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.

Colleges Attended: Indiana University and St. Thomas University

Highest Degree Earned: Master Degree

Endorsements: Reading

Years of Experience: 26

Years at Hillis: 11

Original Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

High School Attended: Northrop High School- “Go Bruins!"

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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Lisa Krech

4th Grade Teacher

E: lisa.krech@dmschools.org


I joined the Hillis staff during the 2015-2016 school year. I have taught for 30 years in the Des Moines Public Schools, and I am also a graduate of the Des Moines Public School District.  My previous experience includes teaching​ grades K-5, Reading Recovery, Title 1 Reading, Title 1 Math, and I was a school Literacy Leader. Third graders are my favorite grade to teach. I love their budding independence and zest for learning. I believe learning doesn't end at the classroom door, and parent involvement in education is paramount to student success.
Colleges Attended:  Iowa State-Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Viterbo University, Masters Degree in Elementary Education

Highest Degree Earned: Masters
Endorsements: Reading
Years of Experience: 30
Years at Hillis: 3
Original Hometown: Des Moines
High School Attended: North High School