Room 158-Hickory Dickory Dock

Jodi Cipale

ECSE Associate-McKee Head Start

P: 515-242-8434 | E: jodi.cipale@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi! My name is Jodi Cipale and I am beginning my second year at McKee as a special education teacher associate. I'm excited to have a great year! I earned my early childhood education associate degree from DMACC and spent 13 years operating a daycare from my home. I grew up in northwest Iowa and have lived in Des Moines for 14 years. I enjoy spending my free time with my four children, our crazy dog and my significant other.

Katherine Colon

Associate-McKee Head Start

P: 515-242-8434 | E: katherine.colon@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Miss Katherine and I am an associate in the McKee Hickory Dickory Dock room. I worked in the Conmigo Early Childhood Center for two years with 3 year-olds. I have my Bachelor's degree in Graphic Arts from Atlantic College in Puerto Rico. I speak both Spanish and English. My past times are painting, drawing, graphic design, photography, crafts, etc. I am looking forward to learning how to make learning more fun for the students!

Stacey Pope

ECSE Teacher-McKee Head Start

P: 515-242-8434 | E: stacey.pope@dmschools.org

Biography

I'm Stacey Zimmerman and I am going to be one of your child's teachers for the upcoming year. I am very excited to help guide your child's learning during the following months. I have lived in Iowa all my life. I grew up on a farm near Harlan, IA. I have a dog named Kaylee who is a Sheltie mix. She loves going for walks and trips to the dog park. This is my third year of teaching preschool here at McKee. I graduated from Iowa State University with my bachelors in early childhood education unified with special education. I have also worked in childcare centers during college and during the summers. I am looking forward to a great year with you and your child. If you ever have any questions or concerns please don't be afraid to ask!

Julie Wilcox

Teacher-McKee Head Start

P: 515-242-8434 | E: julie.wilcox@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi. My name is Julie Wilcox. I have been teaching for over 25 years in the Head Start Program. I look forward to working with your child this year at McKee. This is my 2nd year at McKee. Previously I taught with Drake Head Start, Even Start in Des Moines, Findley Elementary, and at Taylor Early Learning Center. I am eager to get to know the children and families I work with at McKee. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two boys.