3rd Grade

Angela Bower

3rd Grade

P: 515-242-8438 | E: angela.bower@dmschools.org


Education: BA in Elementary and Middle Level Education, Spanish minor from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota (1998); Health endorsement from University of Northern Iowa (2017)

International Baccalaureate Training: Transdisciplinary Learning, Category III

Teaching Experience: 4 years of middle school Spanish, then a\ long break from classroom teaching during which I taught adults through corporate training, creating, editing, and proofreading corporate training courses, wellness coaching, and personal training. During that time I also welcomed two children to whom I hope I taught many things! I came back to the classroom at Walnut Street in 2014.

Family and hobbies: I have two children, Will and Catie, with my husband Dave. We also have a cat, Chad. I enjoy health- and fitness-related activities, spending time with friends and family, playing games and doing puzzles, reading, and relaxing!


Ashley Nelson

3rd Grade Teacher

P: (515) 242-8438 | E: ashley.nelson@dmschools.org


Bachelor’s Degree (Early Childhood Education endorsement in Special Education) from Iowa State University: 2009

Master’s Degree (Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Literacy, and Reading Endorsement) from Iowa State University: 2015

International Baccalaureate Training:

Category I: Introduction to the PYP, Category III: Reading and Writing through Inquiry, Category III: Transdiciplinary Day, Category III: Assessment, Category III: Inquiry

Teaching Experience:

I have been teaching since 2009, I have been at Walnut Street since 2009.

Family/ Hobbies:

I love spending time with my two step-kids Jordan and Julian and spending time with my three dogs: Jackson, Lola, and Titus.  I also enjoy playing board games and spending time with friends and being outdoors.