Throughout my life, I have encountered a number of inspiring educators who have impacted me in ways that are immeasurable. They have affirmed and expanded my interests and talents in art. They have questioned, challenged, and motivated me. These teachers have given me the incentive to do the same for young people.
I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2002 and a Masters in Art Education in 2004. Since then, I have had the opportunity teach art at Norwalk, Ballard-Huxley, and Iowa State University. This is my sixth year as the art teacher at Moulton.
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.
I graduated from Luther College in 1994 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with a reading and early childhood endorsement. I received my Masters from Drake University in 2005. I have been a preschool, K/1 Multi-age, first grade, and an in-class teacher at Moulton since 2001. Before teaching at Moulton I was a preschool teacher for the Des Moines Schools and was also a tutor. I love how excited kids are when they learn something new. I enjoy getting to know kids and what their interests are in and out of school. When I am not at Moulton, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have a daughter who keeps me busy. I also enjoy traveling and golfing.
I have been teaching at Moulton since I graduated from Iowa State University in 1989. I taught Head Start for none years and have been teaching kindergarten since then. In 2000, I graduated from Viterbo University in 2000 with a Masters in Teaching Elementary Children. I am married and have two children. My daughter is a junior at Iowa State University and my son is a freshman at Central College. I love the diversity at Moulton. I have learned so much from the children and families that I have had the opportunity to work with. I especially enjoy the other kindergarten teachers that I work with! They make coming to work fun everyday.
I was born and raised in Elmhurst, Illinois just outside of Chicago. When I decided to go to Drake University, I found a part-time job at CFUM for breakfast club. The second I met the students at breakfast club, I decided I wanted to become a teacher. I kept working at CFUM during my college career and began building relationships with the students at Moulton. I completed my student teaching with Ms. Gilmore here at Moulton and was offered a 4th grade teacher position the following year.
The students here at Moulton helped me find my passion for teaching and making a difference. I love making learning fun, welcoming, and exciting for all my students.
Welcome to 2nd Grade! 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.
Hello, Ms. Little here! I graduated from Carlisle High School in 2008 and went on to become a Viking at Grand View University. I graduated from GV in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in K-8 Reading and Special Education. I am currently teaching 3rd grade Special Education at Moulton! This is my 3rd year teaching at Moulton!
I believe every student can learn. Just not on the same day, or in the same way. I will take the students where they are currently academically and behaviorally, find how they learn best, and work hard to ensure they have success. Building a strong relationship with your student will be my top priority. All students deserve the right to a clean slate every day and every time they walk into my classroom. I believe in strong and open communication between parents and teachers. “It’s a parents enthusiasm, support and involvement that inspire children to do their best; and a teacher’s ability to teach what they need to learn. Together we can achieve wonderful things.” I promise to give my very all to teach, inspire, motivate, and encourage your child.
In my spare time I enjoy weight lifting, fishing, kayaking, and this Fall I will participate in my first hunting season.
I have been married to my wonderful husband since 1986, we have a daughter and son-in-law. I have one granddaughter, who is the joy of my life. I have worked in the district since 1994. I enjoy working with children of all ages. I also have a positive attitude towards life.
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.
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.
Chelsie joined the staff here at Moulton during the 2016 -17 school year. She comes with both instructional coaching and teaching experiences that will benefit the students and staff. Chelsie is excited to be working with the students and staff 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!
I love children and I am so excited to be here at Moulton! I grew up in Boone, Iowa but I went to college in Texas at the University of Houston. I graduated in 2014 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I love spending time with my husband, family, and my dog named Jack. I love going for walks and taking my dog to the park. I also love to read and go to the movies. I look forward to a great year!
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’m looking forward to my second year at Moulton Elementary and Des Moines Public Schools. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2007 and spent my first six years at St. Theresa Catholic School in Des Moines. I hope I’m able to be a positive role model for the students and help them make healthy choices a habit for the rest of their lives. We will be focusing on learning how to move correctly, so students become more confident and want to move more often.
I have been teaching for 16 years, and 15 of those years have been at Moulton Elementary. I truly enjoy my position working in Kindergarten and my students here at Moulton. I attended Dowling Catholic High School and then graduated from College of St. Mary.
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.
My name is Kevin Huck. I am the Behavior strategist here at Moulton. I graduated from East High School here in Des Moines and earned a degree from Iowa State University in elementary education. I have spent nearly eighteen years teaching and coaching in Missouri. I also earned a master’s degree in education during my time in Missouri. I am very happy to be back home in Des Moines and thrilled to be part of such a wonderful group of educators here at Moulton Elementary School. I consider it a privilege to help all of our students become great citizens and lifelong learners.
Hello to all Moulton Elementary families/guardians and students. My name is Ms. Dustin M. Ibarra. I am honored to be a part of this district and more importantly…Moulton Elementary. I have had a personal mission to help children in any aspect since I was a child myself. I know this goal came from not having someone to talk to when tragedy struck my family. Connection and communication are two areas that I feel can strengthen relationships. Please feel free to contact me via email, phone, or come in to the school.
I am a single mom with 4 children. They are ranging in age from 21 down to 8. We moved to the Des Moines area a few years ago and have grown to love and reestablish a home in the metro area. It truly feels like home.
I received my education at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa and actively pursued a counseling position in this area. I began my career in a small district north of the city but knew I wanted to be a part of the DMPS system. Moulton Elementary students and families have already become such a big part of my life. I look forward to meeting more and more families/guardians as the students and I make connections in large group or classroom counseling, once a week, small groups with more focus in certain areas, and individual counseling as well. We can all reach for success by working together.
My teaching career started in Chicago as a preschool teacher for Old St. Patrick’s Parochial School. One year later, in 1990, I took a Kindergarten position with Des Moines Schools at Moulton Elementary. I have been here ever since. I graduated from Simpson College in 1988 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I also received a Master’s Degree in 2000 from Viterbo University. I also have endorsements in Early Childhood and Reading. I am married with two children. My oldest son is a junior at Iowa State University and my youngest son is a senior at Johnston High School. I feel fortunate to be part of the Moulton community. I love teaching the Kindergarten students at Moulton. Every day is a new adventure!
Mr. Jergens has been teaching first grade at Moulton since 2015. He graduated from UNI in 2014 with a degree in elementary education. He also has endorsements in social studies, reading, and athletic coaching. Mr. Jergens is currently working towards his master’s degree in Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leadership. His favorite part of teaching first grade is teaching students how to read!
Seeing students’ bright smiles and eagerness to learn every morning, is why I teach Fourth Grade. With nine and ten year olds, every day is new adventure! This is my second year teaching fourth grade at Moulton Elementary. Before that, I was a long term substitute at Howe, Riverwoods, Capitol View, and Garton. I graduated from Simpson College in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education, and went on to take graduate classes at Drake University. I currently have endorsements in math and social studies, and am working on my reading endorsement. I love teaching because I learn about the world and the unlimited possibilities that 20 young minds bring to me each day.
I have been teaching for 25+ years. I graduated from DSU in South Dakota with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I taught in 1st and 2nd grades for 14 years in a large school district in South Dakota before transferring to Iowa. Since I have been in Iowa I have worked in the West Des Moines, Dioceses of Des Moines and the Des Moines Public Schools.In Iowa I have have taught in the 1st, 3rd, and 6th grades, as well as worked in the Title Programs. I have spent a large portion of my Iowa career at Moulton.
Since I first began teaching, there have been many changes in education, especially in the area of technology. I am always striving to keep up with what is best for the children.
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.
I am a speech pathologist for DMPS that serves both Moulton and River Woods this year. I have 3 children …. One lives in LA CA, one in Boston and my youngest just moved to Chicago. In my spare time I love to read, go to movies and spend time with friends. I am an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in West DesMoines. This is my 3rd year at Moulton and I love the students and staff and am so happy to be here!!
Lorrie joined the Moulton staff during the 2016 – 17 school year. She has excellent experience in working with students that are emerging readers! She is excited to be working with the staff and students here at Moulton!
I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with a coaching endorsement. I received my reading endorsement from Upper Iowa University in 1994. I have been at Moulton since 1991. This is my 25th year teaching at this amazing school!
I am currently a math and reading interventionist in kindergarten and 1st grade. I love my job! I enjoy working with students to give them the extra support and encouragement they need to be successful in and out of the classroom.
Married to Randy Perrigo he works for Sysco Food Service in Ankeny.
I have one Son his name is David and he is a Associate Principle at Valley High School.
Daughter In Law-Leslie is an Instructional Coach at Maple Grove Elementary in Waukee.
Joy of my life are Grandson Nelsen (5) and Granddaughter Jocelyn Perrigo (2.5).
I enjoy scrap booking, ISU Athletics and time with family and friends.
It seems just like yesterday that I was hired at my first teaching position as a fourth grade teacher. That was in 1990 at Central City School District in Central City, Iowa. As a young professional teacher, I wanted to make a difference every day that I would teach. Fast forward 20+ years, teaching first grade, second grade, coaching volleyball and track, switching school districts, teaching literacy and mathematics, preschool, sixth grade, fifth grade and now first grade, I still believe I touch the future every day I teach.
I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls with an elementary education degree and a coaching endorsement. I went back in 2006 to Grandview College to receive my reading endorsement. When my family and I moved to the Des Moines area, I sought a school that follows an extended calendar. The search lead me to Moulton Extended Learning Center in 1999 and helped me expand my learning and teaching to the present. I enjoy every day I can come to school to teach someone, learn something, and have fun.
I enjoy teaching because every day brings something new and I appreciate that challenge. My favorite part of teaching is seeing the smiles on children’s faces when they succeed at something they have been working hard at. I graduated from Iowa State University in 2004 with a degree in Elementary Education. I also have endorsements in Reading, English/Language Arts and Coaching.
I grew up in Nebraska and my family moved to Des Moines, Iowa while I was in high school. I graduated from Southeast Polk High School in 2006. I went on to attend Grand View University, GO VIKINGS! I graduated from GVU in 2012 with a BA in Elementary Education with an endorsement in math. In 2014, I returned to GVU and received my reading endorsement.
I started at Moulton in October of 2014 as an interventionist. This will be my first full year at Moulton and my first year teaching 3rd grade and I could not be more excited! When I am not teaching I like to read books, play with my dogs, and spend time with my family!
My name is Aaron Smith, and I am the SUCCESS Case Manager here at Moulton. I am currently in my 19th year working with students at Moulton. I started as a Student Mentor here in 1995, and have been with the SUCCESS Program since 2000. Outside of work, I like to cook, sing with my band Faculty Lounge, acting, watching sports and spending time with my family. I am the proud father of three young ladies and one gentleman, and a new grandfather to my grandson Dominic.
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.
Hi, my name is Heather Werning- aka Mrs. W. and I am the Shared Vision Preschool Teacher at Moulton. In 2009 I came to Moulton as a graduate from Iowa State University and have been here ever since. I love every part of preschool from the singing, dancing, playing, experimenting, reading, and of course learning that we do every day. The pure joy that glows from a child when they learn something new and the number of times I get to see that in a day is what keeps me here at Moulton.
My husband and I currently live in a small town north of Ankeny with our daughter Victoria who turned 2 this past June and are expecting our second child this coming April. As a family we love spending time outdoors, whether it is fishing, 4 wheeling, hiking, or just playing at a park you will more than likely catch us outdoors. I also love to read and scrapbook! I look forward to meeting you throughout this coming school year!!!
Hello! I Graduated from Grand View University in December of 1994 with a BA in Elementary Education. In 1998 I concluded my endorsements in Special Education (Instructional Strategist 1) and Reading. I am in the process of completing my masters in Leadership at Buena Vista University. In 2013 I joined the Moulton staff. I believe that every student can be successful in their academics, every student is special, and every student belongs.