Gina Beals


P: 515-242-8268 | E: gina.beals@dmschools.org


I earned my undergraduate degree in teaching from the University of Northern Iowa.  Over the years, I have taught in both elementary and middle schools.  For the past 15 years, I have been teaching 7th grade language arts at Callanan Middle School in Des Moines.  I have a Master of Arts in teaching degree from Morningside College and, most recently, attended Drake University to work towards a Master of Science in School Counseling degree.  I am excited to begin my counseling career as a Capitol View Tiger!  Outside of school, my two daughters keep my husband and I very busy.  We enjoy boating, sports, cheering for the Cubs, reading, and playing with our dog, Wrigley.  I look forward to meeting you all!  Please let me know if I can help you with anything!

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.

Tara Frohwein

Physical Education

P: 515-242-8402 | E: tara.frohwein@dmschools.org

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