Support

Shelli Bridges

Associate

E: shelli.bridges@dmschools.org

Carrie Crist

Success Case Manager

E: carrie.crist@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

I started working at Hoyt Middle School in 2003.  I am the SUCCESS Case Manager. I provide support to students and their families to be successful in school. I also facilitate our Chrysalis afterschool girls group, Blazing Stars.  When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a daughter and son. My husband and I enjoy watching them grow and learn new things every day. Some things we like to do as a family are; golfing, watching/playing sports, geocaching, and spending time with our extended family.

 

Education

Bachelor in Social Work- University of Northern Iowa 2002, Minor in Family Studies

Masters in Social Work – University of Northern Iowa 2003

Annie Downey

Associate

E: annie.downey@dmschools.org

Beverly Eck

TLC Instructional Coach

E: beverley.mckay@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

I have been with Des Moines Public Schools since 2010. After being in the classroom for 15 years I took on the role of TLC  Instructional Coach role here at HMS.  I relish in all the adventures that come with teaching and learning and look forward to all the great experiences that are ahead.

In my spare time I love spending time with my daughters Emma, Camryn, Ava and Laney. I like to run and train for races. I like to coach and play volleyball.  I am a huge history buff and love anything that has to do with our past and its impact on the world today.

Education

B.A. in Elementary Education-University of Northern Iowa

Social Studies Endorsement (k-8), Talented and Gifted (k-8)

Masters in Cultural Responsiveness and Leadership: Spring 2017-current-Drake University

Teaching Experience

Des Moines and Suburbs 2002-2003: Long Term substitute teacher

West Des Moines Community Schools 2003-2006: Talented and Gifted teacher

West Des Moines Community Schools 2006-2010: 3rd grade

Hoyt Middle School 2010-2015: Global Studies teacher

Hoyt Middle School 2015-present: TLC Instructional Coach

Links

www.6thgradeglobalstudies.weebly.com

twitter feed: @msecksclass

Alice Lamb

Associate

E: alice.lamb@dmschools.org

Jody McFadden

SPED Associate

E: jody.mcfadden@dmschools.org

Paul Merrill

Building Engineer

E: paul.merrill@dmschools.org

Joshua Osborne

Behavior Coach

E: joshua.osborne@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

1. I believe in second, third, fourth, fifth....and so on...chances! The beautiful thing about life is that we have the opportunity every day to change who we are. When we wake up in the morning, we have an opportunity to start again!
2. I believe that change, and the motivation to change, happens when you have developed great relationships with people that care about you. If you do not feel physically or emotionally safe, you may not be motivated to reach your potential.
3. Hard work DOES pay off! Making good choices about your life is not that easy. IT'S HARD WORK! In the end, however, the feelings of success and accomplishment ALWAYS justify the means.
4. A sense of humor gets us through the day. I may not be the funniest person you've ever met, but I do enjoy a good laugh! If people laugh and smile at my humor, it totally makes my day!

I enjoy reading comic books, going out to eat, learning more about behaviors, and spending time with my kiddo at home.

Education

B.S. in Elementary Education - University of Northern Iowa

Endorsements in SPED: Learning Disabilities (grades K-6) and a Multi-Cat Endorsement (grades K-6)

M.S. in Principalship/Educational Leadership - University of Northern Iowa

 

Teaching Experience

Hoyt Middle School 2003-current: Special Education 6-8th Grade Literacy in a Self-Contained classroom for students with Behavioral Disorders

I am in charge of the Jay’s Jr. Hobbyists.  We do everything “geek” from reading comic books, watching science fiction movies, playing RC cars, and playing board games and card games.

 

Links

http://hoytteachersapple.weebly.com

Todd Polansky

ELL Instructor

E: todd.polansky@dmschools.org

Biography

This is my second year at Hoyt Middle School.  I am excited to have the opportunity to make an impact with each and every student that I come in contact with.  I look forward to the opportunity to learn as much as I possibly can from my wonderful colleagues.

In my spare time I love watching and attending Iowa Hawkeye games.  I enjoy reading and listening to music when I can, but most of all I love learning how to play the guitar.  Most of my free time is spent with my wonderful wife and two boys; Isaac and Hayden.

Education:

The University of Iowa:
 BA English Literature

Drake University:
MA Secondary Education

Endorsements:
Language Arts
ELL

Lori Seitzer

Nurse

E: lori.seitzer@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

I am the school nurse for Hoyt Middle School.  I've been working for Des Moines Public Schools since 2010.  Before becoming the school nurse for Hoyt, I worked in the Operating Room for over 10 years.  I am married and have three children.  I love to spend my free time attending my children's sporting events, coaching soccer, and watching movies with the family.

Education
Associate Degree Registered Nursing - Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
Bachelor Degree in Nursing - American Senntinel University

Nursing Experience
Hoyt Middle School 2010-current:  School Nurse
Iowa Methodist Medical Center Operating Room 2006-2011:  Operating Room Nurse
Iowa Lutheran Hospital Operating Room 1998-2006:  Operating Room Surgical Technologist

 

 

 

Links

hoytnurse.weebly.com

Justin Theisen

Behavior Interventionist

E: justin.theisen@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

My name is Justin Theisen and I have taught special education for Des Moines Public Schools since 2008.  I have been with Hoyt Middle School since 2016.

In my free time I love spending time with my wife and 3 kids.  I also enjoy cooking, sports, exercise, and being outdoors.

Education:

The University of Northern Iowa:
BA Physical Education

Morningside College:
MA Special Education

Endorsements:
Physical Education, Special Education, Coaching

 

Caron Weldin

Counselor

E: caron.weldin@dmschools.org

Biography

About Me

I have worked at Hoyt Middle School since 2014. I love being a school counselor because I get to work with all students. Every day is an adventure with a building of over 500, as I never know who is going to walk through my door! Additionally, I enjoy being able to help students and families find the resources they need, either in the school system or in the community at large. If you need anything for your student, do not hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I will be happy to help in any way that I can! In my spare time, I like to hang out with my family. My hobbies include jogging, skiing, and watching live music whenever possible!

Related Counseling Experience

The Young Women’s Resource Center 2002-2014

Education

B.A. English Literature- University of Iowa 2001

MSEd School Counseling- Buena Vista University 2010