Amanda DeBose, Music Education
Amanda has a Masters in Music Performance (oboe) and Music History from the University of Kansas as well as a Masters in Library Science from the University of Missouri—Columbia. Having previously taught young children’s music classes at a children’s museum in near Chicago, she’s excited to delve deeper into the intersection of music and Montessori. She plays the oboe and English horn the best, but teaches piano lessons, sings, plays handbells, and can present a recognizable tune on the flute, guitar, doumbek, recorders, and a few other instruments. When not singing silly songs with her two kids, she chases her flock of urban backyard chickens, pulls weeds, bakes copious loves of bread, hikes to nowhere, or knits socks.
DeAnna MacDonald, Art Education
DeAnna has a B.A. in English and Theater with a Master’s in Education attending both Grand View University and Drake. She has taught English, Speech and Theater in Des Moines Schools.
Since 2007, she’s been working with Dramatykes helping young children explore their imagination through Drama. DeAnna also works as Program Coordinator of ASAP – After School Arts Program – in Des Moines. When not cultivating the arts, she enjoys time with her daughters – Gretchen and Fina – and their orange cat named Ronald Weasley.
Melissa Webb, Physical Education
Melissa enjoys the outdoors and spends time with her family kayaking, riding bikes and camping. She has been teaching Tae Kwon Do for seven years and has a 2nd degree black belt! Her educational background includes a B.S. in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and an Elementary certification through American Montessori Society (AMS). She has taught in a variety of Montessori classrooms over the last 15 years and all three of her children began their education in Montessori. Currently, she is a substitute teacher at Norwalk Public Schools and volunteers her time at church working with after school youth groups. In her personal time, her favorite things to do include sneaking out for breakfast, playing guitar and envisioning the possibility of crafty projects.