Related Arts

Related Arts Faculty

Sarah Cutsforth, GATE

I grew up in Marion, Iowa and graduated from Linn Mar High School. I then attended The University of Iowa where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Psychology with a minor in Sociology, along with a 5-12 Social Studies teaching certification. I earned my K-12 teaching endorsement in Talented and Gifted Education from the Belin-Blank Center in 2013. I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in education with an emphasis on reading. I have worked as a Talented and Gifted teacher for three years, and this will be my first year at ADM. I love getting to work with unique and creative students each year, and I am so excited to be a Tiger! In my free time I love to read, cook, and spend time outside with my husband Kevin and our chocolate lab Bear.

Stephanie Hoppenworth, Technology

I am from Waterloo, Iowa where I lived while attending the University of Northern Iowa. I graduated in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education. In 2014, I moved to West Des Moines and began teaching Technology here at DeSoto Intermediate. I am excited to finally be in my own classroom where I get to work with students on typing, problem solving, and other creative projects. In my free time I love reading books, working on craft projects, and shopping with my mom. I can’t wait for all the exciting adventures we will have this year in Technology class!

Sarah Howell, Band & Vocal Music

I grew up in Dallas Center, Iowa. I graduated from Iowa State University (Go State!) in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. I started teaching at ADM in 2012. In 2013, I graduated from Viterbo University with a Masters of Arts in Education. My favorite part about my job is helping students experience music in the world around them. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughters, Amelia and Eliza. I also play flute with the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble.

Morgan Ostrander, Art

I grew up in Johnston, Iowa and graduated from Des Moines Christian in 2009. In 2013 I went to Iowa State for my BFA in Studio Arts and then in 2014 received my certification in Art Education from the University of Iowa. This is my second year teaching art and I am so excited to be at ADM! I teach Prekindergarten-5th Grade Art at Adel Elementary and Desoto Intermediate. When I am not at school I enjoy painting, drawing, and sewing my own clothes.

Tiffany Thein

I am originally from Muscatine, Iowa but moved to central Iowa when I attended Iowa State University for my undergrad. I got a degree in Elementary Education and attended as many football and basketball games as possible! I now am working towards my masters degree in library and information science at the University of Iowa. This is my first year teaching and being a school librarian! I am so excited to share my love of reading with the students here in DeSoto.

Daniel Webster, Physical Education

I graduated from Simpson College in 2013 with a degree in Physical Education and Health.  I taught K-12 PE and K-8 Health at Walnut CSD from 2013-2014.  I began teaching PE at DeSoto Intermediate in 2014.  I am married with two children.  We enjoy a lot of activities as a family like camping, swimming, visiting zoos, Adventureland, and enjoying the outdoors!  It is rewarding for me to teach a variety of activities to our youth for them to identify what they enjoy in order to live a healthy active life!

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