Office of Schools

Increasing the Capacity for Success at All Schools

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The Office of Schools supports our elementary, middle and high schools to help every student reach their potential.

The Office of Schools is a new part of the Des Moines Public Schools organization, providing greater district-wide support to our schools throughout the community.

The Office of Schools core purpose is to increase the collective capacity of all schools by providing support and coaching in several areas, including:

  • instructional leadership,
  • school improvement,
  • culture and climate,
  • human capital development.

In short, the Office of Schools exists to support the good work of our principals and teachers in order to best meet the academic needs of all students in Des Moines.

For information about specific DMPS schools, please visit the links in the menu to the right.

Chief Schools Officer

Matt Smith

Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
P: 515-242-7725 | F: 515-242-7579 | E: matthew.smith@dmschools.org

Executive Director – Secondary Schools

Tim Schott

Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
P: 515-242-7725 | F: 515-242-7579 | E: timothy.schott@dmschools.org

Executive Director – Elementary Schools

Susan Tallman

Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
P: 515-242-7725 | F: 515-242-7579 | E: susan.tallman@dmschools.org