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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 13  years and a school nurse for 27. 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

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 have an Associates Degree from DMACC in General Studies with certifications in Management,  Accounting,  Supervision and Digital Marketing. I am enrolled at Simpson College currently working on my BA in Human Services with a Sociology Minor.  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

Jean Maurer

SUCESS Case Manager
P: 515-242-8440 | F: 515-323-8648 | E:

Kathy Metelman

ELL Teacher

Scott Nichols


Hi Everyone!

My name is Scott Nichols and I am now in my 10th year as principal of Windsor Elementary. It seems crazy how fast the time has gone! Prior to Windsor, I was a Dean of Students for two 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.

I have a wife, Stacie, and two children – one in college and one that is out of school and just got married this last summer. 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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Kathleen Warren

Art Teacher