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Justin Ballard

Instructional Coach /Dean of Students

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

Nurse Bennett has been a nurse at Windsor for 11  years and a school nurse for 25. 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

Lynn Bowen

Instructional Coach

Casey Brown

Office Manager

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

Ruth Ann Gostomski

Interventionist

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

Kathy Metelman

ELL Teacher

Scott Nichols

Principal
Hi Everyone!
My name is Mr. Nichols. It’s hard to believe, but I am starting my 8th year as principal of Windsor Elementary already.  Time has just flown by.  Prior to Windsor, I was a Dean of Students for three years at River Woods Elementary in Des Moines and I was a classroom teacher in Knoxville, Iowa and Humboldt, Iowa for 15 years before coming to DMPS.   I have a Bachelor’s degree for Iowa State University in Elementary Education, I have a Mater’s Degree from Drake University in ETLL – Curriculum, and a Specialist’s Degree from Drake University in Educational Leadership.
At home, I live with my wife Stacie, our two children, and our two dogs.  I am very active in the community through the Lion’s Club and I was also a Boy Scout Leader for 12 years.  In my spare time I enjoy watching Iowa State, reading, playing cards, and bowling – or at least trying to bowl.
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Kathy Posekany

Associate

Kathleen Warren

Art Teacher