Room 114-Down By the Bay

Rosie Kingkade

ECSE Associate-Mitchell Head Start

P: 515-242-8424 | E: rose.kingkade@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Rosie Kingkade. I am the special education associate in this classroom. This is my 4th year in this classroom and at Mitchell. I previously worked for the Des Moines district in early childhood for 9 years. I left the district after earning my Bachelor's degree in social work and I worked for a private agency. I came back to the schools after deciding I was spending too much time working and not enough time with my family. I also do respite care part-time for a 4 year-old. I have been married for 32 years, and my husband and I have 2 boys. I love working with preschoolers. I love animals, and currently have 2 dogs, a Quaker parrot, and a chinchilla. I am looking forward to a fun-filled educational school year!

Danielle Martens

ECSE Teacher-Mitchell Head Start

P: 515-242-8424 | E: danielle.martens@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello Families! My name is Danielle Martens. I will be the Early Childhood Special Education teacher in your child's classroom. This is my first year teaching with Des Moines Public Schools. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (Go Panthers!). When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband Rob, and our kitten, Chief (we are Kansas City Chiefs fans). I love to explore the trails around the metro on my road bike and cook new recipes. I'm looking forward to an exciting year with your child!

Dani Mullenix

Teacher-Mitchell Head Start

P: 515-242-8424 | E: danielle.mullenix@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi, my name is Danielle Mullenix and I am the Head Start teacher in your child's classroom. I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. I have been a preschool teacher in the Des Moines Public Schools for 10 years. I have been married to my husband Micah for 8 years and we have two boys. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am very excited to meet all of you and work with your child this year. We are going to have so much fun!

Laura Stamper

Associate-Mitchell Head Start

P: 515-242-8424 | E: laura.stamper@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi there! My name is Laura Stamper and I am the Head Start Associate in your child's classroom! This is my first year with the Des Moines Public School district and I couldn't be more excited to be working with your children. I graduated from Des Moines Area Community College with an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been working with children for 10 years in different centers around the Des Moines area ages birth to five. Some fun facts about me are I enjoy spending time with friends and family, my two nieces Evey and Lily, and my dog Eve. I love playing softball whenever I can or just being outside. I am so looking forward to working with you all!