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.
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.