Hello, My name is Carlos Alonzo and I’m the SUCCESS case manager. I graduated from Iowa State University and I have worked at Willard since 2006. I am proud to be part of the Willard family and feel fortunate to be able to work along such an amazing staff, students and their families.
This will be my 5th year as the School Counselor at Willard Elementary. I feel lucky to work with such amazing staff, students, and families! I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Family Services. After that, I received my Masters in Professional School Counseling from Buena Vista University. Outside of Willard, I enjoy spending time with my husband, son and dog. We like to go camping, ride bikes, and hang out with family and friends.
Hello! My name is Katie Clater and I am the Teaching and Learning Instructional Coach at Willard Elementary. I started my teaching career in 2003, working as a middle school special education teacher at Moulton Extended Learning Center with Des Moines Schools. After teaching special education for three years at Moulton, I left the district and went to work for Carlisle Community School District. While in Carlisle, I taught both special and general education, ranging from fourth through sixth grade. I returned to the Des Moines Public Schools in 2011 and taught fourth grade at Willard Elementary before transitioning to instructional coaching.
I love teaching at Willard because we have the BEST students and teachers in the Des Moines area!!! All students and teachers come to school with a passion to learn!
In my spare time, you will find me enjoying time with my husband and three children. My children keep me very busy with sporting activities and their love for the outdoors! I also love to travel, work in my flower gardens and read.
My first year in education was 2006, where I started at Willard as a first grade teacher. I have taught kindergarten, first and second grade here over the years. I am in my 2nd year as a Mathematics Instructional Coach. My passion for mathematics started in college where I graduated from with a mathematics endorsement and continued into my graduate studies work. I am overjoyed and blessed with the opportunity to share my love for math with teachers and students at Willard!
My name is Mrs. Hildebrand and I have worked at Willard for 10 years, currently as a Special Education Associate, and I love working with kids and the great staff we have at Willard, I call my family! My favorite color is purple and I love camping and spending time with my family and friends.
My name is Patty and I am a part-time interventionist here at Willard. The leadership and climate at Willard are one of the many reasons I landed here. I got my undergraduate degree in elementary education and early childhood education from The Pennsylvania State University. I taught on the east coast for five years before returning to my home state of Iowa. Before I left I got my masters degree in reading/curriculum and Instruction at George Mason University in Virginia. I’ve done lots of stuff in education-some in schools and some out of schools. I own a store called be. that is a youth-focused retail business. I also work at Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines helping to organize the youth group. In my free time I like to travel. Anywhere. And if they are willing, I love hanging out with my kids who are in their late teens and twenties
My name is Jennifer Vasey and I provide speech-language support for our district students at Willard Elementary , Pleasant Hill Elementary , Hoyt Middle School, St. Joseph Catholic School and various hospital programs. The 2021-22 school year will be my 11th year at Willard. I enjoy working with the students, families and staff at Willard—they are the best!!
Hi everyone! My name is Krysten Williams, and I am so excited to be your new school nurse! You can call me “Nurse Krysten”. I have been in school nursing for 4 years and recently left my career of 10 years as an ER nurse, working in both the pediatric and adult departments. I am a wife and mother of two children ages 8 & 3 ½. I graduated with my Registered Nurse and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mercy College of Health Sciences. A few of my favorites things include rainbows, paper mate flair pens, coffee mugs/tumblers, graphic tees, Amazon, Target, Rae Dunn, Diet Dr. Pepper and coffee! As a family, we love spending time outside near the beach or pool, relaxing on our patio and traveling. My office is always open for any questions, concerns or just to chat. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!