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.
Kedrin Cruz Hernandez
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.
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Heather Dawson (Mougin)
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 enjoy time with my family, baking, walking and gardening.
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.
Angie McKinley (Mullican)
Hello. I am very excited to start my third year at Goodrell and my eighth year with DMPS. Here is a little information about me:
I have a B.A. in International Communication from Arizona State University, an M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Florida International University, and an Endorsement as an Instructional Strategist I from Morningside College.
Many of my other exciting jobs have included being an assistant to a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons in London, a secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, an Au Pair in Boston, a director of the Baby Club at Club Med in Mexico, a Fulbright recruiter in Cyprus, a human resources assistant on the SS Independence cruise ship in Hawaii, a camp director on Ansbach Army base in Germany, an English teacher for Arab pilots on Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, a Special Education teacher in Iowa, and an ELL teacher in both Washington, DC, and Japan.
On a personal note, I was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. I spent most of my twenties backpacking around the world, visiting over fifty countries. I have been married for the past fourteen years to a man who works as a Special Agent with the FBI. We have four young boys and a cat.
My favorite quote is: “If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.”
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!
Carrie Romo, Ed. S., is an educator and activist from Kansas City, Kansas. She attended Central College in Pella, Iowa where she quickly found her calling towards social justice and equity. In her first year at Central, she got involved with the White Privilege Conference which she credits to helping her channel her confusion and anger into education and action. She served as a planning member for the non-profit organization The Privilege Institute. The Privilege Institute’s mission is to provide challenging, collaborative and comprehensive strategies to empower and equip people to work for equity and justice through self, organizational and social transformation. In 2009, she earned her master’s degree in education focusing in effective teaching and learning with an emphasis in urban education from Drake University. Romo went on to pursue a specialist degree in education focusing on cultural responsive leadership and instruction along with K-12 principalship from Drake University.
Professionally, Romo has taught middle school Spanish and she also served as a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness in Undergraduate Programming advisor. More recently, Romo was hired as a Culture Climate Community Coordinator (C3) with Des Moines Public Schools. Currently, she serves as an Associate Principal at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. Her passion is learning, leading and fostering an understanding of how the intersections of identities and privileges impact teaching and learning. To this end, Romo plans, leads and contributes to the professional development opportunities within school buildings, across the district and in the community. Furthermore, Romo served as a founding member of Dream to Teach, an initiative to increase the representation of educators of color in the Des Moines Public School system. Lastly, she is the co-founder of LeaderShift, a grassroots group of teachers who are committed to building the capacity within themselves and others to do the work of equity in schools. While Romo is fully committed to affecting change in the world, she is also dedicated to her family. Romo is married with three children and finds that her family fuels her passion, keeps her motivated and hopeful for a more just and equitable world!
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.
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 daughter.