At Baxter Elementary School...
We are part of a larger school and town "community" where we share common attitudes, beliefs, and goals for the success of our students. Through mutual respect and support within our K-12 school and with our stakeholders in town, our children learn and grow in a positive atmosphere where faculty, staff, students, parents and community partners collectively are enthusiastic about the teaching and learning process.
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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.
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!
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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! :)
Elementary Special Education
Big Bolt Little Bolt
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.
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.
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.
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!
Food Service Director
"I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in nutrition and dietetics from Iowa State University in 2003 and completed my dietetic internship at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in 2004. I say with hesitation, “Go Cyclones!” knowing there are likely many Hawkeye fans reading this. For the past 10 years, I have worked as a retail dietitian at Hy-Vee in Ames. During my time there, I was able to gain experience in many aspects of nutrition, from going into classrooms and doing fun nutrition activities with kids, visiting a high school to educate about sports nutrition, hosting kids cooking clubs, leading wellness programs amongst the employees at my store and getting involved with the Ames community and their health and wellness initiatives.
My passion as a dietitian is to increase awareness of how nutrition can impact the wellbeing and educational success of the children in our school district. Knowing what foods are nutritious is one thing, but having students accept those choices is another. One of my goals as the Food Service Director is to work with the foodservice staff, school staff, parents and students to establish a School Lunch Program that is not only nutritious and meets program guidelines and certifications, but enjoyable. "
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Head HS Boys Track Coach, Asst. HS Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach
The Baxter community and school hold a special place for me. I grew up and graduated from here and taught art, coach many sports, and currently serve as curriculum director for Baxter and Colfax-Mingo schools. I enjoy coaching our wrestlers and tracksters as well as helping support the work our teaching staff is doing through professional learning. Our family includes three children in the school who keep us busy for the majority of our free time while they are competing in wrestling, dancing, and gymnastics.
2nd Grade Teacher
Co-Leader of Hominy Ridge 4-H Club & Member of Baxter Athletic Boosters
I am a graduate from Newton High School. I received my bachelors in education along with a K-8 reading and K-8 social studies endorsement from Buena Vista University. I absolutely LOVE teaching second grade here at Baxter! My husband, Travis and I live outside of Baxter with our two children, Dalton and Klaire. When I am not at school I enjoy supporting my kids in their activities, gardening, horse riding and showing cattle with my family. We also enjoy attending Iowa State football and basketball games, Go Cyclones!
"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!"
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!
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.