Hello! I am Laura Myers, a special education teacher working with students who have intellectual disabilities. I started with the Des Moines School District in December of 1997 teaching at a middle school for five and a half years. I was fortunate to be able to spend some years home with my children when they were younger. When my youngest started Kindergarten, I returned to the district and came right here to McKinley Elementary. This is my fifth year at McKinley, and I truly enjoy it here. The students and their families make the difference for me, and I have great ones!
I went to college at the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with a major in Special Education: Moderate / Severe / Profound Mental Disabilities. Eventually, I went back to school and enrolled at Graceland University. I now have a Master’s Degree in Differentiated Instruction.
I have three wonderful children who keep me very busy away from work. They are 15, 13, and 9 years old – two boys and one girl!
Thank you for visiting our school’s website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Hi! I’m Joan Shultz, a special education resource teacher working with students in third through fifth grade. I love the opportunity to teach and encourage students to work hard, do their best, and find joy in learning.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Iowa. My teaching experiences include teaching in four school districts, teaching students from Kindergarten to 9th grade, and being a support teacher for special education teachers in middle schools and high schools.
In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes with my husband, and sailing with our son and daughter. Both of our kids graduated from Lincoln High School (Southside Pride) and are students at Iowa State University!
I am blessed to work with our McKinley students, wonderful parents, and our dedicated staff. Thank you!
My name is Tosie “Virginia” Simmons. I go by my middle name, but you’ll need my first in case you need to send an email.
I have two Bachelor Degrees one in Biology that I recieved from Westminster College in SLC and the second in Elementary Education from the College of Santa Fe in Albuquerque.
After staying home with my sons for 15 years I was lucky enough to do a term of service through Americorps at Walnut Street. Thankfully, I was hired after that term and became the library associate at Walnut Street. I was there for 2 years before coming to McKinley as a Special Education Associate.