I started at Hoyt in the fall of 2018. I have been teaching eighth grade science since 2015 and absolutely love it! I am from Le Mars, IA. (ICE CREAM CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!) originally and like to go back and see family and friends whenever possible. My family and I moved to Waukee in the spring of 2015 and are loving being part of the Des Moines metro area. I have 3 amazing girls that I love spending time with any chance I get. Our favorite things to do is bumming around the mall, garage sales, or hiding out in our theater room with Netflix and popcorn. I am very passionate about traveling and have traveled in almost all the lower 48 states. My dream is to take a summer traveling Europe soon!
B.A. Secondary Biology Teaching
2015-2016 Woodward Academy
2016-2018 Goodrell Middle School
2018-present Hoyt Middle School
I have been teaching in DMPS since 1999. I have taught science and math in grades 5-8. I look forward to working with students each day. Building relationships with my students is a priority in my classroom along with learning science! Outside of school I enjoy gardening, travel and spending time with my daughter.
BS in Education from Iowa State University
1999-2004 Merrill Middle School
2004-2005 Park Ave Elementary
2005-2015 Goodrell Middle School
2015-2016 Induction Coach for DMPS new teachers
2016-present Hoyt Middle School
I have been teaching at Hoyt since 1997! I really enjoy teaching science to my students and showing them how it influences their lives and future! My husband and I have three fantastic and very busy children. Outside of the school day, I teach dance at Betty Hill Dance studios. I was born and raised in Des Moines and was educated in the Des Moines Public School system as well. I enjoy traveling, theme parks, waterparks, reading, dancing and anything that is competitive.
B.S. in Elementary Education- University of Iowa
Endorsements in Science K-8
Hoyt Middle School 1997 to present : Classroom teacher- 7th and 8th grade science
I have been teaching science at Hoyt since 2010. In addition to teaching, I also serve as team leader and demonstration teacher, as well as being a part of the building leadership team. Outside of school, I like to spend time with my husband Michael, and I also like to read, watch sports, do home re-models, and go to movies.
B.S. in Elementary Education- University of Northern Iowa
Endorsements in reading (grades K-12) and all science (grades K-12)
Hoyt Middle School 2010-Present: Classroom teacher- 6th grade science
My name is Amy Goddard and I am a 6th grade Language Arts Teacher. I live on the eastside of Des Moines. My whole family resides on this side of town. I enjoy the Iowa Hawkeyes, Kansas City Royals, taking photos, and reading. I attended DMPS Schools growing up and also attended Hoyt Middle School when I went to Middle School and I am glad to be back teaching here.
I attended Upper Iowa University in West Des Moines, IA where I obtained my Bachelors in Arts in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading and Language Arts K-8. I am currently attending Drake University to get my Masters in Education.
I was a sub in the DMPS District from 2010 to 2013. I was hired at Hoyt in 2013 fulltime. I have taught Language Arts and Science at Hoyt.
Girls 8th Grade Basketball
Boys 7th and 8th Grade Soccer
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.
B.S in Science Education – Chemistry – University of Iowa
Masters of Arts in Teaching – Drake University
All Science 6-12
Middle School Math 5-8
Middle School Science 6-8
Hoyt Middle School: 2015 – Present
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.
B.S. in K-8 Education- Buena Vista College
Certification in Coaching
M.S. Special Educational – Drake University
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.
I have been teaching at Hoyt Middle School since 2014. I have a passion for students figuring out how the world works, discovering new ideas, and having a growth mindset. Outside of school, I spend time with family and friends, walk outside, go to coffee shops, and watch all kinds of movies.
B.S. in Secondary Education from Drake University
Endorsements in 5-12 All Science and Biology
Hoyt Middle School 2014-Present: Classroom Teacher 6th and 8th Grade Science