Hello! My name is Robin Aslesen. This year is my 9th year working in Des Moines Public Schools and I am excited to start my second year at Madison. I graduated from Augustana with a degree in special education and elementary education. I earned my masters from Drake in literacy education.
My husband and I live in Ankeny and have a 3-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son.
My name is Kristi Bahr and I am a halftime instructional coach and halftime interventionist. I earned my BA from Central College and my Masters from Viterbo University. I have taught special education, 5th grade and an instructional coach in Des Moines Public Schools and Sioux City Community Schools.
My husband and I live in Van Meter with our two elementary age children.
I am excited to teach 4th grade at Madison Elementary this year! In the past, I have taught 5th grade, English Language Learners from all grades, and most recently worked as a Dean of Students. I am a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois and have completed my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Viterbo University in Wisconsin.
My family includes my husband, who is also a teacher, and my two children, Nicholas and Noella. Nicholas is in 3rd grade this year and Noella is 4-years-old. They have taught me more about children and teaching than I thought possible! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, running, and working in my yard.
I am looking forward to using all of my experiences to help your child grow as both a learner and a person. We will have an engaging and exciting school year!
My name is Kayla Bates, I grew up in the Des Moines public school system and I am excited to now be a teacher with Des Moines. I recently graduated from Grand View University with a degree in art education and studio art, along with a minor in photography. My love of teaching began at age 14 while coaching gymnastics and continued to grow over time.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, going to new places, and creating art works of my own.
I am thrilled to start my first year of teaching at Madison Elementary!
I have been teaching 3rd grade at Madison for DMPS my entire career. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from William Penn University.
I believe all students are unique and special. I enjoy teaching and learning about my students, and I love watching them grow and thrive throughout each school year. I look forward to many more wonderful years at Madison! Go Lions!
I am a Des Moines native attending Woodlawn Elementary, Meredith Middle School and Hoover High School. I earned my Bachelors Degree from Grandview University and my Masters in Education from Viterbo University.
I have been teaching in Des Moines Public Schools since 2002 teaching everything from preschool through 4th grade and I have loved teaching every grade.
I am married and have 4 wonderful children. When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my kids, reading, running, and biking.
My name is Miss Doeden and this is my seventh year at Madison Elementary as support staff. I taught middle school for six years and was so excited when I got the chance to move down to elementary. I currently work with K-5th grade students.
My family is very close and I get to see them quite often since they live in the Des Moines metro area. I enjoy traveling and being with my friends.
Madison is a special place and I’m glad I get to work with all the amazing staff and students.
When I am not teaching I spend most of my free time listening to, jamming, practicing and performing music with my friends, family and new acquaintances.
Although I like lots of types of instruments, whistling is my favorite way to make music. Apart from music I spend my time eating, sleeping and climbing trees.
I am looking forward to all of the opportunities that await during my eighth year of teaching at Madison!
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Education from Louisiana Tech University and my Master’s degree from Drake University. I also have a Reading Endorsement and ESL Endorsement. Before at Madison, I taught fourth grade in Chicago, ELL in Des Moines, and kindergarten/first grade in Intensive English Language Center.
I truly feel very lucky to have the best job in the world!!
I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education and my Master’s degree in Reading. I taught Special Education in Maryville, MO for 7 years and one year at Newton, IA before coming to Madison. In my 19 years at Madison, I have taught Title Reading for eight years, 3rd grade for one year, 2nd grade for seven years, and Special Education for 3 years.
My name is Scott Hammonds and I am glad to be a part of the staff at Madison Elementary. I have taught in Des Moines Public Schools as a classroom and ELL teacher. I graduated from Iowa State University and still proudly support my beloved Cyclones.
I enjoy spending time with my two amazing children and stay busy attending their various activities.
It’s a gift to be able to come to work every day and do my part to provide an equitable, excellent, and enjoyable education to students.
My name is Missy Hanasz. I grew up through the Des Moines Public School system as a student. I have had the great opportunity to have worked for our school district since 1994 as a high school softball and volleyball coach and 1998 as a teacher. I have been teaching third grade at Madison since 2006. I feel as if I am “back home”. Madison is the elementary school I attended as a K-5 student. I received my BA from Grand View College in 1998. GO LIONS!!
I am a 2nd grade teacher at Madison Elementary. Prior to being an 2nd grade teacher, I taught fourth grade and was a literacy leader.
I graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA degree in Elementary Education and a Social Studies Endorsement. I received a Special Education Endorsement and completed my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and instruction at Iowa State University. My Reading Endorsement was completed at Viterbo University.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cheering for both the Hawkeyes and Cyclones, boating, reading, and shopping!
To me, teaching is not my job, but my passion.
I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in December 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in Literacy and Mathematics. This is my second year teaching 2nd grade and I am beyond excited to be at Madison Elementary. I believe that all students have their own way of learning and I am thrilled to watch them grow throughout our year together. When I’m not at school I enjoy being outside, running, traveling, and spending time with friends.
I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Elementary Education and a math endorsement. I also graduated from Viterbo University with my Master’s degree in Education and my Reading Endorsement .
I have taught at Madison Elementary for the past 18 years as a K-5 Title Math and Reading teacher. I love helping the students learn both in the classroom and outside the classroom.
Hello! My name is Stephanie Maher. I am proud to have served Madison students and families for the last 17 years as a second, fourth, and fifth grade teacher. Teaching truly is my dream job and I enjoy spending my days helping kids to achieve their goals and gain a strong love for learning.
I obtained my Bachelor’s degree at Grand View University with endorsements in English Language Arts as well as an endorsement in Reading. I have continued my studies in both reading and English as a second language and plan to continue using my knowledge and experience to make a difference in the lives of our students.
I am very excited to start my year at Madison. I earned my BA from Iowa State University with endorsements in reading and English language arts.
I love teaching and making learning fun and engaging for students. I have faith that all students can learn if given the right learning platform.
Hello! I work with students in kindergarten through 5th grade on reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English. I love seeing how students grow in their abilities and confidence from year to year. My areas of specialty are reading and English as a second language. I taught English abroad for 3 years before coming to Iowa, and this is my 10th year with Des Moines Public Schools. I look forward to working with you!
I graduated from Iowa State University.
I have been teaching Physical Education in the Des Moines Public Schools since 1992.
Welcome to an exciting new school year! I am looking forward to my fourth year at Madison Elementary and working with your child to accomplish many great things! Our year will be filled with lots of learning and fun experiences! I love teaching, working with, and inspiring students to become life-long learners.
I am a Des Moines native and a proud graduate from Roosevelt High School. I received a chemistry degree from UNI and my teaching degree from William Penn University. I love all subjects, but math and science are my favorite! I enjoy being outdoors and hanging out with family & friends.
Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you may have. I am looking forward to a fantastic year!
My name is Troy Salazar and I am originally from a small town in Northwest Iowa called Sanborn. I went to Buena Vista University in Storm Lake for my undergraduate degree and I got my master’s degree from Drake.
I have been serving Des Moines Public for 16 years now. I have spent most of that time as either a special education teacher or a school counselor in various locations across the district. My latest role has been as a GT Consultant and I am excited to serve another year in this position!
Let’s make it a great year!
I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and attended the University of Evansville in Indiana. I graduated in May of 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education. One week after graduating, I made the move to Des Moines to live with my sister, who is also a teacher in Des Moines schools. This is my first year teaching 2nd grade, and I am excited to be teaching at Madison Elementary. With the arts being a large part of my life, I cannot wait to continue to learn different ways to incorporate them into my classroom, and make learning as fun as possible for all of my students.
I graduated from Northern State University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 2008. I have worked with young children throughout my entire career. I believe in a close relationship with parents because children need to know that there is a whole team of people who care about their well-being and education.
My husband and I have four children, two boys and two girls. In my spare time, I like to read, go shopping, and play with my rambunctious kids!
I earned my Elementary Education degree from Drake University and my Master’s in Mental Health counseling from Drake University.
I’ve lived in Des Moines my entire life. Teaching is my passion; it’s what I love doing more than anything else.