Intervention Teachers

Kelly Bazan

Gifted and Talented Teacher



Colleges Attended: Iowa State University, University of Iowa, Viterbo and Drake

Highest Degree Earned: Master of Arts in Education

Endorsements: Middle School Generalist, Reading, English/Language Arts and Gifted Education

Years of Experience: 16

Years at Hillis: 3

Original Hometown: Geneseo, IL

High School Attended: J.D. Darnall High School

Brittany Boneshefski

Behavior Strategist


Class Description


My name is Brittany Boneshefski and I am the Behavior Strategist at Hillis.  I am studying School Counseling at Drake University. I enjoy helping the students at Hillis be successful.

College(s) attended: Simpson College

Highest Degree Earned: Bachelor's of Music Education

Endorsement(s): K-8 Music (Instrumental and Vocal)

5-12 Music (Instrumental and Vocal)

Years of Experience: 10

Years at Hillis: 7

Original Hometown: Bellevue, IA

High School Attended: Bellevue High School

Julie Franz



Class Description

I live in Clive with my husband and two daughters. During my time as a teacher I have taught Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and Reading Recovery.  Currently, I am an intervention teacher.  I think that being an educator is the most rewarding job in the whole world and look forward every day to making a difference in the lives of children.

Colleges Attended: The University of Iowa and Viterbo University

Highest Degree Earned: Master's Degree

Endorsements: Reading

Years of Experience: 28 years

Years at Hillis: 15

Original Hometown: Urbandale

High School Attended: Hoover High School

Alecia Hodgkinson

ELL Teacher


I am entering my 17 year of teaching and my 1st at Hillis-I am very excited!  During my career I have worked as a Title I Reading & Math teacher (K-5) and a 4th grade teacher.  I am looking forward to joining the Hillis community as an ESL teacher.  My husband is a professor in the School of Education at Drake University.  We have an 18-month old daughter and a Golden Retriever named Maggie.  We are huge fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes, enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.  Can’t wait to meet the students and families of Hillis Elementary!

Colleges Attended: University of Iowa, Drake University

Highest Degree Earned: Master's Degree

Endorsements: Social Studies, Reading, English as a Second Language

Years of Experience: 18

Years at Hillis: Starting year #2

Original Hometown: Iowa City

High School Attended: City High School, Iowa City


Joy Leafgreen




My name is Mrs. Leafgreen, and I work with English Language Learners here at Hillis Elementary.  I enjoy working with students and their families who come from diverse language and cultural backgrounds.  I help students improve their English in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  This year I will mostly be working with K-2nd grade students.
Outside of Hillis School, I enjoy playing with my puppy and spending time with my husband, Ryan. We enjoy going for walks and bike rides.

Colleges Attended: Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa); Anaheim University (CA)

Highest Degree Earned: BA (Elementary Ed); MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Endorsements: K-6 Classroom; K-12 ESL

Years of Experience: 12

Years at Hillis: 10

Original Hometown: Otley, Iowa  (near Pella)

High School Attended: Pella Christian High School

Heidi Slinker

Reading/Math Interventionist



My name is Heidi Slinker and I'm a reading and math teacher at Hillis.  I am very proud to teach at Hillis and in the Des Moines Public Schools.  I have two daughters currently attending a Des Moines high school, and growing up, I attended Des Moines public schools!    My class motto has been to "Try your BEST to be your BEST!"

College(s) attended: Simpson College, Indianola, IA and Drake University, Des Moines IA

Highest Degree Earned: Masters Degree

Endorsement(s): Reading

Years of Experience: 14

Years at Hillis: 14

Original Hometown: Des Moines, IA

High School Attended: East High School