5th Grade

Tanya Dobson


P: 515-242-8427 | E: tanya.dobson@dmschools.org


      For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher. My passion for teaching really began in 1994-1995 when I was a senior at North High School. I volunteered at King Elementary a few days a week, and it was there that I found the rewards of teaching. I started Grand View College in the fall of 1995. I graduated in December of 1999 with a degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading and Early Childhood. I began my career at Moulton teaching 3rd grade in 2000. I am currently an interventionist working with 4th and 5th graders here at Moulton. My husband and I currently live in Ankeny with our children. I am currently working towards earning a masters degree in  curriculum and instruction with and ESL endorsement.

Mary Doose

Special Education Teacher

P: 515-242-8427 | E: mary.doose@dmschools.org


Hi!  I joined the Mouton Staff in 2004 and am currently a special education teacher for 5th grade. I have a lot of pride in our school and believe that we are up to great things!  I enjoy the daily challenge of helping students reach their potential.  I believe that every student can learn, make progress, and be successful in the classroom.

Growing up in Des Moines, I graduated from Roosevelt High School (99), and earned my B.A. from Simpson College (03).  

When not in school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, John, and our kids, Amanda and Tessa.

Jackie Kohler

Fifth Grade

P: 515-242-8427 | E: jackie.kohler@dmschools.org


Teaching is my passion! I believe in setting high expectations for all students each and every day. When setting those high expectations we are setting students up for success, not only in fifth grade, but for years to come. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2005 with a degree in Elementary and Middle Level Education. Currently, I am working on my master degree. Since 2006, I have taught at Moulton Extended Learning Center. My first year at Moulton involved teaching a fourth/fifth grade combination classroom. Since then I have taught fifth grade.

I am a member of the Community and Diversify Committee, SILT (School Improvement Leadership Team), and our schools Union Representative. Also, I work very hard to help fifth graders fundraise money throughout the year to raise funds for our annual Outdoor Science Education Camp.   I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching at Moulton and look forward to the years to come.  My husband and I live in Grimes. We enjoy spending our time exercising, doing anything outdoors, being with family, and traveling.

Kylie Pierce

5th Grade

P: 242-8427 | E: kylie.pierce@dmschools.org

Brad VanGenderen

Fifth Grade

P: 515-242-8427 | E: bradley.vangenderen@dmschools.org


I graduated with honors and in the top 2% from Iowa State University in 2004 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a social studies endorsement. I then completed my reading endorsement in the summer of 2004 at Upper Iowa University. I have worked at Moulton Extended Learning Center since the fall of 2004 in various capacities, such as a reading interventionist, teacher of Second Chance Reading, middle school literacy leader, classroom teacher, and SILT member. I currently teach 5th grade at Moulton.  I live in Pleasant Hill with my wife, Liberty, and two of my children, Masio and Serenity.  We have another daughter, Kelsey, who has blessed us with a grandson, Dash.