4th Grade

Sue Bloom-Gilbert

4th Grade

E: susan.bloom-gilbert@dmschools.org


My name is Sue Gilbert. I use Cooperative Learning in my classroom. I believe students learn not just from me, but from each other.

College(s) attended: Indiana University and University of St. Thomas

Highest Degree Earned: Masters Degree

Endorsement(s): Reading Endorsement

Years of Experience: 23 years of teaching

Years at Hillis: 7 years at Hillis

Original Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

High School Attended: Northrop High School

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Jean Dannelly

4th Grade

E: jean.dannelly@dmschools.org


My name is Ms. Dannelly, and I teach fourth grade.  This is my first year at Hillis, but I have taught with Des Moines Public Schools since 1987. Prior to coming home to Des Moines, I taught in Wyoming for seven years. I am thrilled to join the staff here at Hillis Elementary.

Outside of school I enjoy being outdoors, taking my two dogs to the dog park, spending time with my daughter, reading, going to movies, going for drives in the country and singing in my church choir.

Colleges Attended: Northwest Missouri State University; taken classes at the University of Wyoming, Grandview, and Iowa State University

Highest Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Endorsements: K-6 Classroom

Years of Experience: I am starting my 35th year of teaching.

Original Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

High School Attended: North High School


Katie Howard

4th Grade Teacher

E: katie.howard@dmschools.org


My name used to be Ms. Carper, but I got married this summer. This is my 2nd year at Hillis Elementary. Before this, I taught 5th grade and coached 8th grade volleyball in Oskaloosa, IA. When I am not teaching, I like to watch movies, exercise, go to Iowa State games, and spend time with my family and friends.
Colleges Attended: Iowa State University

Highest Degree Earned: Bachelor’s Degree and will have my master’s degree in the spring of 2017.

Endorsements: Reading, Social Studies, and Coaching

Years of Experience: 3

Years at Hillis: 1

Original Hometown: Clarinda, Iowa

High School Attended: Clarinda High School

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