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Human Resources

Human Resources 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. The department supports more than 1,900 employees, substitutes, and oversees our retiree recognition program.

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Human Resources Leadership

Dr. Nora E. Ryan
Chief Human Resources Officer

Megan Thole
Human Resources Director

Who to Contact

Certified Staff, Negotiations, Investigations
Dr. Nora E. Ryan
Chief Human Resources Officer

Classified Staff, Title IX, Evaluations
Megan Thole
Human Resources Director

Employment Verification, Salary and Wages and Early Retirement
Alex Koenen
Human Resources Specialist

Leaves of Absence (FMLA & non-FMLA), Absence Management (Aesop), Substitute Information
Jackie Armstrong

Online Staff PD (Vector Solutions & AEA), Coursework Credit/Reimbursement, Background Checks
Emily Schulz

Worker’s Compensation, Student Teacher Placement and Certified Evaluations (Professional Growth Model)
Carol Rushing
Executive Assistant/SAM

Equal Employment Opportunity

The West Des Moines Community School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs or its employment practices.

Inquiries and grievances may be directed to our Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Coordinator, at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265 or to the Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Kansas City, MO.