5th Grade

Callie Avon

5th Grade Teacher

E: callie.avon@dmschools.org


I'm Callie Avon, and I'm a teacher at Hillis Elementary! My husband and I have a daughter named Leah and a son named Oliver. I enjoy riding my bike, spending time with my family and teaching! I have high expectations for all of my students. I look forward to building relationships with my students and watching them grow throughout the year.
Colleges Attended: Kansas Wesleyan University, Baker University  
Highest Degree Earned: Masters Degree
Years of Experience: 7
Years at Hillis: 3
Original Hometown: Salina, Kansas 
High School Attended: Salina Central

Diane Iaria

5th Grade Teacher

E: diane.iaria@dmschools.org



I have been teaching for 17 years in the Des Moines Public Schools.  I spent my first 9 years teacher Special Education and the last 8 years teaching 5th grade.  Currently I live in Ankeny with my husband and 4 year old daughter.  I love being outside when the weather is nice.  I enjoy reading, working out , and cooking.  Teaching is all I've ever wanted to do and I love every minute of it.  Every year, I learn something new from my students.  I look forward to what I can learn here at Hillis.

Colleges Attended: Simpson College

Highest Degree Earned: Bachelor of Arts

Endorsements: Reading, Special Education, Early Childhood

Years of Experience: 17

Years at Hillis: 1

Original Hometown: Carlisle, Iowa

High School Attended: Carlisle High School