Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning, DMPS
Kelly Schofield is the former principal of Hanawalt Elementary and the new Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning for Des Moines Public Schools. She is a proud public school educator that has served in public education for almost 30 years. Before coming to Des Moines she was an educator and administrator in North Carolina. Among her accomplishment during her time in North Carolina are National Title 1 Distinguished School Award for Sustained Student Achievement, P21 Exemplar School, National School Change Winner from National Principal Institute, Intel School of Distinction for Excellence in Mathematics, Crayola Creatively Alive Children’s Grant Winner, and Champion Educator from the Chamber of Commerce. She has spoken at a number of State, Regional and National Conferences on school culture, vision and mission, student agency and integration. Ms. Schofield holds and BA in Elementary Education and a MA in Elementary Mathematics.
Dr. Ryan Wise
Director of Iowa Department of Education
Dr. Ryan Wise was appointed director of the Iowa Department of Education by former Governor Terry Branstad in July 2015.
Director Wise leads with an emphasis on working together as an education system to make Iowa’s schools into places where adults can collaborate and students can thrive. He has made it a priority to stay connected to Iowa schools, having visited more than 140 school districts statewide.
Director Wise was named Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education in 2017 and has worked in education at the local, state, national and international levels.
He began his career as a high school history teacher in Mississippi and Nebraska before moving to his home state of South Dakota to launch and lead Teach for America on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations. He also worked to eliminate educational inequity around the world as one of the founding staff members of Teach for All, a global network of education entrepreneurs.
Director Wise earned a doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Creighton University.
He lives in Des Moines with his wife, Sacha, and their two sons, Weston and Graham.
When asked to introduce his father to his class, Ryan’s youngest son said, “This is my dad, Mr. Ryan Wise. He is the Director of Education. He visits classrooms and does stuff.”