Jason Aker

Elementary Principal

HS Girls Track Head Coach

Cassie Applegate-Brummel

Secondary English

Yearbook, Cheer Coach, Bolts Abroad Sponsor

Teaching for me is so much more than just my career, or where I go from 7:40-3:40 each day. I genuinely love interacting, learning, and growing with my students. Baxter has been my teaching home for nine years; I met my husband here, and I've had the chance to teach some pretty awesome kids. I graduated from UNI with my bachelor's in English Education, and from Southern New Hampshire University with my master's in Creative Writing and English. My husband and I live in Des Moines with our three cats, and when I'm not at school you can find me traveling the world, reading a good book, or working on my novel.

Allison Bartholmey

Talented & Gifted

My job is to stretch kids' brains, and I love challenging curious kids in all subjects! My background is in elementary education and secondary English, and I graduated from Wartburg College (be orange!) In addition to reading and writing, I love playing piano and ukulele. My husband Aaron teaches in Colfax, and we enjoy doing crossword puzzles.

Ryan Boley

English Teacher

HS Football, HS Soccer, HS Speech

I received my bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts and Communication at the University of Northern Iowa. I survive on a steady diet of caffeinated beverages and anything with carbs. The longer I teach here at Baxter the more I realize It is not teaching that I love, but the people. I have the honor of working with some fantastic students and staff that remind me why I love my job every other day. I enjoy teaching English and Speech as well as coaching football and Soccer. I enjoy lifting, reading, and watching movies. I wouldn't trade what I do and where I do it for (almost) anything!

Scott Brummel

Middle School Social Studies

Sky Diving, Rocky Mountain Climbing, History Lover

Scott Chaney


Entering my 5th year at Baxter.

Mickolyn Clapper


I graduated from Algona High School and went on to get my bachelor's degree in biology and secondary education from Iowa State University. I earned my master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State as well. I recently earned my doctorate in Educational Leadership from Drake University. The focus of my research was open enrollment and the reasons people choose to open enroll into Baxter. When I am not at school, I love to travel, run, read and spend time with my husband, Trent, and our three children, Courtney, Will and Trice.

Janet Damman

Elementary Secretary

"I have worked for the Baxter Community School District for 28 years. I was cheer coach, para
and am now the Elementary Secretary. My boys graduated from Baxter and now I have a grandson
that goes here. I am proud to say that my family thinks highly of the Baxter School District. In my spare time
I raise Ponies of America(POA's) with my husband and enjoy farming."

Kristy Dee

2nd Grade Teacher

HS Volleyball

Krystal Ehn

Special Education Teacher

Drama Sponsor, Junior Class Co-Sponsor

I graduated from BVU 1987 with a teaching degree in Special Education. I have an amazing husband named Dave. I have 2 awesome children, 1 amazing daughter-in-law, 1 amazing son-in-law, and 2 beautiful granddaughters. I love my job teaching secondary special education students and being the sponsor for drama and a co-sponsor of the Junior Class here at Baxter. GO BOLTS! In my spare time I enjoy singing, reading, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Jamie Flanegan

5-12 Band Director

Pep band and Bolt Mental Health Ambassadors

I graduated with my music education degree from Wartburg College in 2020. I had many great opportunities while studying, including becoming the first woman president of the Wartburg Drumline and playing in the Wartburg College Wind Ensemble. I have a VERY cute cat named Louis. Stop by the music room to say hi!

Stephen Folkerts

K-12 Physical Education

MS Volleyball, MS Girls Basketball, Assistant Boys Basketball

This will be my second year at Baxter teaching PE. I graduated in 2018 from Iowa State University and I grew up in Van Meter, Iowa. When I am not in school I love to workout, spend time with friends and family and watch basketball.

Liz Gaffney

K-12 Art Teacher

The one and only art teacher in Baxter! I am on a cart with K-5 and back in the old art room with MS/HS this year. I'm happy to help with a project plan or advice for home art too. If you need anything, just send me an email!

Zach Hasselbrink

Elementary Instructional Coach

Football, Basketball, Golf

I have been at Baxter Elementary since 2012. I taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade in some capacity as my time as an elementary teacher, now I get the opportunity to work with teachers and students as the Elementary Instructional Coach. In my time here I have also been blessed with many great coaching opportunities and coached some exceptional student athletes. I currently serve as Assistant Varsity Football, Head Boy's Basketball, and Head Golf coach. I live in Baxter with my wife Rachel, daughter Sloan, and son Josey. In my spare time you can find me with my family, on the golf course, or catching up with good friends.

Sammie Hofmann

MS Science Teacher

MS Volleyball

I am originally from Wisconsin and started teaching at Baxter in 2018. Before that, I attended University of Wisconsin - Platteville and Iowa State University for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. My husband Nick, and I have 2 cats and 2 dogs that take up a lot of our spare time. But I also like to craft and cook as well.

Madison Houge

3rd Grade

I am one of our new 3rd Grade teachers. I was born and raised in Slater, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University this spring (2020) with a major in Elementary Education, a Minor in Child, Adult and Family Services and endorsements in Reading and English Language Arts. When I'm not teaching I can be found golfing, listening to country music, or spending time outdoors with my family! I am thrilled to now be called a Baxter Bolt!

April Kearns

Kindergarten Teacher

I live here in Baxter with my husband, Josh, who commutes to Des Moines each day to work at Mercy hospital as a physician's assistant in pathology. We have two children. Our daughter, Katie, is studying to become a nurse and our son, Micah, is a Senior at Baxter. We also have a big dog named Stella and a little dog named Mr. Tubbs. We recently had a pet spider, but when she had hundreds of babies we decided to release her and her offspring in the country.

I am fortunate to call two great states home. I was born in Texas, but spent half of my childhood growing up in Marshalltown, Iowa. I graduated from Permian High School in Odessa, TX whose claim to fame is the book, movie, TV series Friday Night Lights. I graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1996 with a degree in elementary education. After school I returned to Iowa and rekindled an old church camp flame. A year later Joshua and I were married. He finished his biology degree at UNI and worked for a few years before going back to graduate school in Chicago. He took a job in Duluth, Minnesota where we lived for four years before returning to Iowa in 2008. We are very happy to be living closer to our parents (mine are in Marshalltown and his are in Cedar Falls) and have found Baxter to be the perfect small town for our little family.

Over the years I have worked with children in a variety of settings including: kindergarten and preschool teacher, childcare provider, children's minister and camp counselor. I have a great passion for children and believe strongly that with a little guidance and a lot of love every child has the ability to succeed in my classroom. Day by day, step by step, we will find success!

Aside from school I enjoy a diverse range of hobbies. My mother taught me to knit as a young child and I still knit regularly. I love to ride my bicycle. You might even spot me riding it to and from school. I also enjoy gardening, canning, baking, photography, hiking, snowshoeing, fishing, ice fishing, camping, wild berry hunting and spending quality time with my family in the great outdoors.

Kristin Luther

Middle School Literature

MS Book Club

Married to Mr. Luther, have 5 total kids, the last of whom went to college this year. Love, love, love to read and shop for new books. This is year 26 teaching, and my 5th year back at Baxter.

Julie McWhirter

Business Manager; Board Secretary

I'm a mom, sister, aunt, and a high school softball hall of famer. I was a bank auditor before working for the district.

Jon Northrup

School Board President

Greg Pickett

Teacher Librarian/Tech Coordinator

HS Asst Boys and Girls Golf Coach

I graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1998. I obtained my BA from BVU and my master's degree from UNI. I have been with Baxter since 2011 and loved the community and school so much that I moved my family here. I currently teach library and internet skills to elementary students and middle school library/computer science. I have two children, Lily who is a strong-willed third grader and James a too smart for his own good 5 year old, and a yorkshire terrier Charlie. I am a fan of Harry Potter, but that is not the reasoning for the kids' names. I enjoy hanging out with my family watching Marvel movies and going golfing. Also, I am a big nerd when it comes to video games. I have been playing since the Intellivision(yes I am that old) and continue to play on my Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. I love to read as well, which is a good thing being in this position. Some of my favorite book series are Game of Thrones (all 1 billion pages of them). Ashfall (whom I was lucky enough to have dinner with the author and read the manuscript for his upcoming book), and all of the books by Clive Cussler. I could list a lot more, but I will cut it off at three. If you would like any recommendations, you know where to find me. I enjoy the hunt for a good book for someone. We are all different and have different tastes in literature and that is what makes it so fun to be in my position because I am exposed to so many different genres.

Cory Robinson

School Board Member

I have been serving on the Baxter Community School District Board of Directors since 2013. I grew up in rural Baxter and graduated from here in 1997. My wife, Jennifer, is also from Baxter and we have two sons that attend Baxter Schools. I work at Corteva Agriscience with Pioneer Hi-Bred and also help on our family farm. I enjoy outdoor activities, coaching our kids’ Rec teams, and traveling.

Cheryl Russell

Reading Interventionist

I have been teaching for 18 years, with 16 of those years here in Baxter. I stay busy keeping up with my 3 kids and all of their activities. I also enjoy gardening and reading a good book!

Emily Schneider

3rd Grade Teacher

I am from Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with math and reading endorsements. Go Cyclones!! I have a wonderful husband, a two-year-old son and am expecting our second child in January. I love relaxing with my family, playing a wide range of indoor and outdoor games and watching movies. This is my first official teaching position, and I am loving working with all my awesome third graders!

Brett Slight

PE/Athletic Enhancement

Baseball and Football

I am teaching Physical Education and Athletic Enhancement. I graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of science degree. I grew up in Boone, IA. I currently serve as the head varsity baseball coach and assistant football coach. In my free time I like to hang out with friends and family, go fishing, and workout. I am very passionate about sports and living an active and healthy lifestyle.

Kim Tichy

School Board Member

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Joel, and we have two daughters, Gwen and Lydia. We moved here in 2007 and absolutely love this community! We attended a small school outside Marshalltown, and definitely wanted a similar small school environment to raise our kids. In my day job, I serve as the immunization registry coordinator at the Iowa Department of Public Health. I have served on our Baxter school board since 2015.

Anna Travis

Elementary Special Education

I graduated from Iowa State University, began my teaching career at Woodward Granger Middle School and have been teaching special education at Baxter since 2004. I enjoy being involved in the school and community and volunteer my time on the Baxter PTO, our Big Bolt Little Bolt school mentoring program, and with the CMB soccer club. I live on a acreage with my husband Ryan and sons Treyton and Cainan.

Shaina Van Beek

4 year old Preschool Teacher

My name is Shaina Van Beek and I have been teaching Bitty Bolts Preschool in Baxter since 2013, GO BOLTS!. My husband, Brian and I live on an acreage outside of Baxter where we raise our two girls, Rylee and Callie. I graduated from Iowa State University in Early Childhood Education. We visit Ames frequently to attend Iowa State Football, Men's and Women's Basketball games, Go Cyclones!

Colby Wagner

High School Math Teacher

HS Boys Track

My name is Mr. Wagner and I was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa. Throughout my K-12 years, I played baseball and basketball. After high school, I studied at The University of Northern Iowa where I graduated with my mathematics teaching bachelors degree. Now that I'm out of college, I enjoy teaching, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Any type of running or biking is also right up my alley.

Angie Wesselink

Seconadry Principal Secretary

I started working here in 2014. My husband farms in the area and I have 2 children. I enjoy watching the Baxter Bolts and the ISU Cyclones!

Ed Wilson

Special Ed Teacher

I'm a former math and science teacher, and have coached football, baseball, and wrestling. After retiring, I moved to Northern Arizona and taught in Navajo schools for two years.

I love the small school pride at Baxter and wish I would have come here a long time ago!

Joe Amadeo

High School Social Studies

HS wrestling head coach
Student council sponsor

I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in history and political science. I teach high school social studies, sponsor student council, and coach wrestling. I'm extremely proud to be a part of the Baxter Bolt community.

Zachary Archer

K-12 Vocal Music

MS Choir, HS Choir

Graduate of UNI 2020
Originally from West Liberty, Iowa

DeAnn Bishop

First Grade

I am a 1987 graduate of Baxter Community School and have been a proud Bulldog, Raider, and Bolt! This is my 24th year of teaching at Baxter, and I truly love my job! My husband, Doug, and I raised our three children, Bailey, Kaitlin, and Nate here and appreciate the values and strength of our small community and school and all they have to offer.

Anna Brown

High School Science Teacher

Throughout my life, I have always loved to learn. Teaching high school science at Baxter is a lot of fun for me because I get to learn and laugh WITH my students every day! I am a graduate of Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School and Iowa State University. I took graduate classes in physics at Drake University and received my master's degree from Morningside College. My husband, Josh, is an active voice for students and educators through his work at the local, state, and national levels in the Education Association. My son, William, is open-enrolled to Baxter High School. We love to travel and actively seek to live our "bucket list." Some of my favorite adventure memories include snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, eating pineapple at a luau in Hawaii, having a snowball fight in June in Alaska, celebrating the New Year in NYC's Times Square, and riding in a hot air balloon!

Dana Bucklin

5th Grade

Middle School Softball

I love any outdoor activities! I love planting flowers in my yard and watching something bloom every season! I also love teaching at Baxter and being involved in Baxter Athletics, Go Bolts!

Amy Christiansen

4th Grade Teacher

I have been teaching at Baxter for the past 18 years. My husband and I and our 6 children live in Ames. I have 3 grandchildren who were all born this last May. I love to read and to hang out with my grown up children, and of course spoil my grandbabies. One of my grandbabies lives in Arizona, so I like to go there a couple times a year and we FaceTime several times a week. I love teaching in Baxter and have a lot of fun in 4th grade!

Tace Clarke

Food Service Director

Claire DeJong


I attended Iowa State University where I received my BA in Elementary Education with an endorsement in math and a minor in Technology. When I'm not spending time with tiny humans, I enjoy being active, DIY projects, and spending time with family and friends.

Travis Dee

Secondary School Counselor

MS Football Coach, MS Student Council Advisor

I am a proud 1993 graduate of Baxter High School. I returned to Baxter in 2011. My wife and I along with our two sons live in the school district and enjoy supporting the Bolts.

Wyatt Eide

Fifth Grade Teacher

I have been teaching 23 years with twenty of those years at Baxter. I earned my Bachelors Degree in elementary education at the University of Northern Iowa. I have a Master's Degree in educational administration from Iowa State University. I am an adjunct professor of education at Upper Iowa University. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and searching for antiques.

Holly Foarde

MS Special Education Teacher

I teach middle school special education. I am beginning my 8th year teaching here at Baxter. I love working with our students and being part of the Baxter community. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, gardening, and cooking.

Todd Frohwein

Agriculture Instructor / FFA Advisor

FFA Advisor

I have been the agriculture instructor/FFA advisor at Baxter CSD going on year three. I graduated from Iowa State University a couple years ago, (at age 40) in agricultural life sciences and education. I grew up in Zearing and graduated from Colo-NESCO in 1995. I currently live in Bondurant, IA with my wife Tara and two sons, Tytan and Tate. I love to fish with my boys in my spare time. We also go to a lot of movies as a family. I have a deep passion for agriculture, sports, and most importantly my faith in God.

Deb Gipe

Superintendent's secretary and Transportation Director

I am the Transportation Director and Superintendent's Secretary for the Baxter School District. I was born and raised in Baxter and after working in Des Moines for 10 years came back to work for the school. I have been with the district for over 20 years. Together with my hubby Bill, we live in Baxter and we have raised 2 children Emily and Nathan. Emily lives in Baxter with her husband Eric Moses, they have two beautiful children, Logan and Tanner. Our son Nathan lives and works in West Des Moines. Some of the things I enjoy include spending time with family, experiencing God's love, enjoying our 3 pups, camping, traveling, antiquing and spending time with friends.

Amanda Hoffman

School Counselor

Amanda Hoffman received her Bachelor of Science in psychology with a focus on children and families from the University of Iowa. She then attended Buena Vista University and received her master’s degree in school counseling. She has been a counselor for ten years. Mrs. Hoffman enjoys working with students, staff, families, and in the community to help young people grow into healthy, productive adults! In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her husband and two sons.

Lindsey Hook

High School Spanish

Prom sponsor

This is my fifth year at Baxter and I love teaching Spanish at the high school in our K-12 building! I graduated from ISU with majors in International Studies and Spanish, substituted for one semester, and this was my first position out of college. The Baxter community is so kind and supportive, and I'm happy to work for such a great school district.

Ashley Jacobs

4th Grade Teacher

I am a graduate of Iowa State University with my bachelors in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading and English Language Arts. In my free time, I spend time with my dog, Sophie, and my fiancé, Brandon. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and watching Netflix. This is my first year teaching in Baxter, and I am so proud to be a BOLT! :)

Colette Kunkel

School Board Member

"Born in Iowa but raised and educated all over the world, which included 3
years of highschool in Pakistan. I graduated from highschool on the east
coast (Delaware) and from college on the west coast (University of San
Diego). I am married to Dan Kunkel and have 2 daughters, Alex and Elizabeth,
both Baxter graduates. I am happiest when spending time with family and
friends, watching Bolts,Steeler, and Cyclone sporting events, reading, and
traveling. I am a member of the school board as well as the treasurer for
the Baxter Community Scholarship Org.. BCSD is truly a hidden jewel sitting
in the center of Iowa with the most passionate, caring, driven
administrators, teachers, and extended staff that are making a difference
one student at a time with the strong support of the Baxter community. "

Rob Luther

6-12 Principal / Activities Director/ Head Football Coach

I have 5 kids, Mallory, Taylor, Trent, AJ, and Grant. 4 Cyclones and 1 Hawkeye. My wife Kristin teaches MS Lit at Baxter. I have coached FB for 31 years. I love playing golf, traveling, and Notre Dame!

Debbie Meyer

School Board Member

I am married to Troy and have three daughters, Sadie, Sophie and Abbie. I am a Medical Dosimetrist at Mercy Radiation Oncology. In my spare time I like a good antique shop, basketball game, and time spent in my garden.

Casey O’Roake

2nd grade

I attended college at UNI, where I ended up marrying my next door neighbor. I’m a mom of two boys and champion of Floor is Lava. I love rainy days and reading. Every concert I attend ends up being the best concert ever and I always leave room for dessert.

Scott Ranck

Secondary Math

Assistant High School Girls Track; basketball referee

I love math! I believe math can be - and is - fun, that everyone can learn math, and that working hard in math is the gateway to increasing problem solving and critical thinking skills in all areas. I am a math major with a secondary teaching endorsement. This is my 20th year in Baxter, and 31st year overall! I am married, have two daughters, two grandsons, and two dogs. I enjoy watching, playing, and coaching many sports, heading to the movies, traveling, and spending time with family.

Pamela Roush

Maintenance Director

I have lived in Baxter all my life, I have never worked out of Baxter... Sooo I guess you are stuck with me.

Jodie Schabilion

Family and Consumer Sciences/Health


Hi all! My name is Jodie Schabilion and this is my 3rd year of teaching at Baxter. I teach Family and Consumer Sciences and Health. In my personal opinion, I teach essential life long skills! If you have a chance to stop by the school come in and see my brand new room! It is Awesome!! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, trying new foods and thrifting.

Jalen Sickels

Business Teacher

HS Basketball

I graduated from Simpson College with my undergraduate degree in Accounting and Sports Business. I immediately got my Master's degree in Teaching from Simpson. The 2020 school year is my 3rd year teaching. When I am not at school I enjoy watching sporting events and spending time with my wife.

Katie Kibby

Middle School Language Arts

I coach middle school girl's track.

I love how rewarding teaching is. Every single day I see growth in my students. Along with that, I love coaching my student athletes. It's a fun, more relaxed role to be in, and I enjoy the extra time I get to spend with my student athletes. For fun, I enjoy planning trips, traveling, working out, and hanging with my friends. :) Go BOLTS!

Sara Tiedje

School Nurse

"I graduated from Baxter in 2005 and then obtained my Associates Degree in Nursing from Des Moines Area Community College. My husband, Nick and I live outside of Baxter with our amazing daughters, Brynn and Hallie, our golden retriever, Layla, and our farm cat, Sweetie Boy. I love spending time with my family and friends, watching the Chicago Cubs, traveling anywhere I can be close to a beach or the mountains, reading and drinking coffee...a lot of coffee.
I am beyond blessed to be Baxter's School Nurse. Nothing makes me happier than seeing our students happy and healthy!"

Amber Tuhn


My family moved to Baxter in September, 2020. I have a marketing degree from Iowa State University. My husband and I have three children, Elie, Emie and Maddux, who are very active in sports. In my free time, I like to exercise, cook, shop, and spend time with my family. I am super excited and proud to be a Baxter Bolt!

Dennis Vaughn

Secondary Instruction Coach

I am the Head Cross Country Coach

I have been married for almost 30 years and have three adult children; Emily, Tait, and Caleb. This is my 26th year at Baxter.

Lori Warkentin

1st Grade teacher

Mentor for new elementary teachers.

I live here in Baxter with my husband and two girls who also attend Baxter Elementary. I have been teaching first grade for 4 years and taught 3rd grade previously for 17 years at Storm Lake CSD. I enjoy working with the kids and seeing them grow in their academics and personal life.

Angie Whaley


I've lived in Baxter for 7 years now, and worked at the school for 4. I have 2 kids: Avery who is in 3rd grade, and Mason who is in 1st grade. I am currently working on my last semester of getting my RN. My background is in healthcare; I worked at McFarland Clinic for 10 years as a Medical Assistant prior to working at the school.

Kylee Zoske

Athletic Trainer

All sports

Kylee graduated from the University of Iowa in May 2019. She received her Bachelors degree in Athletic Training as well as a minor in Dance. Throughout her time at Iowa she worked with a variety of sports including the Iowa football team, gymnastics, basketball, baseball, and rowing teams as well as local high schools and clinics. Kylee also had an internship with the military at the United States Air Force Academy where she received the National Armed Forces Athletic Training Terry DeWitt Scholarship Award. She is currently in grad school at Western Governors University getting her Masters degree in HealthCare Leadership. She now works with Baxter High School athletics, the Iowa Barnstormers football team, and helps with other sporting events around the Des Moines area.