Hi! My name is Mrs. Aguirre. This is my 4th year teaching at Capitol View Elementary. I graduated from Hoover High School and Grand View University. Outside of school I love to coach soccer, spend time with family, travel, and watch Netflix. Go Tigers! 🙂
Hi my name is Laurie Bennett. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with my bachelors in elementary education and completed my masters from Viterbo University. I have been teaching in the Des Moines School District for 21 years. I have taught kindergarten and fourth grade as well as been an instructional coach. I joined the Capitol View team in 2015 as a math and reading interventionist. Working with students who need a little extra help in reading and math is my passion. Seeing kids grow and learn is so rewarding! Outside of school of school I like spending time with my husband and two boys as well as friends and family.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a Special Education endorsement from Iowa State University. I love teaching preschool at Capitol View Elementary! Preschoolers are so fun to work with! They are energetic and excited to learn. This age group definitely keeps me on my toes and I often find myself learning new things each day. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and traveling to new places.
Welcome to Room 216! My name is Kelli Bosch and I am one of the 4th grade teacher at Capitol View. It is a joy and privilege to learn and grow every day with your students. Thank you for sharing them with us! I am a graduate of Iowa State University with a Reading Endorsement. When I am not at school, I spend my time with my husband cheering on our five children with their school and sports activities. Please contact me at any time with any questions or concerns. Looking forward to an amazing year!
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.
My name is Lauren Brackett, and I absolutely love being a first grade teacher at Capitol View. I graduated from Iowa State University in 2013 with a degree in elementary education with an endorsement in reading and math. Since graduation, I spent one year as a substitute teacher and one year as a reading and math interventionist. Since then, I have been teaching first grade here at Capitol View. I am currently working on my master’s degree from Drake University. When I am not busy teaching or studying, I love spending time with my husband and two dogs.
Welcome to fourth grade! My name is Melanie Burdick. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Elementary Education with a Reading Minor. This is the start of my seventh year of teaching and my fourth year at Capitol View. I love fourth grade. Outside of school, I keep busy with my family and dogs. We enjoy anything outdoors. I also really enjoy reading, and painting. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for allowing me to work with your amazing students. I am excited for a great year.
Hi! My name is Angel Carman and I am so excited to be starting my 3rd year at Capitol View. This will be my 18th year of teaching and I absolutely love it! I began my teaching career at Moulton, as a 1st grade teacher, for 5 years. I then went to Cattell Elementary for 10 years, where I taught 1st grade, was an academic interventionist, and spent my last 4 years there teaching 3rd grade. This year, I have moved into an 4th/5th grade Interventionist position, here at Capitol View. Teaching is one of my greatest joys!
I graduated from Grand View in 2000 with my elementary education degree and an endorsement in reading. Several years later, I went back to school and got my master’s in education from Morningside in 2012. When I am not teaching, I love spending my time with my husband Ryan, my daughter Josie, and my son Cole. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with your child…thank you for sharing him/her with me!
Hello! My name is Emily Case and this is my ninth year of teaching and my seventh year of teaching 4th grade. I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in reading and social studies. I later graduated from Drake University with my master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son! I am so excited to have the privilege of teaching your students this year!
I graduated from Drake University with a degree in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement. I was able to be a stay-at-home mom for 20 years but decided to go back to Drake and take classes to renew my teaching license. I was a substitute teacher in several Catholic schools in Des Moines and West Des Moines. I decided to substitute for Des Moines Public Schools and since I know some sign language I substituted for the Deaf Ed students at Capitol View. A job opened as a kindergarten teacher so I taught in the classroom for 7 years. I then became an Interventionist assisting 2nd grade teachers and students for 3 years and last year I was moved to an Interventionist back in kindergarten again.
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!
Hi, my name is Leah Cone. I am a teacher for deaf ed. My college background includes Northern Illinois University for BA in Vocational Rehabilitation; University of Northern Iowa for BA in Early Childhood Special Education and MA in Special Education; and University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a Certificate in Deaf Education: Birth-21. I’ve worked for Des Moines Public Schools since 2000. I have two children and enjoy spending my free time with them.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences/Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Texas Woman’s University north of Dallas and began my teaching career near Dallas, Texas teaching 2nd -6th graders. This is my 20th year of teaching in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program in Des Moines—spending the school year doing what I love…reading stories, playing with toys and games and singing songs with preschoolers! Working with preschoolers keeps me on my toes and excited to come into the classroom every morning. Their excitement and love for learning makes me strive to provide fun and challenging activities each day to support each child in developing his/her speech, language and communication skills, developing friendships—and have fun coming to preschool!
Welcome to ELL! My name is Mrs. De Bruin. I have been teaching at Capitol View since 2014. Prior to moving to Des Moines, I taught in Colorado for six years. I graduated from Dordt College and received my Master’s Degree from Grand Canyon University. I love to bike, hike, play tennis, and read. I look forward to working with your child!
Hello, my name is Ashley Dodd. I have taught several different grades, but I love teaching 4th grade! I have a degree in elementary education from Clarks Summit University in Pennsylvania and an ESL endorsement in English as a second language) from DeSales University in Pennsylvania. I can’t wait for an awesome year of adventure, learning, and growth with my 4th graders!
My name is Amy Erwin and I am excited for my fourth year on the Capitol View team! I am in my 21st year of teaching and have experience in lower elementary as well as upper elementary special education. I am active in multiple leadership roles within our school as well as within the Des Moines district and love opportunities not only to grow as a professional, but to help other teachers do so!
I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education and a coaching endorsement. I completed my Master’s Degree in Special Education at Drake University.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and children. I also enjoy exercising, reading, and socializing with friends. My favorite part about being a teacher is watching students become independent thinkers and team players. I love to watch students grow!
Hello, my name is Vannessa Foelske. I am currently a special education teacher at Capitol View Elementary. I have taught both regular education and Special education for the last 29 years in the Des Moines District. I have been at Capitol View for the last 8 years. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Elementary Education/Special Education. I live in my home town of Ankeny with my husband . I have two grown boys that also live in Ankeny.
My career began in 2004 teaching health and physical education as well as coaching at a high school in Florida. I moved back to Iowa in 2008, and since then I have been teaching in Des Moines Public Schools. I taught elementary PE at Samuelson for a year, then PE and health at Harding Middle School for one year. I then spent eight years teaching PE at King Elementary. I am thrilled to bring my program to Capitol View this year! I also serve on the PE leadership team for Des Moines. One of our focuses is to create our district curriculum for K-5 Physical Education. My program’s purpose is to provide students with a progression of basic skills: locomotors, movement concepts, manipulative skills, and fitness to help students become physically literate.
I received my undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, my graduate degree from Nova Southeastern University and my ELL Endorsement from Grand View University. I enjoy attending PE conferences and learning more about the current trends and best practices in PE to improve my own program. I live in Bondurant with my husband and two boys. We love going to football, basketball and baseball games as a family when we can.
My name is Nancy Galloway. I was born and lived in Colombia, South America, for the first 30 years of my life. I came to the University of Kansas to learn English. After learning English, I earned a degree in ESL (English as a Second Language) in 1992.I have been married to Jim Galloway since 1994. We have two boys David and Alejandro. Both gentlemen have finished high school and now are studying to pursue a professional diploma. Jim and I enjoy going to musical concerts and movies. I have been a teacher for 33 years and 16 of them I have worked as an ELL teacher at Capitol View School. I enjoy my job so much that it is my dream to work for this elementary school until the time for retirement calls at my door. It is my desire to keep a close relationship with my students and their parents. Please do not hesitate to call me if you want to talk to me for any reason. The best time to call is after three o’clock so I can give you my full attention.
I came to Capitol View in 2013. After graduating from Hoover High School, I attended Iowa State University and Drake University, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I have been employed with the Des Moines Public Schools for sixteen years. Currently, I am teaching kindergarten…my favorite!!
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!
Hello! My name is Tara Gott. I graduated from Graceland University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in reading, special education, and coaching. I just recently graduated with my master degree in Educational Administration from Fort Hays State University. This is my fourth year teaching and first year at Capitol View Elementary. I love spending time with family and friends and being outside!
My name is Amy Gummert. I graduated from Simpson College (Indianola, IA) in May 2010 with a BA in Elementary Education and an Endorsement in Reading. This will be my 4th year teaching in Des Moines Public Schools. During my free time I like to read, watch movies, and hang out with my friends/family. I am excited to be a part of the Capitol View family and look forward to a great year in fifth grade.
Hello! My name is Emily Harvey and I teach special education. I graduated from Central College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and endorsement in reading, special education, and coaching. In 2015 I graduated from Graceland University with a master’s degree in differentiated instruction. I am currently in my 8th year of teaching at Capitol View.
My name is Kara Haugen, and I am an instructional coach for our 3rd grade classrooms. I also teach Reading Recovery for the other half of my day. This is my 19th year teaching/coaching, and my 5th year in Des Moines Public Schools. I earned my bachelor’s degree at Morningside College and my master’s degree at The University of Northern Iowa. I am currently back at Morningside working on my ESL Endorsement. I am excited to work with our students and teachers this year
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!
Welcome to room 148! My name is Lindsay Inbody and this is my 6th year teaching. I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Special Education. I am looking forward to an amazing year!!
My name is Tina Jensen and I am an interventionist for kindergaten-3rd grade in the areas of reading, math, and behavior/social skills. I earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a reading endorsement, and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling all from Buena Vista University. In 2015 I moved to Des Moines from Fort Dodge, where I previously taught middle school literature/language arts, Title I reading, and coached a junior cheer squad.
Making memories with my family and friends is my favorite pastime. I enjoy boating, traveling, weightlifting, yoga, cryotherapy, and anything else related to sports, health and fitness.
I am looking forward to another amazing year at Capitol View Elementary School! 😊
Hello! My name is Nora Krieger and I am one of the ELL teachers at Capitol View. I graduated from Buena Vista University with a major in elementary education and endorsements in ELL and special education. I taught ELL in Storm Lake for 3 years before moving to Des Moines with my husband. In my free time I love going fishing, riding bikes, and spending time with my family. I feel so fortunate to be part of the Capitol View family and look forward to working with your students!
I’m so happy to be part of Capitol View’s 3rd grade team! I began teaching with DMPS in 1999 at Willard School, then Madison before finding my home here at Capitol View. My own education trail was Willard, Hiatt, and then a proud alumni of East High School. I attend Central College in Pella with a BA in Elementary Education. I am a mom to three boys. My older two are both in college, and my youngest is still in elementary school. I love working with students and watching them grow and learn. One interesting fact is that my current classroom looks out onto the street I grew up on!
I am so lucky to be starting my 3rd year at Capitol View! This year I will be teaching reading almost all day. My personal goal is to help kids be more confident readers who are willing to take risks and even to read hard stuff because it grows your brain and it’s fun! I absolutely love to help my students find great books to read.
Outside of school, I live on a little farm and have 4 kids, 8 grandkids, 2 horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 1 husband😊 Besides reading and riding horses, I love to go fishing. I also like to hang out with my family, including my mom (who is 94) and my 5 sisters.
Welcome to room 152! My name is Jessica Manning and this is my sixth year teaching for Des Moines Public Schools and my second year at Capitol View! I graduated from Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading and Language Arts. I am currently working on my Master’s Degree through Grandview University with an ELL Endorsement. I am looking forward to a fabulous year.
Reading and writing have been my favorite pastime ever since I was a little girl growing up in Wisconsin. Now I feel so lucky for the opportunity to help Capitol View students become readers and writers too. My degree is from Grand View University. I have taught kindergarten and 1st grade, as well as intervention for K-5. My family has moved quite a lot; we started in Des Moines and went from Michigan, Minneapolis, Omaha, Hawaii and back to Des Moines 8 years ago. In my free time I love going for runs with my husband and two children, playing with my Boston Terrier Toby and traveling as much as possible. I am looking forward to a great year with K-2 students at Capitol View!
Hello, I am Tiffany McDaniel. I am a Deaf Educator at Capitol View Elementary. I am very excited to be working at Capitol View Elementary. I have been with Des Moines Public Schools for 17 years, previously I was an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf for the AEA.
I graduated from Missouri State University with Bachelors of Science. I furthered my education at Missouri State by getting my Masters of Science in the area of Communication and Science Disorders with emphasis in Deaf Education. My first teaching job was in Mason City, IA. I then choose to move to the Des Moines area to be closer to family.
I love being a teacher! Meeting new families and watching the students grow, makes my job the best in the world. In my free time I enjoy reading, bike riding and spending time with my friends and family.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, I would love to help in any way I can.
Hello! Welcome to room 139! My name is Erin McDonough. I graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2013 with a degree in Elementary Education. I am so excited to be a first grade teacher here at Capitol View. I live here on the East Side with my dog, Macy. I will graduate from Drake University with a Master’s in Education this December. I look forward to having your students in my class this year!
Hello! My name is Jessica McRoberts and this is my second year teaching special education here at Capitol View. I graduated from Simpson College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and endorsements in reading, special education, and social studies.
Hello! My name is Angela Miller, and I am in my 11th year of teaching at Capitol View. I currently work with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. I graduated from UNI with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in strategist 1 special education. I recently went back to UNI and received an endorsement in strategist 2 for special education.
Mary Kay Mullarkey
My career path includes attending Grand View College, Upper Iowa University, and the University of Iowa. I have taught for 30 years altogether, and 20 of those have been with Des Moines Public Schools. I am blessed with three fabulous children, five beautiful grandchildren, and have been married for almost 40 years. I enjoy challenging my students to try new things, and not give up even when things get difficult. My goal is to give them opportunities to succeed now and in the future.
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Following graduation, I began my career as an Elementary Teacher. While teaching, I continued my education and earned a master’s degree in Education. As a professional, I have earned endorsements in Reading, Reading Specialist, Special Education and English as a Second Language. I have been a proud member of the Capitol View team since 2014.
“If you teach a child to read you have done your job. If you teach a child to love to read, you have changed their life forever.”
I love teaching young students how to read and have been teaching in Des Moines for thirty years. I work with small groups of children in kindergarten, first and second grades. I also teach Reading Recovery which is an intensive reading program, working with one student at a time. I have four daughters and one grandson. I enjoy going to sporting activities, shopping, and reading. My grandson keeps me on my toes and is teaching me all about boys.
Hello! My name is Mrs. Pals and I am one of the 5th grade teachers at Capitol View. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University, and also have a Master’s Degree in Education from Drake University. This is my 7th year of teaching, and 6th year at Capitol View. I have also taught 7/8th grade science and 4th grade. 5th grade is one of my favorite groups to teach. I appreciate my students’ sense of humor, as well as their compassion for others of all ages. I live here in Des Moines with my husband and new baby girl. In my free time, I l like to go for walks with my family and snuggle up with a good book or movie.
I just recently moved back to Iowa after a decade in Orlando, FL where I was a middle school reading teacher for 3 years. I attended The University of Central Florida and received my degree in Elementary Education with a reading endorsement back in 2012. I am a proud geek who loves to read, travel, and watch anything that has to do with superheroes or magic!
My name is Kristy Roberts. I studied early childhood education at DMACC and elementary education at the University of Northern Iowa. I have been a Kindergarten teacher at Capitol View since 2016. I taught one year of 2nd grade and one year of K-3 Reading Intervention for the district prior to that. I love working in early childhood education! Before becoming a teacher with DMPS I owned and operated a preschool and child development home in Polk County, Iowa. This is such an important time for social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth and development. I want to help your child develop a LOVE for learning! Outside of school you will find me spending time with my husband and three sons. I love to watch them play football, basketball, baseball and drive race cars!
My name is Tim Robinson, and I’ve taught at Capitol View since 2007. I received my BA in music from Drake University, and then went on to receive my MS in Elementary Education, also at Drake University. I love teaching kindergarten because it’s one of the most important introductory parts of a child’s school career, and it’s amazing to see how excited they are to learn and grow! When I’m not at Capitol View, I enjoy weightlifting, reading, and spending time with my friends and family.
Hello! My name is Ms. Samson and I’m thrilled to be teaching 3rd grade at Capitol View! I’ve lived in the Des Moines area my entire life and I can’t imagine living anywhere else in Iowa. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a sociology degree and then a few years later I took evening classes at Upper Iowa University for my elementary education degree. Now, I’m working towards earning my master’s degree in education with an emphasis on ELL. Outside of school I keep myself busy with friends and family. I love the UNI Panthers, biking, warm weather, and traveling.
Hello! My name is Elizabeth Schildroth and I am a special education teacher at Capitol View Elementary. I have been teaching special education at Capitol View Elementary for 7 years. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Iowa State University.
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.
My name is Ashley Schott. This is my 15th year teaching with Des Moines Public Schools and 13th year at Capitol View. I taught first grade for 4 years, kindergarten for 4 years, fourth grade for 1 year and now I am in my 4th year as a support teacher for fourth and fifth grade I enjoy working with many students to support them with their reading and math! I love Capitol View and seeing all the students grow! I am also a mom to 5 kiddos who are all in school this year. We are a busy family and love to travel!! I am looking forward to a great year and working with so many new faces!
Welcome to Room 145! My name is Mary Sieloff. I have been teaching in the Des Moines School District for 27 years. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and my master’s degree from Viterbo. My husband, 2 sons, and I live in Indianola.
I am a proud graduate of UNI. After graduation, I immediately accepted a job with the Waterloo School District. During my time with Waterloo Schools, I was blessed to receive several teaching awards. Most notably, the Gold Star Award for outstanding teaching. In 2000, I was asked to teach for Des Moines Public Schools. Throughout my time with DM Schools, I’ve been blessed to work with many principals and have received accolades from three separate Superintendents. In 2002, I was named as a “Who’s, Who of American Teachers!”
Welcome to 1st grade at Capitol View! My name is Kim Veigulis and I am looking forward to a fun year of learning and growing in Room 143! This is my 6th year at CV, and my 4th year in first grade. I am a graduate of Iowa State University. Go Cyclones! I am currently pursuing my masters at Drake University through a program offered by DMPS. I’m looking forward to graduating this December! When I am not at school, I spend my time with my husband and our two dogs, Kingston and Tater Tot. I look forward to working with you to support your child’s education this year!
Hello! My name is Gina West and I have been working with students in Des Moines Public Schools for over 30 years. I am so excited to be at Capitol View as the Behavior Strategist. I love working with students who need extra support. Helping students become successful in school is my goal. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with my undergraduate degree and Iowa State with my Master’s Degree; I also have an Administrative Certification from Viterbo University. I have three children, two daughters and a son. One daughter who teach at Ruby Van Meter in Des Moines and one who works at Bishop Drumm. My son works for Nationwide in Scottsdale, AZ. I am a huge Panther fan. I enjoy spending time with family and friends in my free time.
Hello! My name is Stacy Wood. I have worked at Capitol View since 2003! I love this school, the staff, the students, and the families. I am an instructional coach which means I support teachers with curriculum and instruction in their classrooms. I attended Drake University for my undergraduate degree and Iowa State for my master’s degree. I have three children of my own ages 14, 11, and 5. We stay very busy with soccer and gymnastics. It is going to be a great year at Capitol View!