2nd Grade

Jessica Bandy

2nd grade teacher

E: jessica.bandy@dmschools.org


Colleges Attended: UNI

Highest Degree Earned: Bachelors of Education from the University of Northern Iowa

Endorsements: Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies

Years of Experience: 9

Years at Hillis: 2

Original Hometown: Adel, Iowa

High School Attended: ADM High School

Jennifer McKay

2nd Grade

E: jennifer.mckay@dmschools.org


I taught 2nd grade for more than 13 years (all in Des Moines Public Schools).  This year I moved on to 3rd Grade! I have high expectations for students and enjoy watching them meet the expectations each year.  I also enjoy learning about each and every personality that makes up my classroom.

College(s) attended: Iowa State University, Viterbo University

Highest Degree Earned: Master’s-Elementary Education

Endorsement(s): literacy

Years of Experience: 24

Years at Hillis: 7

Original Hometown: Des Moines

High School Attended: Hoover High School


Jan Suceska

2nd Grade

E: jan.suceska@dmschools.org


Biography: Hello! My name is Jan (pronounced "yawn" like when you're tired), and I started at Hillis helping 4th grade in April, but will be officially starting 2nd grade this school year. I cannot explain how excited I am to have my own class. The biggest aspects of my life are my family, friends, and soccer. If I am not experiencing all three of those at once, at least one is present. I also enjoy riding my bike around the various trails in Iowa, exploring new restaurants, and traveling.

Colleges Attended: University of Iowa (bachelors), Drake (masters)

Highest Degree Earned: Masters

Endorsements: Reading & ELL

Years of Experience: First one!

Years at Hillis: 3 months

Original Hometown: Sarajevo, Bosnia i Herzegovina

High School Attended: Roosevelt