Biography: I was born, raised and went to school in former Yugoslavia. On May, 1994 my family landed in Iowa. Started to work for DMPS at ELL Department and after three years moved to SUCCESS Program. Since day one I love working with our students and families, love diversity at Hillis, love Hillis positive school climate. I have two sons and husband. I like to read and travel.
Colleges Attended: Mostar University – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Highest Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science
Years of Experience: 20 years
Years at Hillis: 16 years
Original Hometown: Mostar – Bosnia and Herzegovina
High School Attended: Travnik High School – Bosnia and Herzegovina
My husband Bruce and I live in Des Moines with our three children, Tristen, Evelyn and Elsie. We enjoy playing outside, watching movies and we are active in our church.
Highest Degree Earned:BA Elementary Education
Years of Experience: 2 years teaching preschool, 15 years volunteer teaching Sunday School, 5 years Special Education Associate
Years at Hillis: 5 years
Original Hometown: Des Moines
High School Attended: Norwalk High School
My name is Anna Nicolai, I am the Hillis Media Associate. I enjoy helping the students discover the wonders of books and reading. My family includes my husband Gene, our two grown daughters and our family dog Grace. In my spare time I like to read, take long walks and travel.
College- Graduated from Des Moines Area Community College
Years at Hillis- 11 years
Hometown- Born in Chicago, lived the majority of my life in Des Moines
High School- Hoover High School
I attended UNI majoring in Publics Relations/Communications
Travel and Tourism Degree
Property and Casualty Insurance License- Insurance Industry for 6 years.
Project Management for 8 years.
I have worked at Hillis 6 years.
My hometown was Chatsworth, IL.
I attended Sigourney High School.
My family at home includes my husband, Mark, and daughter Taylan.
I am an Iowa State Cyclone Fan. My family and I are avid hiker’s. We love to travel whenever we have the time.
Colleges Attended: UNI
Highest Degree Earned: Masters Degree
Years of Experience: 16
Years at Hillis: 4
Original Hometown: Vinton, Iowa
High School Attended: Vinton-Shellsburg High School
Marycrest College Davenport, Ia
36 years of nursing – University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics / Dubuque Internal Medicine / Des Moines Public Schools
21 years at Hillis as school nurse
Hometown: Annawan, Il / Annawan High School