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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.

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.

Scott Brummel

Middle School Social Studies

Sky Diving, Rocky Mountain Climbing, History Lover

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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 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 and James. I enjoy hanging out with my family watching Marvel movies and going golfing. I love to read as well, which is a good thing being in this position. One of my favorite book series would be Game of Thrones.

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!

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