventionist.  I have my bachelors degree in elementary education from Upper Iowa and my masters in special education from University of Nebraska. I am married, with three grown sons and enjoy sewing, crafting, camping and boating.  I am so glad you are here with us this year and look forward to working with you throughout the year!"

 

IB Trainings: An Introduction to the PYP Curriculum Model

 

Hopes and Dreams: My hopes and dreams for my students is that they discover the love of learning and enjoy it as much as I do!

Jennifer Anderson

Special Education

P: 515-242-8429 | E: jennifer.anderson@dmschools.org

Biography

College(s) attended:  Iowa State University, Northern Illinois University

Highest Degree Earned:  Masters Degree

 

Endorsement(s):  Elementary Education, Special Education

IB Training(s): Inquiry, Collaborative Planning

 

Years of Experience: 16

Years at Park Avenue:  5

 

Original Hometown:  Nevada, Iowa

High School Attended:  Nevada High School

LeeAnn Burgess-Henderson

Special Education Associate

P: 515-242-8429 | E: leeeann.burgesshenderson@dmschools.org

Tara Condon

Teacher Leader Coach

E: tara.condon@dmschools.org

Biography

This is my 10th year of teaching and my 6th year at Park Avenue. I love being a Park Avenue Panther!! I grew up in Sioux City Iowa and went to college at the University of Northern Iowa. I double majored in elementary education and early childhood education with a special education endorsement. I graduated in 2005 and taught kindergarten at the University’s lab school. After that year I was offered a teaching position in Okayama, Japan where I taught preschool and elementary age Japanese children English. I lived in Japan for 2 years before moving to Des Moines. In my spare time I enjoy reading all different types of books. I love to travel and have visited over 12 countries, including China, Australia, France, Korea, New Zealand, and England. I love global perspective as part of the IB curriculum.
I have a husband who also loves to travel, which is awesome! This summer I had a baby girl named Ella who instantly became the love of my life. We love to go on walks, read books, and take naps.
IB Trainings: Collaborative Planning & Conceptual Learning

Hopes & Dreams: I hope every child at Park Avenue finds themselves challenged in multiple ways and begins to understand their potential in today’s global society.

Dawn Cullison

Special Education Associate

P: 515-242-8429 | E: dawn.cullison@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello Park Avenue Families! This is my second year as an Associate for DMPS, and my second year here at Park Avenue. My husband and I live on the South Side with our son, who is a 4th grader this year. I look forward to working with new students this year and also checking in om my friends from last year.

Cheryl Hild

Special Education

P: 515-242-8429 | E: cheryl.hild@dmschools.org

Biography

I love working with your children at Park Avenue!  I hold a Bachelor's degree in elementary education with a concentration in health, safety and physical education and a minor in art from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. I also have a Master's degree in literacy education from the University of Missouri. I have taught as a regular classroom teacher, a math and reading interventionist, and a specialist teacher in art, PE and technology. I love to travel and have lived and taught in Slovakia, Australia and Japan, and have visited a total of 20 different countries. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband doing just about anything outside.

IB trainings: Introduction to the PYP Curriculum Model

Allie Mackey

Behavior Strategist

P: 515-242-8429 | E: allison.mackey@dmschools.org

Biography

Welcome to Park Ave! This is my 8th year teaching at Park. Ave. I spent my first 2 years at Park Ave teaching Early Childhood Special Education and the past 6 years I have been a K-3 Special Education Interventionist. I went to the University of Northern Iowa and double majored in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education with a Special Education endorsement. I received my Master for Arts of Education from Viterbo in the summer of 2012. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my daughter, running, being with friends and reading. I'm excited for a great school year at Park. Ave.

Hopes and Dreams: My hope and dream is for each student to make academic growth and to feel welcomed into our community each day.

Kristin McNichol

Title Teacher

P: 515-242-8429 | E: kristin.mcnichol@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello, my name is Kristin McNichol.  This is my first year at Park Avenue Elementary School, and my first year teaching.  I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Public Relations at Loras College in 2009.  I continued my education at Upper Iowa University where I completed my Elementary Education degree in December of 2015.  I am excited to help your children be the best they can be!  When I’m not at school, I like to spend my time with my husband, our son, and our dog. I am looking forward to a great year at Park Avenue!

Diane Morain

AmeriCorps

P: 515-242-8429 | E: diane.morain@dmschools.org

Julie Olive

Special Education

P: 515-242-8429 | E: julie.olive@dmschools.org

Tinya Sheley

Special Education Associate

E: tinya.sheley@dmschools.org

Kayla Woodke

Title Teacher

P: 515-242-8429 | E: kyla.woodke@dmschools.org

Biography

Welcome to Park Avenue!  In 2010 I graduated from Mount Mercy College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Reading Endorsement.  I’ve taught Second Grade for the past six years, and this will be my first year as an Interventionist at Park Avenue.  I am so excited to have the opportunity to be part of a great community of families and coworkers!  In my free time, my husband and I enjoy being active, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, and spoiling our dog Ernie.

Hopes and Dreams: My hope is for all students to be excited to come to school each and every day, and to be proud contributors in our world.

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Tina Greene

English Language Learners

E: tina.greene@dmschools.org

Biography

College(s) attended: Trend Business College of Washington,  Business Accounting

Washington State University,  B. A. K-8 Elem. Education

 Indiana University,  Masters in English Second Lang. & Linguistics

Highest Degree Earned: Masters Degree

 

Endorsement(s):  K-12 English Second Language,  5-12 Earth Science

IB Training(s): Collaborative Planning

 

Years of Experience: 18

 Years at Park Avenue: 3

 

Original Hometown: Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

 High School Attended: Cerralvo Prepartory