Teacher Leaders/Coaches

Sherry Clingman

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Teacher Coach

P: 515-242-8402 | E: sherry.clingman@dmschools.org


My name is Sherry Clingman.  I love working at Capitol View as an instructional coach.  I have taught in the Des Moines Public Schools for 25+ years.  I have taught Kindergarten-2nd grade and Reading Recovery.  I have my undergraduate degree from NMSU (now Truman State University) and my masters from Drake.  In my free time, I love to spend time with my daughter and son.  During the week I love to read and practice yoga.  I am excited to see what students will learn in their classrooms this year!

Amanda Gomes

Math Insructional Coach

P: 515-242-8402 | E: amanda.gomes@dmschools.org


Hi!  My name is Amanda Gomes and I am an instructional coach for our 5th grade and kindergarten classrooms.  I have been teaching/coaching for 15 years in Des Moines Public Schools.  I earned my bachelor’s degree at Coe College and my master’s degree at Viterbo University.  I am excited to work with our students and teachers this year!

Kara Haugen

2nd and 3rd Grade Teacher Coach

P: 515-242-8402 | E: kara.haugen@dmschools.org

Michelle Howe

Reading Instructional Coach

P: 515-242-8402 | E: michelle.howe@dmschools.org


Welcome to Capitol View!  I am instructional coach which means I support teachers with curriculum, instructional strategies and creating actions based on student data.  I went to college at the University of Northern Iowa and received my master’s degree at Viterbo University.  I have taught 4th and 5th grade and worked with small groups of student’s k-5 in the area of literacy.  I love being in the Capitol View classrooms and seeing all the great things our teachers and students are doing.   I have been a Capitol View Tiger for the past 13 years.  In my free time I stay very busy with my own three kids and I enjoy spending time at our family lake home.  You’ll always catch me cheering for the UNI Panthers, and the Iowa Hawkeyes.  I hope to see you at our family events…it’s going to be a great year at Capitol View!


Stacy Wood

4th and 5th Grade Teacher Coach

P: 515-242-8402 | E: stacy.wood@dmschools.org

Class Description

Hello, my name is Stacy Wood. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Drake University. I have been a teacher at Capitol View for 11 years. I recently completed a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Iowa State University. I love coming to work every day and I am dedicated to forming positive working relationships with all students. I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world and I enjoy helping them discover and develop it. I look forward to a great school year!