My name is Tammy Corkrean and I am the Special Education Consultant that supports Garton. I have been an employee in Des Monies Public Schools for 15 years. I received my Bachelor’s from Peru State College with a degree in Elementary Education, Special Education Endorsement from Upper Iowa, Master’s from University of Grand Canyon, and my consultant’s license from Morningside College.
I enjoy traveling, golfing, gardening, and biking.
Hello, my name is Nathan Efkamp and I am currently a 5th Grade teacher at Garton Elementary. I have previously taught 4th grade at Garton for 3 years and middle school math for 1 year. I attended the University of Northern Iowa and received a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics. I am currently pursuing my masters degree at Drake University.
I love sports, music and hanging outdoors. I love spending time with family which includes my wife Emily and dog Lucy. I am excited to be a part of the Garton family and I can’t wait to watch our students grow!!
Hello!!! My name is Holly Hegg and I’m one of the Instructional Coaches! This year begins my 26th year in education. I began my teaching career in Houston, TX after graduating from University of Northern Iowa. When my husband and I decided to move back to Iowa in 2001 I was hired by DMPS!! I have taught at Moulton and Adams Elementary before landing here at Garton.
When not teaching I enjoy time with my husband, Brian and out two children, Brynn and Tyler. We love camping, hiking and seeing new places around Iowa and the US.
I’m excited to start another year supporting our student and teachers. We have such amazing students walk through our doors each morning!!! #ignitethespark
Hello!! My name is Alishea Henze. I am the speech-language pathologist who serves Garton Elementary. This is my 17th year with the DMPS and my 15th year at Garton Elementary. I attended Cottey College in Nevada, MO. Prior to earning my undergraduate degree at Iowa State University. I received my graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa. My first job after graduation was with the DMPS, and I have been with the District ever since!! My job is to support students, teacher, and families in order to help all of our students develop competent communication skills, for success in the classroom and beyond.
When I am not at work, I enjoy cooking, gardening and spending time with my 3 children. I have a 4 year old son named Asa, a 2 year old daughter named Aliza and an 8 year old daughter named Amelia. I live with my children, my husband, and my 2 cats in Ankeny, IA.
Hi! My name is Meredith Hunt and I am one of the instructional coaches at Garton. I began teaching at Garton right after graduating from Upper Iowa University in 2014 and am currently finishing up my masters!
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending my time with my husband and our son. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, and spending time outside!
I can’t wait to start another amazing year at Garton with our fabulous students and staff! 😊
My name is Chelsea Smith and I am a first year Social Worker at Garton and Carver Elementary schools this year! I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Services, and completed my Master’s of Social Work at Arizona State University in 2019.
When I’m not working, you can find me reading, spending time with friends and family, or chasing around my dog, Remy.
Hello! My name is Jim Stevens and I am the Success Case Manager here at Garton. I grew up on the east side (attended Phillips, Goodrell, and East High School) and graduated from Grandview University many years ago. This is my 12th year at Garton and my 20th year working for Des Moines Public Schools.
When I’m not at school I enjoy spending time with my family.
Kathleen Wells is the nurse at Garton. I have been a nurse since 1979 and has been with DMPS since 1993. I have been at Garton since Garton and Adams merged in 2006. I am a graduate of Grand View University and worked at Mercy Hospital prior to coming to DMPS.
I am married to Michael and has two grown sons. My life revolves around her husband, who is recently retired, her kids and grandkids, one of whom goes to Garton, her two chocolate labs, Semi and Della, and her Tuxedo cat, Thelma. I enjoy being out in nature, in my garden, and has plans to renovate a 1945 Allis Chalmers Tractor.