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Becky Bolte

4th Grade Teacher

Sandy Byriel

Kindergarten Teacher

Saudia Cowman

1st Grade Teacher

Rebecca Damman

2nd Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Rebecca Damman. I was born and raised in Ankeny, Iowa. At Iowa State University, I obtained my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education in the Fall of 2020. My endorsements include reading and English language arts. This is my first year teaching 2nd grade at Windsor Elementary School. I am excited to be a part of the Des Moines Public School District. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with friends and family and painting.

Hanna Groepper

2nd Grade Teacher
P: 515-242-8440 | F: 515-323-8648 | E: hanna.groepper@dmschools.org

Beth Hansen

Counselor

Ms. Doeden is so excited to be the school counselor at Windsor! She spends her free time reading, having coffee with friends, and hanging out with her dog Chewy.

Diane Kair

Kindergarten Teacher

Janelle Leahy

3rd Grade Teacher

I have been with the Des Moines Public Schools since 1994, I have taught kindergarten through 3rd grade. In the year 2000 I came to Windsor.   I am also proud to say I spent 12 years as a student in Des Moines Public Schools and am a Roosevelt alum!  Go Riders!  I graduated from Grand View University with a degree in elementary education and later earned my early childhood endorsement.  I enjoy working with young children and their families.

Traci Merical

5th Grade Teacher

Amy Nichol

5th Grade Teacher

I have been teaching in Des Moines for 20 years. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1999 and earned my master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in 2013. This will be my ninth year at Windsor Elementary. Before teaching at Windsor, I taught special education and 2nd grade at Capitol View Elementary, and 3rd grade at Edmunds Elementary.
My husband and I live in Clive with our 3 children Adison, Grace, and Brady, and our dog Dash.

kate Pimlott

4th grade

Jacqui Powers

Special Education Teacher

Jacqui joined the Windsor staff in 1999 as a Resource Teacher.  She graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a degree in elementary education with an emphasis in special education.  She received her master’s  degree in learning disabilities from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1987.  Jacqui lives in Urbandale with her husband and has three children.

Kate Rodriguez

4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Rodriguez graduated from Iowa State University with a teaching degree. After college she joined the Peace Corps in Costa Rica.  In Costa Rica, Mrs. Rodriguez taught environmental education and English in public elementary schools. She has been a teacher in Des Moines since 1999 and at Windsor since 2007.  In Des Moines she has taught Spanish, 4th grade, and 5th grade.  Mrs. Rodriguez also earned her Master’s degree in Education from Viterbo University in 2010.

Hi my name is Sarah and I am excited to be joining Windsor Elementary. I graduated from Coe College in 2017 and have spent the past 5 years working in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as a kindergarten teacher. Currently I am in the process of completing my Masters degree through Buena Vista University. I love to read, try to golf and travel but most of my free time is spent snuggling up to my pug Winston! I can’t wait to discover all Des Moines has to offer and build relationships with the students and families of Windsor Elementary!

Juli Smith

Kindergarten Teacher
P: 515-242-8440 | F: 515-323-8648 | E: juli.smith@dmschools.org

Welcome to kindergarten! My name is Juli Smith, and I have been teaching with Des Moines Public Schools since 2005. I graduated from The University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education. I have a reading endorsement, as well as, early childhood education and early childhood special education endorsements. Before coming to Windsor, I taught a wide range of grade levels including preschool, kindergarten, first, second, fourth, and fifth grade students.

Rachel Zimmerman

3rd Grade Teacher
P: 515-242-8440 | F: 515-323-8648 | E: rachel.zimmerman@dmschools.org
I graduated Iowa State University in December of 2017, and this will be my fifth year at Windsor. I taught 5th grade for two years, and this will be my third year with 3rd grade. I love it!
I’m originally from Harlan, IA where I grew up on my family’s dairy farm alongside my twin sister, Emily, and my younger brother, Josh. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing guitar, being active outside, and spending time with my friends and family.