Douglas Bown


P: 515-242-8402 | E: douglas.bown@dmschools.org


I have been teaching orchestra in Des Moines Schools since 2000. I have experience teaching band and choir as well. I have lived in or near Des Moines my whole life, and even went to college here at Drake University. Outside of school I enjoy playing trumpet, riding motorcycles, and traveling.

Mary Brannen


P: 515-242-8402 | E: mary.brannen@dmschools.org


I first began my career in education in Omaha, NE teaching 4th grade and soon went on to obtain my Master's Degree in School Counseling from the University of NE at Omaha. My husband and I moved to Tucson, AZ where I worked as a Dean of Students and Middle School Counselor for 4 years before relocating to Des Moines, IA. I am so excited to begin my career in DMPS as a Capitol View Tiger! My husband, son, and I love enjoying the outdoors, hiking, riding bikes, playing sports, and junking for unique antiques to decorate our new home. Please reach out if you need anything, I can wait to meet all of you!

Tyler Krueger

Physical Education Teacher

P: 515-242-8402 | E: tyler.krueger@dmschools.org

Class Description

I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Exercise Science and a degree in Physical Education.  In the past I have worked as a behavior teacher at Dallas Center- Grimes as well as a Physical Education teacher at St. Patrick's Catholic School and Assumption Catholic school.  When I am not teaching I enjoy to fish, hunt, and spend time with my family.

Ryan McNulty


P: 515-242-8402 | E: ryan.mcnulty@dmschools.org

Kris Schmitt

Art Educator

P: 515-242-8402 | E: kristin.schmitt@dmschools.org

Class Description

I have been teaching art for 25 years in the Des Moines School District, 13 of those years have been at Capitol View.  I have enjoyed every minute.  I am passionate about  teaching children how to create beautiful works of art that they can keep forever, I hope.   I graduated from Buena Vista College  in Storm Lake, Iowa. After spending the summer at a girl scout camp in Vermont I decided my destiny was to teach art so I came back to Iowa and got my teaching certificate from UNI.  I have been in Des Moines ever since.   In my free time I  enjoy walking, making glass beads in my garage for jewelry and traveling as much as possible.


Red Apple Gallery featuring Capitol View Elementary

Primary Color Mixing

Tim Tate

Vocal Music Teacher

P: 515-242-8402 | E: timothy.tate@dmschools.org

Vicki Vitritto

Library Associate

P: 515-242-8402 | E: vicki.vitritto@dmschools.org