I have a BA from University of Connecticut with a triple major in History, English, and Theater. My emphasis was on writing and research, so I have found a long-time home in libraries. I’m an Air Force brat, a costume designer, a playwright, a grandmother aka Oma of two, and a book lover. I’ve traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America and I love bringing those experiences into my book choices for the students as well as supporting our IB Curriculum. I’ve taught art and theater in many after school programs to at-risk youth, which has given me a real appreciation of our shared challenges. And I go by my middle name.
HI! I’m Tina Stifel-I am the Office Manager here at Walnut Street School- I have been with the Des Moines School district for 23 yrs. I started out with DMPS in 1996 working in the cafeteria as a General Worker at Park Ave. Elementary school. I worked that position for 4-5 yrs. I decided to find other employment outside DMPS and was gone for 8 months than thought better of my decision and came back to Park Avenue as a SPED Teacher Associate. I worked that position for 6 yrs then decided it was time for another change and moved to the Office Attendance Clerk with Park Avenue for another 6 yrs. Once again, time for a change. I landed here at Walnut Street School at the end of the 2012-2013 school year and have been here ever since. I have made many connections with students and parents alike and cannot see myself in any other roll.