About Crestview School of Inquiry

  • Tamara Tjeerdsma

    A Message From Principal Tjeerdsma

    It is a genuine honor to serve as the principal/director for Crestview School of Inquiry. I believe that we have amazing staff, students, and parents. Crestview School of Inquiry implements the project-based learning (PBL) framework that encourages all learners to take ownership of their learning by building skills necessary for collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. Students master the core standards through authentic, real world problems, which provide for deep learning opportunities. 

    As in the past, we will continue our commitment to helping all students learn at high levels. This can only occur through the guidance of our highly trained staff who are dedicated to the success of all students. My passion and mission has always been to equip, encourage, and empower those I am able to serve. This is accomplished and enhanced by a strong collaborative culture. I genuinely believe that we are “Stronger Together.” I am committed to the children, staff, and families of Crestview, and I look forward to partnering with you to make this school year an amazing year for OUR children.

    Go Tigers!

    Tamara Tjeerdsma
    Crestview School of Inquiry

Meet the Crestview School of Inquiry Staff

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Crestview Information

  • Address 

    8355 Franklin Ave
    Clive, IA 50325

    School Times

    HOURS: 8:20 a.m.-3:10 p.m. | Breakfast: 8:05 a.m.
    COLLABORATION SCHEDULE: Wednesdays 8:20 a.m.-2:25 p.m.
    PRESCHOOL: 8:20-11:05 a.m. and 12:25-3:10 p.m.

    Grades Served



    Tamara Tjeerdsma


    PHONE: 515-633-5700 
    FAX: 515-633-5799 

    COUNSELOR: Teresa Fritz
    NURSE: Jennifer Anderson
    SECRETARIES: Ashley Knepper, Tamrin Wibholm

  • Crestview History

    On opening day in December 1961, Crestview Elementary students found themselves surrounded by unpaved streets on a crest of land with a beautiful view in every direction. It was due to our surroundings that Crestview got its name.

    A dairy farm was adjacent to the playground, which prompted the recess rule, “Don’t go near the fence when the cows are out.”

    Crestview Elementary, along with Clive Elementary (now Clive Learning Academy), became part of the West Des Moines Community Schools as the result of a merger vote in July 1962. Crestview has had 10 principals. Harlan Hayek was Crestview's first principal followed by Jim Tussey, Beverley Roach, Jim Mayse, Martha Davis, Dr. Robert G.  Davis, Doug Stilwell, Kevin Fangman, and John Villotti. Tamara Tjeerdsma is the current principal.

    In 2015-16, Crestview Elementary became a Project-Based Learning school and changed its name to Crestview School of Inquiry. Students learn through real-world projects, and all children are assigned a personal digital device.

    Since the fall of 1991 when Crestview became a three-section building, the school has had full enrollment in virtually all grade levels.