Dunnwald Elected School Board President

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education elected Melinda Dunnwald as its president and Jill Caton Johnson, Ph.D.  as its vice president on Monday, Sept. 25.

Dunnwald was elected in 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Iowa State University and her master’s degree in business communication from the University of St. Thomas. She was a top sales performer as well as sales manager at the Xerox Corporation and an adjunct instructor at Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. Dunnwald and her husband, Jeff, have two children: Dayna is a sophomore at Valley High School and Drew is a ninth-grader at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School.

Jill Caton Johnson, Ph.D., was also elected in 2015. She is a professor of education and director of off-campus teaching and learning programs at Drake University and is a former fourth-grade teacher at Crestview School of Inquiry (then Crestview Elementary) in the West Des Moines Community Schools. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Iowa, and her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction, literacy education from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband, Tom, have two children: Jack is a sophomore at Valley High School and Caton is a ninth-grader at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School. Johnson is also a member of the United Way Education Cabinet.

Each year, the School Board chooses a president and vice president. The president presides at all meetings of the board, signs contracts and school district warrants approved by the Board, and more. The vice president serves in the absence of the president.

The Board also appointed Dunnwald to serve as the Board’s representatives on the district’s School Community Network, which is a committee of parents, teachers, and administrators. Board member Vicky Poole, Ed.D., was appointed as the Board’s representative on the West Des Moines Community Schools Foundation, and Liz Cox was appointed as the Board’s representative on the Iowa Association of School Boards’ Delegate Assembly.

Read more about our board members on our district website at www.wdmcs.org/district/our-school-board/members.