Mathematics

Matthew Bjork

7th grade Special Education Strategist

E: matthew.bjork@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me:

I have been teaching at Hoyt Middle School since the Fall of 2011. I currently teach 7th grade core math. I really enjoy working with students that struggle with math because I too struggled with math when I was younger. I know that with hard work and LOTS of practice every student can be successful.

In the Spring of 2014, I started work as Hoyt’s Middle School Activities Coordinator. My job as the activities coordinator, beyond organizing and administering a program of extracurricular events/activities, is to help get students involved here at Hoyt. I remember feeling better about coming to school when I was a part of a team or a club, and I think that many students feel the same way.

In my free time I enjoy being active, especially playing basketball and golf. I spend time around the house watching movies, hanging out with my Great Dane, and cheering on Florida Gator athletics. I am an avid baseball fan and enjoy going to games. I try to visit a new city each summer to watch a couple of games and learn as much as I can about each city.

Education:

B.A. in Elementary Education – Grand View University

Endorsement in Special Education

Teaching Experience:

Hoyt Middle School (August 2011 – Current)

- 7th Grade Core Math

 

Sara Earleywine

7th Grade Math

E: sara.earleywine@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

Although I now live in Marshalltown, I am a native "Eastsider." I grew up on the east side of Des Moines and graduated East High School in 1995.  My husband and I have two children; Elaine and Norah.  I spend my free time with my family and playing golf.  I began teaching at Hoyt Middle School in 2011; I am very excited to be working with Hoyt students and staff!

 

Education

Iowa State University 1996 – 2000; BFA in Visual Studies

Iowa State University 2008 – 2010; BS in Education; K-8 math endorsement

 

Teaching Experience

Substitute Teacher January, 2011 – May 2011

Hoyt 7th Grade Math August 2011 – present

 

Links

saraearleywin4.wix.com/math

Megan Gretlein

8th Grade Math/Science

E: megan.gretlein@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

I started my teaching experience at Hoyt in 2015. I teach 8th grade Math and Science. I enjoy spending my time outside of school with friends and family, exploring Des Moines and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Denver Broncos.

Education

B.S in Science Education – Chemistry – University of Iowa
Masters of Arts in Teaching – Drake University

Endorsements:

Chemistry 6-12

All Science 6-12

STEM Certified

Middle School Math 5-8

Middle School Science 6-8

 

Teaching Experience

Hoyt Middle School: 2015 - Present

Melinda McBratney

E: melinda.mcbratney@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

I have been teaching Special Education Math to 7th and 8th graders since 2016. I am very excited to be here at Hoyt! Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my friends, shopping, traveling, playing tennis, and watching movies. I have a dog named Nani who I love and spoil often! I have an amazing family located in Indiana that I miss very much! I enjoy cheering on the University of Kansas Men’s basketball team, Kansas City Chiefs, and St. Louis Cardinals!

Education

BSE in Secondary Education

Endorsements:

American History 5-12

Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate 5-12

Teaching Experience:

Harrison High School 2015-2016: Life Skills Special Education teacher (9-12th grade)

Hoyt Middle School 2016-present: Special Education Math teacher (7-8th grade)

 

Melinda McBratney

Teacher

E: Melinda.Mcbratney@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

I have been teaching Special Education Math since fall 2016. I am very excited to be here at Hoyt! Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my friends, shopping, traveling, playing tennis, and watching movies. I have a dog named Nani who I love and spoil often! I have an amazing family located in Indiana that I miss very much! I enjoy cheering on the University of Kansas Men’s basketball team, Kansas City Chiefs, and St. Louis Cardinals!

Education

BSE in Secondary Education

Endorsements:

American History 5-12

Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate 5-12

Teaching Experience:

Harrison High School 2015-2016: Life Skills Special Education teacher

Hoyt Middle School 2016-present: Special Education Math teacher

 

Suzanne Morecock

Special Education Strategist

E: suzanne.morecock@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

This is my second year at Hoyt Middle School.  This year, I work in the special education program teaching math.   I love to spend my free time reading, scrapbooking, crafting, gardening, equine activities, and family fun.  Many weekends are spent with my daughter at horse shows.

 

Education

B.S. in K-8 Education- Buena Vista College

Certification in Coaching

M.S. Special Educational - Drake University

 

Teaching Experience

Creative Country Day School 1974 – 1975 Pre-School ages 3 and 4.

Westchester Schools 1975 – 1976 Elementary Education Substitute Teacher

PCM Community Schools 1990 – 1993 Substitute Teacher K-12

Colfax/Mingo Community Schools 1990 – 1992 Substitute Teacher K-12

Newton Community Schools 1990 - 1992 Substitute Teacher K-12

Pleasantville Community Schools 1990 - 1992 Substitute Teacher K-12

Southeast Polk Community Schools 1990 – 1992 Substitute Teacher k-12

Knoxville Community Schools 1990 – 1992 Substitute Teacher K-12

Lynnville/Sully Community Schools 1990 – 1992 Substitute Teacher  Elementary

PCM Community Schools 1993 to 2003 High School Special Education Teacher Multi Categorical Level  II Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.

Knoxville Community Schools 2003 -2011 High School Special Education Teacher Multi Categorical Level II, Grades 9, 10, 11,and 12.

Hoyt Middle School 2011-2013: Special Education Level II Math Teacher Grade 6, 7 and 8.

 

 

Links

http://suzannemorecock.weebly.com/

LaWayne Rogers

7th Grade Math/Math Intervention

E: lawayne.rogers@dmschools.org

Andrea Romick

Math

E: andrea.romick@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

This is my sixth year teaching for Des Moines Public Schools of which the last two years I have been at Hoyt Middle School.  I teach special education mathematics which consists of two blocks of 7th grade mathematics and 2 blocks of 8th grade mathematics.

In October, my husband and I celebrated two wonderful years of marriage.  Then in November, our first son was born.  We’re so excited to welcome him into the world and watch him grow.

I love to spend my free time hanging at home watching movies and reading books.  On the weekends, I frequently visit with friends and family located in northeast Iowa.  During summer vacation, I enjoy traveling to new locations and exploring the United States.

Education
B.S. in Elementary Education – University of Northern Iowa
Endorsements in Special Education (grades K - 8) and Social Studies (grades K - 8)

Teaching Experience
Hoyt Middle School 2011 – 2013: Special Education teacher -7th grade mathematics enrichment/core, 8th grade mathematics enrichment/core

Riverwoods Elementary/Capital View Elementary 2010: Special Education teacher – 4th/5th grade literacy support

Moulton Middle School 2007 – 2010: Special Education teacher – 6th/7th/8th grade all content support

Links

www.romick.weebly.com

Charissa Stanley

6th Grade Literacy

E: charissa.stanley@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me
I have been  at Hoyt Middle School since 2015.  I am one of the three 6th grade math teachers here at Hoyt. Being an educator is a never-ending learning opportunity for both the students, and myself. I enjoy learning right along with them. My teaching philosophy is to challenge the students to their full potential.  I am married to my husband Brian, and we have three wonderful boys; Ayden, Landen, and Maddox. When I have some free time, I love to read books and root for the Green Bay Packers and Iowa Hawkeyes!

Education

B.S. in Elementary Education K-6 University of Northern Iowa
In the process of getting my masters at Drake

Teaching Experience
Hoyt Middle School was the school that I student taught at and hope to keep my teaching experiences here for many years to come!

 

 

Danielle Whitmire

6th Grade Math

E: danielle.whitmire@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

Hello. My name is Danielle Whitmire. I graduated from Drake University December of 2007 and started teaching in the Des Moines District January of 2008. My first semester was at Roosevelt High School. I had the privilege of coming to Hoyt Middle School in August of 2008. While at Hoyt, I have worked with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students with Math Plus and 6th grade math. Currently I’m teaching 6th grade math and accelerated math 1.

I got married in 2007, had twins in 2012, and had another boy in 2016. My kids are a lot of fun and keep me on my toes. I love to spend my free time playing with our kids at home or hanging out with my husband or friends. In the fall we travel to Kansas City to watch the Chiefs games with my husband’s family, but you can also find us traveling to Minnesota to visit my family as well.

Education

B.S. in Secondary Education- Drake University

Endorsements in Mathematics (grades 5-12)

Teaching Experience

Roosevelt High School January 2007- May 2007: Classroom teacher- 9th Grade Concept Math

Hoyt Middle School 2007- Present: Classroom teacher – 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Title Math, 6th Grade Math, Accelerated Math 1