Specials

Jessica Dietz

Music

P: (515) 242-8430 | E: jessica.dietz@dmschools.org

Class Description

Music

Biography

I have been teaching music at Des Moines Public Schools since 2014. I am a graduate of the University of Iowa and hold a master’s degree in music education from Drake University. Before returning to Iowa to teach music, I was a shark biologist in Florida. I love sharks! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing music, playing sports, and, of course, cheering on my Iowa Hawkeyes. GO HAWKS! I am also a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Cardinals. I truly love what I do!

Mindi McCoy

Art

P: (515) 242-8430 | E: mindi.mccoy@dmschools.org

Class Description

Art

Biography

Hello, I would like to introduce myself to the Perkins family. My name is Mindi McCoy and I am 41 years old and live in Urbandale. I am from Council Bluffs, IA and have lived in the Des Moines area since 1998. I am single, and live with a Yorkie/Maltese mix named Ellie, and a Calico cat named Chloe. My hobbies include Yoga, Biking, walking my dog, dining out with friends (I don’t cook but, love to eat) going to the downtown farmers market, seeing movies, and watching some bad TV to relax at the end of each day. I enjoy reading next to the pool in the summers although, don’t read as much as I would like to during the school year. And yes, I have to admit, I am one of those women that dress their little dogs up in outfits and I do carry her around in a purse.

My degree is in Art Education from Northwest Missouri State University, where I graduated in 1994. I was also commissioned as a 2ndlieutenant in the U.S. Army when I graduated. I was able to pay for my own college by going through Army ROTC. After graduating, I spent a little time at Ft. Ben Harrison doing some active duty training before it closed, and then I worked as a K-12 Art teacher in a small town in Missouri for 3 years before moving to Des Moines.

Since moving to Des Moines I have worked as an elementary art teacher, and a high school alternative teacher, and I also worked for DMACC in the high school completion program for 5 years. While working at Callanan I also worked as an adjunct professor at DMACC for the past 10 years. I do hold a Masters degree from Iowa State. Go Cyclones! I am certified in the State of Iowa to teach K-6 Art, 7-12 Art, and 7-12 Multicat.

I am no longer in the Army Reserve. I did enjoy it, and I got to do things that a lot of people never get to do! I have gone skydiving, rappelling, rode in Blackhawks, and tanks, and I even got to blow stuff up! I do have some fun scars from my time. I have a little scar on my elbow from my one and only attempt at an Aussie repel.

I am happy to be back in an art classroom where I belong. I do have to say the students at Perkins are GREAT! They are enthusiastic learners and I have had the pleasure of seeing some real artistic talent. I am excited to guide them through the process of learning about the various art media and techniques as well as different artist styles throughout history. We will also spend some time talking about our art and critiquing it. I do make an effort to connect what we are doing in the art room to what the students are learning in social studies and science, and to reinforce the language arts concepts in the art room.

Please feel free to stop in the Art room any time and check out what is going on!

Mike Southmayd

Physical Education

P: (515) 242-8430 | E: michael.southmayd@dmschools.org

Class Description

Physical Education

Biography

I have been working in Des Moines for the past 6 years.  I am a proud graduate of Central College where I majored in Exercise Science.  After college I started working for the district at Hoyt middle school.  After 3 years at Hoyt I moved to Perkins elementary where I have been currently teaching for the past 3 years.  I consider myself a sports time and most of my hobbies revolve around athletics.  When I am not teaching you can find me with my family, on the golf course, or watching whatever sport is in season.  I love the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Cleveland Browns, the Indiana Pacers, and the Chicago Cubs.