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.
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.
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.
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 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.