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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

Becky Bolte

4th Grade Teacher

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 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.

Sandy Byriel

Kindergarten Teacher

Saudia Cowman

1st Grade Teacher

Beth Doeden


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.

Nancie Dorrell

Special Education Teacher

Tricia Dyer

PE Teacher

Teena Edwards

Kindergarten Teacher

I have lived in Des Moines all my life thus far. I graduated from Drake University with a degree in elementary education with a reading endorsement. I earned a Master’s degree in Education from Viterbo  University. I have been with Des Moines Public Schools since 1993. I have taught 1st grade, kindergarten and reading recovery.  I enjoy long walks, biking and spending time with family.

Karen Fatino

Library Associate

Abby Gero

1st Grade Teacher

Ruth Ann Gostomski


Howard Harmsen

Music Teacher

Cathy Harned

Special Education Associate

Crystal Heddinger

Special Education

Stacy Hoffman

2nd Grade Teacher

Stacy has lived in Des Moines, Iowa her whole life.  She went to Des Moines Public Schools and graduated from East High School in 1979.  She went to Upper Iowa University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  She has been teaching for 18 ½  years.  I love to come to school every day and teach children.  I love my job!!

Diane Kair

Kindergarten Teacher

Emily Knoop

Cluster 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

Kathy Metelman

ELL Teacher

Molly Mitchell

2nd Grade Teacher

Amy Nichol

5th Grade Teacher
Class Description

I have been teaching in Des Moines for 15 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 fourth 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

Scott Nichols

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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Asia Olson

1st Grade Teacher
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Kathy Posekany


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.

Alisa Roth

3rd Grade Teacher

I have been teaching at Windsor since 2012. I grew up in Hudson, IA and later received my BA in Elementary Education with endorsements in special education, reading, and coaching from Drake University, where I also played volleyball. I love spending time with family and friends and being active.

Juli Smith

2nd Grade Teacher

Welcome to 2nd grade! 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.

Kathleen Warren

Art Teacher

Rachel Zimmerman

5th Grade Teacher