Hello from Room 207! My name is Katie Neal, and this will be my 9th year at Willard. I have taught 1st grade for 8 of those years, and this will be my first year in 2nd grade! I attended the University of Northern Iowa. (Go Panthers!) When I am not teaching, I love traveling to see my sister in Oregon, reading, and spending time with family. I am looking forward to another great year at Willard Elementary!
Welcome to the Peacemaker class!
My name is Sherry Thompkins and I am excited for my eighth year as a second grade teacher at Willard Elementary! I am in my 21st year of teaching and have experience as an
Aurally Handicapped and Special Education educator. As you can see I am passionate about teaching and learning! I also enjoy teaching a cooking class during 21st Century and some of my favorite recipes come from the Willard families and extended families! I am active in multiple leadership roles within our school and love opportunities to grow as a professional.
I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education with an emphasis in teaching deaf and hard of hearing students.
I later completed my Master’s Degree in Special Education, at Iowa State University.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and adult children. I also enjoy walking, reading, and experimenting with new recipes. My favorite part about being a teacher is watching students become independent thinkers and team players. I love to watch students grow!
Welcome to 2nd grade! My name is Mrs. Tigges and this will be my 7th year teaching the wonderful students at Willard! I graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I live in Des Moines with my husband and our two daughters. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family, watching ISU, and reading a great book.
I am so excited for another great year in 2nd grade! Willard truly has the BEST students and staff