Essentials

Mirium Alshouse

Gifted and Talented

E: mirium.alshouse@dmschools.org

William Beyer

Band Instructor

E: william.beyer@dmschools.org

Biography

I am the Band Director for four schools - Findley, Madison, and Cattell Elementary Schools and Harding Middle School. I graduated high school from Vinton-Shellsburg High School and received my degree from the University of Northern Iowa. My role model is my mother and Gustav Mahler! My big dream is to transform the Northside Schools into the best music program possible and I am passionate about creating safe spaces for all students so that they can explore and take risks in the arts! Findley is an amazing place to work because we all work together. Fun fact - my wife is the Orchestra teacher at the same schools as me!

Joyce Beyer (Payer)

Orchestra Instructor

E: joyce.payer@dmschools.org

Biography

I am the Orchestra Instructor at Findley! I am a DMPS graduate of Roosevelt High School and recieved my degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Family is the most important thing to me, they are my role models in life. My dream is to give every student the opportunity to make music, be creative and be confident through playing an instrument in Orchestra. I am passionate about making new experiences and am so excited to be at Findley because it supports the arts completely! On side note, my favorite food is Crab Ragoons. Fun fact: I am married to Findley's band instructor, Mr. Beyer!

Jaclyn Dehner

School Counselor

E: jaclyn.dehner@dmschools.org

Biography

In 2013, I graduated from the University of Iowa (go Hawkeyes) and joined Des Moines Public Schools as a school counselor. Although this is my fourth year in the district, this is my third year at Findley and I am super excited to be back! As a school counselor, I strongly believe in integrating art and play therapy into counseling because it serves as a great communication tool for both children and adolescents. So, if you ever peek into my office or classroom you may see students and I dancing, acting, painting, or even playing games. Outside of school, I am a proud mother of two children (who are Findley students). In my free-time I love to be outdoors especially near water but most importantly I love spending time with my family and friends.

Links

Ms. Dehner's Counseling Facebook Page

Ms. Dehner's Counseling Pinterest

Ms. Dehner's Counseling Twitter

Lisa Hesse

Art Instructor and Arts Integration Specialist

E: lisa.hesse@dmschools.org

Biography

I have been teaching at Findley Elementary since 2013.  I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009. I began teaching in 2009 as a Middle School teacher - first in Waverly, Iowa and then in Webster City, Iowa. I live in Altoona with my husband, Matt, a Carlisle High School Woods Instructor 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 Specialist

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! She is 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!

Eric Petterson

Physical Education

E: eric.petterson@dmschools.org

Biography

I began teaching physical education at Findley Elementary in 2014.  Prior to teaching in Des Moines I taught for two years in Fort Dodge.  I'm originally from Canton, South Dakota.  My family consists of my wife and four children (and two cats!)  My passion for teaching and working with children is embodied in my work and I look forward to making this school year the best yet!