I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. I love the Hawkeyes! I have been a School Social Worker for approximately 20 years, working in Volusia County, Florida and Des Moines Public Schools. My focus is supporting the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students, as well as supporting various needs of our families and school staff. I enjoy teaching social skills individually or in small groups. I have served elementary-age and pre-school children for most of my career. I am so excited to be working with pre-school, as I believe you will always be happy around 3 to 5 year olds!
My name is Donna Kunkel, and I am the associate in your child’s classroom. I have been employed at Mitchell since 2015 and with the Des Moines Public Schools since 2012. My education includes a BA from both UNI and Upper Iowa University. I have two children of my own, and enjoy working with youth at the YMCA. I love helping kids learn and watching them have fun!
Hello, my name is Jana Morris and I am a Behavior Support Teacher at Mitchell. I have worked for Des Moines Public Schools since 2003. My husband and I have two kids, Erin and Ryan. Together as a family we enjoy riding bikes, heading to the beach, and camping. I look forward to helping Mitchell have the best year!
Hello. My name is Jessica Parsons, and I am a TLC Instructional Coach. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and have my Master’s in Educational Administration from Iowa State University. I have been working in early childhood for 14 years and absolutely love working with preschool students and their families. I hope you are eager for the wonderful experiences your child will have in preschool and for the growth you will see them make throughout the year. As an instructional coach, I have the opportunity to visit many classrooms and meet many students and families. If you see me at your child’s school please say hello. I look forward to working with you this school year!
I graduated from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Des Moines University with my Master in Public Health. I have worked all of my career in pediatric nursing. My experiences include the University of Iowa, Blank Neonatal Intensive Care, and Des Moines Public Schools. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the children and families in the DMPS Early Childhood Programs.