My name is Kimberly Bartell and I teach our 1st Grade ELL Classroom. I have been teaching for 15 years, 5 of them here at Moulton Elementary. I am originally from San Diego, California and graduated from University of California, San Diego. I also have my Master’s Degree and Reading Endorsement from Drake University and my Spanish Endorsement from Grand View University. I love teaching and watching children grow and learn! When I’m not at school, I enjoy reading, traveling, going for walks and watching movies.
Welcome to Moulton! A little bit about me… I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1996. I followed with a degree in Elementary Education and a Social Studies Endorsement in 2002. In 2010, I received a Master of Arts in Education with a Reading Endorsement from Viterbo University. I have taught at Moulton Extended Learning Center since July of 2006. I hold high expectations for every student, every day. I believe children learn best in a loving, safe, and structured environment.
I am a member of the Student Success Committee and SILT ( School Improvement Leadership Team).
My passions are teaching, travel, and family.
I am originally from a very small town in Iowa called Alburnett. The school I attended was kindergarten through 12th grade all under one roof so the Des Moines Public School system was very different from my personal experience. When I graduated from high school in 1986 I moved to Ames to attend Iowa State. I graduated with my degree in elementary education in 1991.
I took a detour before looking for a job teaching. I spent almost 10 years working in the retail business until I decided my passion for teaching and working with young children was what I wanted to pursue. In 2000 I started as a substitute for DMPS which included a long term assignment in a special education classroom here at Moulton. The following year I was hired fulltime to do a job share as a first grade classroom teacher. I continued the job share position for several years until I became the parent educator with the Parents as Teachers program, working with children birth to 3 years old. A position as a title support person working with kindergarten, first and second grade followed until I went back to the classroom in 2010 as a third grade teacher. This is my third year teaching 3rd grade. I love seeing the excitement in the third graders as they are learning new things.
I was born and raised in Spirit Lake, Iowa until I graduated high school. I moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa where I attended college and played basketball for the University of Northern Iowa. I graduated college with a degree in Exercise Science. I wanted to be a sports strength and conditioning coach for a college when I graduated but basketball took me down a different path. I moved overseas to England to play professional basketball for the Leiseter Riders. While living in England, I also attended Loughborough University where I recieved a masters certificate in Business Mangagement and Marketing with the hopes of one day opening up my own gym. After a year, I had a career ending injury playing basketball and returned home to the United States. I moved back home to Spirit Lake where I began coaching basketball. I also started helping out in a kindergarten classroom as an associate. My job as an teacher’s associate sparked my love for teaching. I have always loved kids and learning but never realized I wanted to be a teacher. After a year, I moved to Des Moines to live with my sister and attend graduate school at Drake University. I graduated with a Masters of Science in Teaching with a reading endorsement. I student taught at Moulton and ended up starting my teaching career as a 1st grade teacher at Moulton! I enjoy watching and helping students grow as readers and learners! When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter!
My name is Kenya Williams and I currently teach 2nd grade. I am originally from south Florida but graduated from Drake University in 2019 with a degree in Elementary education. I am working on getting my masters degree through Drake University to further my education. I love working at Moulton and can’t wait to spend many more years here. When I am not teaching, I enjoy running, cooking, and being outdoors!