Asia 8th

Stacey Bowles

Language and Literature - 8th Grade

E: stacey.bowles@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Stacey Bowles and I teach reading and language arts. I have my undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Elementary Education, a K-8 reading minor and a 7-12 English endorsement. My graduate degree is from Drake University in secondary counseling. I enjoy spending time with my family and attending my kid's activities. Scrapbooking, traveling, reading and shopping are some of my hobbies.

"A book today, a friend forever." Author Unknown

Joseph Fiorenza

Mathematics - 8th Grade

E: joseph.fiorenza@dmschools.org

Biography

Mr. Fiorenza earned his undergraduate degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and graduate degree in Education from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. A native of Illinois, he has been living in Chicago for the past 13 years. An avid fan of Chicago Cubs baseball and Chicago Bear football, as well as Notre Dame football, he is excited to once again be back in Iowa. Along with his wife and son, Mr. Fiorenza is a proud resident of Des Moines and a passionate advocate for math education. It is Mr. Fiorenza’s firm belief that through a strong math education the doors of opportunity are opened for all.

John Gerlitz

Individuals and Societies - 8th Grade

E: john.gerlitz@dmschools.org

Biography

Mr. Gerlitz attended the University of Northern Iowa and Simpson College. He has earned a degree in history and in education. During 2010-2011, Mr. Gerlitz served in a military deployment to Afghanistan. While there he had the opportunity to work with Afghan soldiers and police officers in order to help ensure better security for the local province. After the deployment he married a woman he has known since the first grade.

Neal Patel

8th Science

E: neal.patel@dmschools.org

Elizabeth Treinen

English Language Learners

E: elizabeth.treinen@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi, I am very excited to be in my 2nd year of teaching with Des Moines Schools.  I love teaching and learning with all of the cultures we have here at Brody! In my free time, I enjoy weekend get-togethers with family and friends as well as spending time with my boyfriend, Justin.