In 1998 I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Northern Arizona University. I received a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2004 also from Northern Arizona University. In 2022 I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Culturally Responsive Leadership and an English Language Learner endorsement.
I am originally from Arizona and moved to Des Moines with my husband Tim who is from Iowa. I have two children, Sophia and Charlie and a deaf dog named Scruffy. I love to read, watch movies, hike, travel ,bake and crochet.
I am very fortunate to be teaching orchestra at several elementary schools in Des Moines. I have been teaching since 1990 and in Des Moines Schools since 2000. I have had a diverse career of teaching band, choir and orchestra at levels ranging from fourth through twelfth grade.
I graduated from Hoover High School, right here in DMPS. I received my BA in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and my master’s degree from Viterbo University. My first teaching job was at Lovejoy Elementary. This is my 20th year of teaching, all of which have been with DMPS. I have taught 4th and 5th grades and been an instructional coach. I serve McKinley as an instructional coach, working with students and teachers. I am happy to be a McKinley Eagle!
I love spending time with my family and friends. My husband and I have 4 children who keep us busy with all their activities. We love sports, especially basketball and baseball. We enjoy being outdoors and traveling.
I graduated from Valley High School in 2009 and went to the University of Northern Iowa to gain my early childhood and elementary degree. After graduating with my bachelor’s degree in 2013, I started teaching in DMPS and earned my masters in Culturally Responsive Leadership & Instruction in the winter of 2020. I have my reading endorsement and have loved working at McKinley since 2015!
I live with my husband, Greg, and two children, Delaney and Jaxson. We love going to the park and the library, reading is our favorite past time. Our favorite place to be is the family farm in Southern Iowa. We love cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Kansas City Chiefs!!
I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Master in School Counseling. I started my career as a School Counselor in 2014 with Des Moines Public Schools.
I love being outside in nature especially near water.
I have a master’s degree in education and this will be my 16th year teaching.
I am a mother of 3 grown children. In my free time, I like to read, visit my children, and go on motorcycle rides.
I graduated from Wartburg College with a BA in education and later graduated with my Masters degree from Drake University. I began teaching for Des Moines Public Schools in 2005. I have taught 3rd, 1st and 2nd grade. Most of my career has been here at McKinley!
Outside of school I love to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy reading, spending time outside, and binge watching a good show.
Mr. Parker is the 5th grade band director for McKinley Elementary and has been with DMPS since 2012. He was the Band/Orchestra director for Hoyt Middle School for nine years. This year will be his second year as the 5th grade band director. Mr. Parker has taught music for Keota, Woodward-Granger, and Des Moines Christian Schools. In that time, many of his bands have been successful in the areas of concert, jazz and marching band. His highest accomplishments are winning a state jazz title and having his concert band perform as the class 2A representative at the Iowa Bandmasters Association convention.
Mr. Parker was born and raised in Ottumwa. He has traveled across the country and parts of Europe including Russia with a Christian based group, The Continental Brass and Singers. He resides in Waukee with his wife, Amanda and their two boys, Carson and Caleb who are 18 and 14. Mr. Parker also enjoys coaching baseball and time with his family