Emily Belloma

Kindergarten Teacher



I am Mrs. Belloma.  I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2004, with a degree in Elementary Education, and an endorsement in Reading. Right out of student teaching I was hired by Des Moines Public Schools. I am currently in my 12th year of teaching! I cannot believe how fast the years have gone by!

In July of 2007, I graduated with my Masters in Education through Viterbo University. Each summer I continue my education by taking classes through the district to make sure I am always using "best practices" in the classroom.

College(s) attended:  University of Northern Iowa, Viterbo University

Highest Degree Earned:  Masters in Education

Endorsement(s): Reading K - 8

Years of Experience: 12

Years at Hillis: 10

Original Hometown: Epworth, IA

High School Attended: Western Dubuque

Jodi Hensley




I began teaching Kindergarten at Hillis in August of 1992 as a Student Teacher under Joyce Squires and Judi Cunningham. I am a December 1992 Graduate from Iowa State University. I subbed for DMPS Jan. 1993 through June of 1993. I was hired to teach Kindergarten at Hillis in August of 1993.

I was married in June of 1994 and have a son and two daughters.

College(s) attended: Iowa State University

Endorsement(s):PK-K Teacher /Prekindergarten –Kindergarten Classroom/ with PK-K Early Childhood Special Education

Years of Experience: January 1993-to current.

Years at Hillis: Hillis Kindergarten teacher 1993-2017

Original Hometown: Newton, IA

High School Attended: Newton High School


Heidi Schoper



Class Description


Teaching is my second career and I am passionate about helping students learn to read and write! I taught school in Brasilia, Brazil for two years before joining Des Moines Public Schools eleven years ago. I have lived in Iowa for nearly 30 years, and have 4 grown children and two grandchildren. I enjoy reading, biking, coffee and chocolate.

I love teaching Kindergarteners, and enjoy talking to former students. I am excited to be a member of such a great teaching community.

Colleges Attended: University of Minnesota, Upper Iowa University, and Viterbo University

Highest Degree Earned: Masters

Endorsements: Reading endorsement

Years of Experience: 21 years

Years at Hillis: 6 years

Original Hometown: Bloomington, Minnesota

High School Attended: Edina High School