The Human Resources department oversees one of our district’s greatest resources – our employees. The department strives to provide our students and parents with a talented, knowledgeable and dedicated workforce by:
- reaching out locally and nationally to recruit quality and diverse staff members;
- supporting professional development and training; and
- fostering an engaging and caring work environment.
The department supports more than 1,300 employees, substitutes and our retiree recognition program.
The West Des Moines Community Schools is dedicated to employing talented, caring teachers who are committed to their profession. The state has minimum qualifications for teaching in Iowa, which include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, completion of an approved teacher preparation program, and more. The federal government defines a “highly qualified” teacher as a teacher that meets Iowa’s qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level or subject area in which the teacher is providing instruction.
Many of the West Des Moines Community Schools teachers exceed these qualifications by holding advanced degrees in their areas of expertise or Master Educator licenses. More than 85 percent of our teachers have earned credit hours above their baccalaureate degree. As with all Iowa districts, the district may hire teachers for hard-to-fill positions that hold conditional licenses as they work toward meeting full licensure criteria. If this would occur, the district will meet the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requirement to notify parents or guardians.
For more information, please contact the West Des Moines Community Schools Office of Human Resources by calling 633-5034 or visiting the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265.
The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires all schools to notify parents or guardians after a class has been taught for four consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not considered “highly qualified” for that specific subject area. Please be assured if your child is being taught by a teacher not considered “highly qualified” under NCLB in one or more subjects, a letter will be sent home. A highly qualified teacher is defined as a teacher that meets Iowa’s qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level or subject area in which the teacher is providing instruction.
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