Mrs. Tiedje wants everyone to be healthy and prepared for the 2021-2022 school year.  Make sure your student has received their wellness check-up before the first day of school! 


Remember students entering 7th & 12th grade need their Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before August 23rd. ChildVax


Be Involved at Baxter!

“Teaching for today and tomorrow ONE student at a time.” Baxter is about relationships and being involved. Being a Bolt is special to our students and faculty. 

We would love to have you visit and see what being a Bolt is all about.  Click my name below to email me.

Elementary:  641.227.1121

SECONDARY:  641.227.3103

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

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

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.

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.

Holly Foarde

MS Special Education Teacher

Hello. My name is Holly Foarde and 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.

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.

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!

Scott Ranck

Secondary Math

Asst. 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.

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 Stafford

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!"

Dennis Vaughn

Secondary Instruction Coach

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

Scott Chaney


Entering my 5th year at Baxter.

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.

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.

Ms. 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anette Sult

Para Professional

Newsletter, Senior Board

I have worked at Baxter for 15 years and love it! I enjoy the kids and getting to know them. I live in Maxwell with my husband Dave. We have two kids, Tiffany and Michael. Tiffany is the FCS teacher at West Marshall and Michael works at Kintzer in Ankeny. We have four grandkids, Wynona, Steven, Mikayla, and Maverick. I love being a grandma! I enjoy crafts, playing games, riding motorcycles, and shopping.

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!

Colby Wagner

High School Math Teacher

Asst. 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.

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!