I know that Goodrell is the best Middle School in Des Moines and feel very lucky to be a part of this community. I have my BA in Elementary Education with math and middle school endorsements. I started teaching at Goodrell in 2005. When I am not at school I love hanging out with my wife and 2 daughters. We enjoy biking, gardening, and doing anything outdoors.
My name is Shanon Buckroyd, and I am this is my 14th year teaching and my sixth at Goodrell. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy reading, running, and spending time with my family.
I am excited to work with the students and staff at Goodrell! My role is teaching 7th Grade Mathematics. I hold a dual degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Western Governors University. My husband and I live in Grimes and we enjoy golf, movies, spending time with friends and family, and singing and playing guitar.
Hello! I’m Ms. Fallbacher ((soon to be Mrs. Norenberg)) I teach 7th grade Science and Individuals and Societies. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL ((Da Bears!)) and moved to Des Moines for college at Drake University! ((Go Bulldogs!)) I enjoy biking, painting and going to the downtown farmers market! I love being part of the Pride of Des Moines!
I have been teaching at Goodrell since 1989 and have loved every minute of it. To me, science is a verb not a noun. I believe kids should be actively engaged in class and I hope to provide that for your child. I love to be outdoors either hunting, fishing, bbq’in, or camping. I have triplets that were born in 1996 and a wonderful wife who works in the district as well. I look forward to a great experience with your son or daughter!!
I enjoy teaching FCS at Goodrell Middle School. Cooking , baking, and spending time with family and friends rank as my favorites. My husband and I have three grown children that live in the Des Moines area. We also enjoy sharing our home with our dog and two cats.
Welp, this is my 31st year at this school. Yes, I am/ have been getting kids of kids for quite awhile. I think I am about to get a third generation soon-time to check on my retirement package. I love this school and so do the 4 of my kids. I hope that I gave many memories in the past and I still plan on giving a few over the next 4 or 5 yrs. Chickens….I am buying chickens for the courtyard. I hope the kids will love them.
I come from Illinois, where I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’ degrees in Education. I began at Goodrell in 2007. I now live in Altoona with my husband, Paul, and my son, Alex. My oldest son, Alan currently lives on the west coast, with his wife and my two grandsons.
I have been a math teacher for the Des Moines Public Schools since I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988. Most of those years have been at Goodrell Middle School. I am married to my husband, Mike, and have 2 sons, Paul and Zachary. I enjoy gardening, reading and baking.
My blog with math activities and games to practice your math skills is www.kocklermath.blogspot.com.
I am an Individuals & Societies teacher here at Goodrell. I started teaching in 2000 as a special education teacher at Hoover High School where I also coached baseball, football, and swimming. I have lived on the East side of Des Moines my entire life. I went to Brooks Elementary School, Goodrell Middle School, and East High School. I am extremely lucky to be working at such a wonderful school in my own neighborhood. My wife Erin is a teacher at Pleasant Hill Elementary and we have one son, Tyler. I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, and cheering on the Bears, Cubs, and Hawkeyes.
My name is Mr. Manson. Besides teaching, I coach the 8th grade football team for East High School. In my free time I enjoy time with my family, working out, watching sports and reading. I teach language arts and civics. I look forward to working with you and getting to know you throughout the year.
Hi, I am Sandi Tollari. I’ve been teaching at Goodrell since 1997. I grew up in Des Moines and attended Madison Elementary, Hiatt Middle School, and East High School. I earned a B.A. from Grand View as well as a M.S. from Iowa State University. My husband, Jaime, and I have three children. They are the light of our lives! I love teaching reading and writing skills to middle school students. Eighth grade is my absolute favorite! The best job in the world is working with my students and witnessing them learn and grow.
Kristen Van Dyke
I have been with DMPS since 2001 in the capacity of Special Education Associate in a variety of settings which include elementary and secondary settings. In 2016, I graduated from college and received my license to teach a few months later. I am excited to be teaching English Learners in our ELL program. Building relationships with my students while creating a safe environment to learn is a priority in my classroom along with learning all we can about language! When I’m not at school I enjoy spending time with my husband and boys and reading books.
I have been teaching since 1987 and I have taught at Goodrell since 1996. I teach Healthy Choices. I was born and raised on the East side of Des Moines. I went to Garton Elementary, Goodrell Middle School, and East High School. My family consists of my wife Beth and our 3 children, Hannah, Rory, and Mary Kate. When not teaching I love to be with my family, reading Irish History, or cheering on Alabama University athletics.
I have my BS in Earth Science. I have two horses that I love riding with my daughter. I’m also an avid Scuba Diver. I feel that teaching is a calling.
I am a 2003 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. I have degrees in Elementary and Middle Level Education with a mathematics minor. I am very proud to be a Panther! I have been teaching math in the Des Moines Public Schools since the fall of 2003. I am married to my husband, Michael, and we have a daughter. When I’m not teaching math, I enjoy singing, reading and spending time with our new baby.