Administration

Barbara Adams

Principal

E: barbara.adams@dmschools.org

Biography

Welcome to Findley Elementary School, where we are committed to our mission: Building Big Dreamers and High Achievers. We can only accomplish this through the focused work of our dedicated staff, supportive efforts of our families, and strong connections with our community partners.

Findley Elementary is unique in its participation in two key initiatives: “I Have A Dream” Foundation, and the Turnaround Arts program led by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

The Des Moines "I Have a Dream" Foundation has adopted Findley Elementary School as a Dreamer Academy. All students and families are Dreamers and will benefit from our culture of college and career, while gaining access to community resources to help make their educational and personal dreams a reality.

Findley Elementary is also proud to be a Turnaround Arts school; one of the initial eight pilot schools in the country. The Turnaround Arts initiative is designed to narrow the achievement gap and increase student engagement through experiences with music, visual art, and movement. Today, as a sustaining school, Findley demonstrates dramatic results in academic performance, student leadership, and parent involvement.

A necessary component of our students’ success includes our business partner, John Deere Financial, who generously provides resources, programs, and adult volunteers. Findley also connects with the YMCA to offer before and after school childcare at school.

Please contact me if you’d like to learn more about our school and the exciting ways in which we dream big and reach for high levels of achievement.

Sincerely,
Barbara Adams

Rick Miller

Dean of Students

E: rick.miller@dmschools.org

Biography

I have a master's degree in school counseling and in administration. I have been in education for almost 30 years. Most of those years I have been an elementary school counselor at other Des Moines Public Schools and the last six years have had the pleasure of being the dean of students at Findley. I have a passion for helping children be the best they can be. I will do whatever it takes to support them, their family and the staff that works with them. I am married to my wife, Michelle and we have two grown children. We enjoy spending as much time with them as we can. Then in my spare time, I like to go to the gym to work out.