About Community Schools

Des Moines Public Schools is a partner in the Coalition for Community Schools. DMPS Community Schools exist to build meaningful partnerships between families, schools, and the community leading to improved student learning, thriving families and vibrant Des Moines neighborhoods. It’s one more way DMPS is becoming the model for urban education in the United States.

Community School Coordinators

Community School Coordinators work with their school teams to create a comprehensive continuum of internal and external supports to ensure students’ personal and academic success. Community School Coordinators aim to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Foster effective school-community relationships toward improved student outcomes
  • Support transitions in schools with an emphasis on improved student engagement
  • Improve students’ community engagement and social awareness
  • Increase family engagement with schools
  • Expand the community school strategy
School NameCoordinatorContact
Capitol View ElementaryAdriyel Mondlochadriyel.mondloch@dmschools.org
King Elementary Al Perezalfonso.perez@dmschools.org
Lovejoy ElementaryTheron Hobbstheron.hobbs@dmschools.org
McKinley ElementaryMolly Girschmolly.girsch@dmschools.org
Monroe Elementary Lesleyann Christensenlesleyann.christensen@dmschools.org
Morris ElementaryBrad Buckleybradley.buckley@dmschools.org
Moulton ElementaryBrent Osbornebrent.osborne@dmschools.org
Samuelson Elementary Pashion Muhammadpashion.muhammad@dmschools.org
Callanan MiddleLouis Fountainlouis.fountain@dmchools.org
Goodrell MiddleSharlene Claytorsharlene.claytor@dmschools.org
Weeks MiddleLawanda Sanderslawanda.sanders@dmschools.org
Central CampusSonya Smithsonya.smith@dmschools.org
East High SchoolAntonia Valadezantonia.valadez@dmschools.org
Hoover High SchoolGretchen Critelligretchen.critelli@dmschools.org
Lincoln High SchoolCara Edmondsoncara.edmondson@dmschools.org
North High SchoolTim Johnsontimothy.johnson@dmschools.org
Roosevelt High SchoolLupe Thomasonlupe.thomason@dmschools.org
Scavo Full Service High SchoolLyn Marchantlynette.marchant@dmschools.org

Community School Coordinators are funded by United Way of Central Iowa Education Impact funds, the United Way of Central Iowa ELI- Education Leadership Initiative, and the United States Department of Education Full Service Community Schools Program.

Director of Community Schools

Allyson Vukovich
Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines

Community Schools Coordinator

Jill Padgett

Community Partnership Coordinator

Vanessa Howell
Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines