Educational Background: Bachelors – Theatre & English: Creative Writing ; Masters in the Art of Teaching (MAT) – Pacific University, Oregon.
Favorite thing about East: The dedicated and hard-working staff and students
Interest/ hobbies: Practicing Defense Against the Dark Arts
Education: I am a proud East High Alumni 😊. After leaving East, I attended DMACC, Grand View, and then Drake for my master’s degree.
Favorite thing about East: The pride it instills in the students and faculty.
Hobbies/interest: When I am not at school, I love spending time with my family and watching my 2 kids play in the different sports they are in. I also love to shop, read, and spend time with friends.
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Education: BA UNI (English), MA Viterbo (Education), MA Concordia (Curriculum and Instruction)
Favorite thing about East: I enjoy the inclusive atmosphere at East.
Hobbies/Interest: I enjoy traveling, yardword, and spending time with my family.
Educational Background: BA from Simpson College in Journalism and Mass Communication. Masters of Arts in Teaching from Simpson College.
Favorite thing about East: All the diversity that the students bring to the classroom.
Hobbie or interests: Love to bike, race cyclocross, run, camp, hike in the mountains, fish, and spend time with my son.
Educational Background: College- BA English Iowa State University, Teaching License ELA MA -Morningside College Masters in Teaching Special Education.
Favorite Thing About East- I love the relationships I have with the kids and staff.
Hobbies/Interests- Traveling with my family, reading cooking, yoga
Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Grand View University
Master of Arts in special education with an emphasis in behavior disorders/learning disorders from Morningside College
Favorite Thing About East: The willingness of the students to work hard to succeed at any task presented to them.
Hobbies: Watching his 2 daughters play softball and hockey, running, exploring Iowa’s scenic byways, and watching football (Chicago Bears and the Iowa Hawkeyes)
Educational Background: BA in biology and chemistry from Grand View, Master of Arts in Teaching from Simpson
Favorite thing about East: The community within the building.
Hobbies: Baking, yoga, listening to crime podcasts and spending time with family.
Educational Background: I graduated with my undergrad degree from Iowa State in 2012 and most recently completed my master’s degree from Drake University in 2019.
Favorite thing about East High: This is my first year at East High. I am looking forward to the opportunity to grow and learn along with the students.
Hobbies/interest: In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my wife and daughter, woodworking, and being outdoors.
Educational Background: AA: Kirkwood Community College, BA English University of Iowa, Teaching License ELA ISU, MA Morningside College Masters in Teaching Special Education.
Favorite Hobbbies: Teacher, mother, activist, Beatlemaniac.
Educational Background: Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa in Linguistics with emphasis in ELL and a Certificate in Deaf Studies, Master of Science in Secondary Education from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
Favorite thing about East High: The diversity! And the long history of tradition and school spirit. GO SCARLETS!
Hobbies/interest: Reading, drinking coffee, sleeping, shopping, being outside, boating/swimming, Netflix, anything with my friends and family.
Educational Background: BA-Simpson College: K-12 Physical Education , Endorsement-Upper Iowa: Instructional Strat. Morningside: Masters
Favorite thing about East: Community, Tradition, Diversity
Hobbies: Home improvement projects, Sports, Listening to podcasts, hanging with the family
Educational Background: BA- BPMI at ISU, BS – Bio at ISU, MA à Science Education at UNI
Favorite thing about East High: The People
Hobbies/interest: Read, Paint, Draw
Education: University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in English Education.
Hobbies/interest: Reading, running and watching football!
Educational Background: I taught middle school for 7 years. This will be my 3rd year at East. Total 10 years in DMPS. Also, 8 years teaching Medical Spanish at Des Moines University.
Favorite thing about East High: My favorite thing about East High is the student body diversity. I love walking the hallways where students shine with leadership abilities and teachers go the extra mile to make sure students are successful.
Hobbies/interest: I enjoy going to the movies with my family and game night with friends. When I’m not traveling, I enjoy attending local community events, reading, photography, and watching my daughter’s soccer games
Educational Background: BA- UNI, MA- Drake
Favorite Thing About East: Our school motto, and working with students who live it out.
Hobbies: Hiking, NBA, movies/books/podcasts
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English—The University of Iowa, Master of Arts in Teaching—Drake University
Favorite thing about East: The students and staff!
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family and friends, shopping for antiques, vintage and fun finds, baking, and more…
Educational Background: BA in English with a minor in Theatre from Coe College; Certification in Secondary Education from the University of Iowa; MFA in Educational Theatre and Children’s Theatre from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Courses you teach: AP Language and Composition (for DMPS and DMACC credit); College Speech for DMPS and DMACC credit)
Favorite thing about East High: I love that when I came from Hoyt to EHS I got to teach some of my students for 7 years, & I love the diversity and it has enriched the life my parents blessed me with.
What hobbies or free time activities you enjoy: I love being a mother, reading, and swimming. I am active in church and with extra curricular activities at East. I hope to learn to knit now that my kids are in college. I love to travel with my youngest son to his triathlons and look forward to traveling with my oldest son for pure adventure and enjoyment
Education- BS in Social Science with a minor in Geography from Portland State University Currently working on a MA-TESOL.
Favorite Thing About East- I love the students at East.
Hobbies/Interests- Walking, being outdoors, embroidery, cats, my kids, dance, baseball.
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EDUCATION: HS: Algona, Iowa, Undergrad: Concordia, Nebraska/UNI – Secondary Education, English & Instructional Strategist , Masters – UNI, Special Education
Favorite thing about East: Seeing the pride our students and families have for our school and community. I enjoy the camaraderie!
Education: Graduated from Luther College in 2019 with degrees in Studio Art and Art Education
Hobbies/interest: I enjoy drawing and painting, visiting museums and art galleries, riding my bike, hiking, and traveling to music festivals!
My favorite thing about East: The great sense of community between staff and students.
Educational Background: Bachelor of Music (Temple University), Teacher License (Regents Alternative Pathway, U of Iowa), ESL endorsement (William Penn), Secondary English endorsement (Grandview and U of Phoenix)
Favorite thing about East High: the people (students and staff)
Hobbies/interest: Hiking, gardening, playing music, and reading
Educational Background: B.S. in Secondary Education, Minors in Graphic Design and Music from Drake University
Favorite thing about East High: The diversity and personalities of all the students.
What hobbies or free time activities you enjoy: Listening to music and going to festivals, playing video games, baking desserts, and napping.
Education: B.S. The Iowa State University
Hobbies/Interest: Golf, fishing, and reading.
Favorite thing about East: Eastsiders
Education: BS from Drake in Mathematics, Secondary Mathematic Education, Business Endorsement Upper Iowa , MBA Drake University
Favorite thing about East: Students
Hobbies: Soccer, cooking, gardening, reading, biking, working out.
Educational Background: B.A. in History and English from Iowa Wesleyan University, M.A. in History from Western Illinois University, B.A. in Education and ESL/ELL endorsement from Upper Iowa University
Favorite thing about East High: Our students–because of their resilience and willingness to work hard every day.
Hobbies/interest: spending time with family, reading, playing basketball, running
Education: BA in Secondary Education University of Maine
Educational Background: BA in Secondary Ed.
Education: Endorsements in English, Speech, and Theater. Attended Grand View and Drake Universities.
Favorite things: My family, my pets, music, camping and creativity!
Education: Drake University: BS in Elementary Education, Morningside College: Master’s in Special Education
Favorite thing about East: students and staff
Hobbies: cooking, reading, family, camping
Educational Background: BA Elementary Education, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Endorsement ages Birth-21 and an American Sign Language Minor from the University of Iowa (2014) MS in Special Education emphasis in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (2019)
Favorite thing about East High: My favorite thing about East High is the long lasting historical pride carried on by the East Side of Des Moines and the the student body who represent East High and it’s values.
Hobbies/interest: I enjoying being outdoors, DIY projects and spending time with friends and family.
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Educational Background: BA in Secondary Education with major in Math and Physical Science, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega University. Master in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies from Iowa State University
Favorite thing about East High: The diversity of the people.
Hobbies/interest: Reading, dancing, drawing and painting
Educational Background: BA University of Iowa 2011, MSE Drake University 2015
Courses you teach: Journalism teacher, Quill and Scroll Publications adviser., Dog mom, aunt, yogi and softball coach.
Favorite thing about East High: My students & our classroom.
What hobbies or free time activities you enjoy: Spending time with family, being an aunt, yoga and going out to eat.
Education: BA: University of Iowa –Journalism and English, ELL endorsement: University of So. Maine, MA: Viterbo University- Education
Favorite thing about EHS: diversity of the school community
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends and family, walking my dog, cooking, reading, exercising, and being outdoors.
Educational Background: Graduated from Ankeny High School and attended University of Northern Iowa. I have degrees in Math Teaching and Spanish.
Favorite thing about East High: The diversity and energy
Hobbies/interest: Spending time with my dog Bella; hanging out with my family; enjoy music and movies
Education: AA DMACC (Liberal Arts) BA Grand View University (English) MS Walden University (Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment)
Favorite thing about East: My favorite part about East is the history and the pride that goes with it.
Hobbies/interest: I enjoy gardening, camping, and hanging out with my granddaughter.
Educational Background: H.S. Sioux Central (Sioux Rapids, IA College: Iowa State University 1998
Favorite thing about East High: I love the energy that East brings out of people. The Staff and Students seem to bring out a positive level of energy that creates an environment of wanting to be a part of something big.
Hobbies/interest: I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I like to golf, play Bags and attend sporting events when time allows.
Education: BS in Computer Science , MA in Teaching (M.U.M.), Maters in School mathematics: In progress ( I.S.U.)
Hobbies: Teaching, Reading and analyzing writers’ work, spending time with family, and cooking.
Favorite thing about East: The students and staff
Education: Grandview– Bachelors in History & Secondary Education, minor Government
Drake– Masters in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Course: Government & Personal Economics
Favorite thing about East!: Community Pride
Hobbies: Spending time with family, Reading/Watching News, Streaming shows, Landscaping/Gardening
Education: MA Ed. Concordia University, Irvine CA, Drake University – Multi Cat Endorsement
Favorite Thing about East: The diversity of the school. Hearing so many different languages spoken in the hallways
Hobbies: Traveling, gardening, cooking, reading, doing outdoor activities, enjoying time with my grandkids.
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Education: Iowa State – BS in Elementary Education, UNI – Master’s in Special Education
Favorite thing about East: The diversity
Hobbies: Baking, going to ISU football and basketball games, spending time with my family
UNI– Bachelors in Elementary Education
- Masters in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
- Admin License
Working towards a Strat 1 5-12 endorsement
Favorite thing about East!: Community Pride
Hobbies: Reading, watching sports (all), spending time with family, and going to our lake house in Missouri!
Education: Dowling Catholic High School , Eastern Montana University , Drake University , & Viterbo University
Hobbies/interest: Mother of 2 20-somethings, both attended East. Love to cook, garden and read.
Favorite thing about East: 16th year at East, love the students, love the staff, could not imagine a better place to be!
Louise Tsafack Mila
Educational Background: 1994 East High Scarlet , 2004 AA @ DMACC, 2007 BA K-12Art Ed @GVC, 2017 MA Art Ed @UofFlorida
About Me: I have taught photo here for the last 10 years and 3D art for the last 2… I worked at the I–Cubs for 11 years so I’m a big Cubs fan… I am a Mary Kay Consultant… I’m married to my best friend Chuck and have a son Dakota (NHS 2014 & Eagle Scout) and stepson Dakota/Koty (EHS 2016 & Eagle Scout) plus an honorary daughter, Jerrica (EHS 2015)… I like to build things and take pictures and draw (portraits mostly) and we were a Scouting family for so long I love nature, real camping and the environment
Education: HS: Bondurant-Farrar, BS: Iowa State University MA: Viterbo University
This will be my 17th year at East and 21st year teaching math.
Hobbies: biking, sewing, music
Educational Background: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (K-6) from Upper Iowa University with a Reading Endorsement (K-8) and Driver’s Education Endorsement (5-12), Masters of Education from Graceland University in Differentiating Instruction and currently attending Morningside College to obtain a Special Education Endorsement (5-12).
Courses you teach: Algebra Foundations 3, Math Transitions
Favorite thing about East High: The students and staff!
What hobbies or free time activities you enjoy: I enjoy biking, walking, hiking, traveling, attending Iowa Hawkeye Football games, spending time with my two sons and daughter.
Educational Background: B.A. in Communications/Journalism from the University of Iowa, Post Baccalaureate Certification in Secondary English Education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, MSE in Culturally Responsive Leadership and Instruction from Drake University
Favorite thing about East High: The students, alumni, and the many traditions
Hobbies/interest: Reading, going to the movies, walking my pup, traveling, and watching football (college and NFL)
Educational Background: I began my post-secondary education journey at Simpson College in pursuit of a BA in Physical Education and Health degrees with endorsements in Special Education and Coaching. After three years, I transferred to Buena Vista University to finished my course work.
Favorite thing about East High: My favorite part of East High is how genuine it is. East can be described as a lot of things as many may know. Yet, it is a place that allows people from many different backgrounds to be themselves and have the opportunity to grow in positives ways that makes it a beautiful place.
Hobbies/interest: I enjoy working out, reading books, building and spending time with my family and friends in my free time.