Throughout my school years, I met incredible teachers that inspired me to want to become a fellow educator like them. I studied at Iowa State University in Elementary Education with a Spanish minor and immediately knew I wanted to work in Des Moines, the place where I grew up. I am very excited to be able to give back to my community and meet our amazing students here at Moulton.
My story begins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where I was born and raised. I can still see myself at seven years old, begging my two older brothers to play school with me. Many years down the road I went off to Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where I listened to the seven year old inside me, telling me to pursue a path in elementary education. In December of 2010 I graduated from Loras with a degree in elementary education and an endorsement in reading.
My passion for teaching, learning, and my love of children is what drives me to be the best I can be every single day. I am delighted to be a part of the Moulton team and I look forward to having a fantastic year!
Hello, my name is Denise Gustaveson-Roskamp, but everyone calls me Ms. Gus. I have been working in education for over 30 years. In that time I have served in a number of roles from special education to district curriculum support. Currently, I serve Moulton’s 4th and 5th graders as an interventionist. My commitment to the Moulton has been expanding and deepening for over 10 years and there isn’t anything that I wouldn’t do to help our students succeed. In my free time, I enjoy being near the water and playing with my dog Louie.
I am very excited to be teaching 4th grade at Moulton! I have a degree in elementary education from Iowa State University with endorsements in Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies. Before teaching at Moulton I taught in Minnesota and worked with after school programs in Des Moines. I am super excited to work with Moulton students and I am excited to learn along with them! In my free time I like to read, cook, and play with husband and dogs.
I started my teaching career in south Omaha were I was a teaching assistant. This is where my love for teaching started. I decided to continue my teaching career at Iowa State University where I graduated in 2018. During the time in between my arrival at Moulton, I subbed all over Iowa and got my first teaching job in Hampton, Iowa. I then made my way back to the Des Moines area where I am a 4th grade teacher at Moulton Elementary.
Mel began her teaching career while in high school by working in an early childhood center as a teacher’s assistant. She then pursued her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University in Nebraska. Since graduating in 2010 she has taught preschool in Davenport, Iowa, 1st Grade in Fremont, California and Reno, Nevada, and Kindergarten in Tacoma, Washington. She joined the Moulton staff in the Fall of 2020. In her free time she loves to spend time with her son doing anything outside!