Other Staff

Jason Baker

ELL Teacher

P: 5152428440 | E: jason.baker@dmschools.org


My name is Jason Baker and I live with my wife, Jennifer, and two daughters, Vivian and Nora, here in Des Moines. I love gardening, cooking, working outside, and going on adventures with my family. This will be my 10th year teaching and I'm excited to join Windsor and Greenwood elementaries for this upcoming school year.

Justin Ballard

Instructional Coach /Dean of Students

P: 515-242-8440 | E: justin.ballard@dmschools.org


My name is Justin Ballard.  My teaching career has spanned over 17 years.  I have experience teaching second through fifth grade. I received my masters in administration and am currently utilizing that degree through the Dean of Students role here at Windsor.   In addition to being the Dean, I am also an Instructional coach, dedicated to guide and assist teachers in their own learning and growth.

Outside of school, I love spending time with my wife and two boys. My boys are 17 and 19. (For my own safety, I will not disclose the age of my wife). I enjoy fishing, my dogs, reading, and riding my bike.

Liz Bennett

School Nurse

P: 515-242-8440 | E: elizabeth.bennett@dmschools.org


Nurse Bennett has been a nurse at Windsor for 5 years and a school nurse for 18. She is from northwest Iowa.  She graduated from University of Iowa's nursing program in 1984. She is married with 3 grown children, all who went to Windsor. When not working, she loves to walk, play golf and spend time in Okoboji, Iowa where she grew up. She is a Hawk fan!

Melissa Bickel

Speech Therapist

P: 515-242-8440 | E: melissa.bickel@dmschools.org

Lynn Bowen

Instructional Coach

P: 515-242-8440 | E: lynn.bowen@dmschools.org

Casey Brown

Office Manager

P: 515-242-8440 | E: casey.brown@dmschools.org


Hi my name is Casey Brown. I have been with DMPS for 10 years in many positions including Sub Associate, ELL Associate and SPED Associate. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and pets. I also enjoy being the Office Manager at Windsor and spending time with the students.

Karen Fatino

Library Associate

P: 5152428440 | E: Karen.Fatino@dmschools.org

Ruth Ann Gostomski


P: 515-242-8440 | E: ruthann.gostomski@dmschools.org


Ruth Ann has been a teacher at Windsor Elementary since 1999.  Prior to teaching second grade, she  taught first grade at Windsor and third and fourth grades in Earlham, Iowa and in Illinois.   She is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in elementary education and a reading endorsement.   She enjoys her work because she loves to see students become better readers, writers, speakers and above all ....thinkers.

Howard Harmsen

Music Teacher

P: 5152428440 | E: howard.harmsen@dmschools.org

Kathy Metelman

ELL Teacher

P: 515-242-8440 | E: kathy.metelman@dmschools.org

Scott Nichols


P: 515-242-8440 | E: robert.nichols@dmschools.org

Kathy Posekany


Kathleen Warren

Art Teacher

P: 515.242.8440 | E: mary.warren@dmschools.org