English Language Learners

Shelly Smith


P: 515-242-8435 | E: shelly.smith@dmschools.org


Educational  Experience:
Master of Arts in Education
K-6 Elementary Classroom
K-8 Reading
K-8 Speech Communications/Theatre
K-12 English as a Second Language
K-12 Athletic Coach

IB-An Introduction to the Curriculum Model
Responsive Classroom Overview & Responsive Classroom Course

Teaching Experience:
I have been with DMPS for 21 years.
I have taught second grade, English Language Learners, title reading and Reading Recovery.

My hope and dream for my students is that they would read at grade level and enjoy lots of non-fiction books.


Emily Walter

Teacher - English Language Learners

P: 515-242-8435 | E: emily.heetland@dmschools.org


Education Experience:
BA in Elementary Education from Luther College
ESL endorsement
Music Minor

Responsive Classroom Overview

Teaching Experience:
I taught English in Taiwan for two years. I have been with the Des Moines School District for two years.

My hopes and dreams for my students this year are to gain confidence speaking English. I also hope they acquire English language skills in order to become a proficient reader and writer.