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.
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.
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!
Josh has been teaching at Windsor since 2012. He grew up in Algona, IA and later recieved his BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa. Josh enjoys spending time with family and friends and being active.
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.
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.
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.
“Hello! My name is Crystal Heddinger, formerly “Miss M”. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2014. I have my degree in early childhood and elementary education with and emphasis in special education. I live in West Des Moines with my husband, Jacob and our dog, Finley. I joined the Windsor staff in 2016 and have worked with multiple grade levels each year. I absolutely love my job, the staff, and students here at Windsor! Go Wildcats!”
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!!
I have been with the Des Moines Public Schools since 1994, I have taught 1st grade and kindergarten. 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
To find out more about our classroom visit our website at www.2ndgradewildcats.weebly.com!
I graduated Iowa State University in December of 2017, and this will be my first year of teaching! 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. I just recently moved to Des Moines, and I’m so excited to begin my teaching career in such a wonderful city and school.