Classroom Instruction

Maggie Dau

Instructional Coach

E: maggie.dau@dmschools.org

Biography

I am fortunate to have spent my entire teaching career with the Des Moines district, beginning in 2009.  I began at Findley as an Instructional Coach in 2015 and feel privileged to work with all students and staff.  My favorite part of my day is our morning meeting in the gym, as grade levels begin to chant their college graduation year.  It often brings tears to my eyes!

I graduated from Simpson College in 2009 and received my master’s degree from Drake University in 2013.  At home, I enjoy relaxing with my son, husband and two dogs.

Megan Fontanini

Instructional Coach

E: megan.fontanini@dmschools.org

Biography

After being a student of Des Moines Public Schools during my entire K-12 education, I graduated from Lincoln High School in Des Moines in 2003. I went to Iowa State University and finished my teaching degree in 2007 and then my masters degree in 2011. In addition to teaching, I enjoy reading, traveling, crafts, photography, and spending time with my family!

I have been teaching in Des Moines Public Schools since 2007. Over the years I have been a classroom teacher for 2nd and 3rd grade, a K-5 technology teacher, a small group reading and math teacher, and instructional coach.

Lisa Hesse

Art Instructor and Arts Integration Instructional Coach

E: lisa.hesse@dmschools.org

Biography

I have been teaching at Findley Elementary since 2013.  I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2009. I live in Altoona with my husband Matt, my son Philip and our two dogs, Roxxy & Penny. I am so excited to be at Findley and work with our dreamers!

Jane Olson

General Music Instructor and Arts Integration Instructional Coach

E: jane.olson@dmschools.org

Biography

I am Ms. Olson and I teach general music at Findley elementary. I have taught elementary general music, band, and orchestra over the years. I am very happy to be at Findley and be a part of the TurnAround Arts Initiative! I am also a part of Drama Club, the Creative Council, and an Arts Integration Specialist. I love all kinds of music, but my favorite band is The Beatles!