In Class Support

Kim Allen

Special Education

P: 515-242-8429 | E: kimberly.allen@dmschools.org

Biography

 

“Welcome to all Park Avenue students and families!  I have been teaching at Park Avenue the last six years as a special education interventionist, and the five years prior at Hiatt Middle School.   I have my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Upper Iowa with endorsements in special education Strategist I and reading; along with my masters in special education from the University of Nebraska.  I am married with three grown sons and enjoy sewing, crafting, camping and spending time with my family.  I am so glad you are here 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

I attended Iowa State University and received my degree in Elementary Education. I attended Northern Illinois University and received my Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities. I worked in Sandwich, Illinois for 3 years before returning home to Iowa. I have worked in  Des Moines Public Schools since Fall of 2001.

LeeAnn Burgess-Henderson

Special Education Associate

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

Tara Condon

Teacher Leader Coach

P: 515-242-8429 | E: tara.condon@dmschools.org

Biography

This is my 12th year of teaching and my 8th 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 and joining Park Avenue.

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 like to play golf with my husband and spend time with our daughter Ella, who turned 2 this summer.

IB Trainings: Making the PYP Happen, Collaborative Planning & Conceptual Learning, Inquiry Based Teaching

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!  My name is Dawn Cullison and this is my third year as a Special Education Associate at Park Avenue.  When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and our son, who is a fifth grader this year.  I also enjoy working in the garden, both at home and at our World Garden here at school.  I am currently enrolled at Upper Iowa University and I am working towards a degree in Elementary Education.  If all goes well I will begin student teaching in January of 2019.  I am excited to meet the many new students we have this year and also see how my friends from last year are doing.  I hope to see you in the garden!

 

Tina Greene

English Language Learners

P: 515-242-8429 | 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

          

Cheryl Hild

Special Education

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

Biography

This is my third year at Park Avenue, but my 16th year teaching.  I have 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 specialist teacher in art, PE, and media/technology, and as a math and reading interventionist.  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’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband doing just about anything outside.  I am looking forward to working with you this year!

IB Trainings: Introduction to the PYP Curriculum Model

Nicole Laurito

FOODCORPS MEMBER

P: 515-242-8429 | E: nicole.laurito@foodcorps.org

Biography

Foodcorps wants to connect kids to healthy foods, give them access to hands on learning, and foster a schoolwide culture of health.

I am from Iowa and grew up in a small town, so farming has been a part of my life from the beginning. I have also worked on rainforest restoration programs, a farming project for poor women that needed extra income, and horticulture in tropical areas. Recently, I have worked with community gardens and worked on the Red Earth Gardens as a part of the Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative in Tama, IA.

Wildlife and Ecology
I have worked at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, at the Wildlife Care Clinic at ISU Vet Med, and created many child-focused wildlife education events. I have also worked with animals and ecology in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Costa Rica. I’ve traveled to 7 countries overall. Orangutans are my favorite animal!

Anthropology
I have a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with an Environmental Studies minor. I’m currently finishing a Master’s in Anthropology.  Anthropology is the study of the human experience across space and through time. I have a background in ecology, food culture, Iowa, primates, evolution, Latin America, South Asia, and development work.

Allie Mackey

Behavior Strategist

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

Biography

 

Welcome to Park Ave! This is my 9th year teaching, all at at Park. Ave. I spent my first 2 years  teaching Early Childhood Special Education and the past 7 years I have been a K-3 Special Education Interventionist. This year I’m excited to be in the Behavior Strategist position at Park!  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

Welcome to Park Avenue!  In 2010 I graduated from Loras College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Public Relations.  I continued my education at Upper Iowa University where I completed my Elementary Education degree with endorsements in Reading and Language Arts.  This is my second year of teaching, all at Park Avenue.  I am excited for a great school year at Park Avenue.  In my free time, I enjoy being outside and active with my husband and our son Max.

Hopes and Dreams:  My hope is for all students to come to school each day and feel successful in the classroom, and in the world.

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

P: 515-242-8429 | E: tinya.sheley@dmschools.org

Ann Spain

Special Education

P: 515-242-8429 | E: ann.spain@dmschools.org

Biography

 

Hello and welcome! I am excited to be a new teacher at Park Avenue for the 2017-2018 school year.  For the past 20 years I have been a teacher in Arizona. I am originally from Iowa and glad to be back. I have one son and recently I have become a grandmother to a beautiful granddaughter. I enjoy spending time with my family, water sports, biking, and laughing.

 

Hopes and Dreams: To guide students towards becoming happy, healthy, confident members of society.

 

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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