5th Grade

Valerie Wilcox

5th Grade

E: valerie.wilcox@dmschools.org

Biography

This is my second year of teaching at Findley Elementary and my twelfth year of teaching in all.  Before coming to Findley I taught fourth grade for one year in Hoover, Alabama.  Prior to living in Alabama I lived in Des Moines and taught for Des Moines Public Schools at Lovejoy Elementary (2003-2007) and Edmunds Elementary (2007-2012).  Previously I have taught third, fourth, and fifth grade as well as serving as a literacy leader.

I graduated from Roosevelt High School in May of 1997. I then went to the University of Iowa and graduated in December of 2002 with a degree in Elementary Education. My specialization is in K-8 reading and social studies. I went on to receive my Master’s Degree in Education from Viterbo University in July of 2006.

My husband Derek and I live in Des Moines with our children Maria  and Wyatt , and our dog Bruce. In my free time I love to hang out with my family, read, bike, swim and be as active as much as possible.

Bob Williams

5th Grade

E: robert.williams@dmschools.org

Biography

I have been teaching for 19 years, 18 of those years have been at Findley. I graduated from Newton High School, and continued my education at DMACC, Iowa State University, and Viterbo University. I have 3 children and 2 cats. I spent 10 years in the United States Marines traveling the world but never forgot my first love – Schoo.