Adam Arthur has taught social studies in the Des Moines school district in Des Moines, Iowa for five years where he currently teaches senior level Economics, Government, and Advanced Placement Government and Politics at Abraham Lincoln High School. He earned a B.A. in Social Science Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 2010.
Adam was a leading contributor on the Caucus 101 curriculum which was posted on the website of the Iowa Secretary of State’s office for teachers statewide to use during the run-up to the 2016 Iowa caucuses. The curriculum utilized a rigorous student centered approach to engage students across the state in civic participation with an emphasis on the caucus process.
Adam has also worked as an instructional coach on the AP Government and Politics Knowledge in Action project which is a project of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Adam has utilized PBL in cooperation with the George Lucas Educational Foundation in attempts to allow equitable access and outcomes for all students in advanced placement coursework. He has specialized in developing and adapting curriculum for the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics course which he has utilized in his class for the past five years.
Adam is also the 2016 recipient of the James Madison Fellowship for the state of Iowa. The fellowship, which is an award sponsored by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation recognizes individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.
In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, and dog Aristotle. He also enjoys disc golf and being outside.
I have a bachelors degree in Meteorology from Penn State University, a Masters of Science in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Simpson College. I teach Conceptual Physics and the AVID elective class. I love eating good food, watching movies, and spending time with my wife and two sons.
I’m excited to be at Lincoln High School teaching Math! I’m originally from California, but meeting and marrying an Iowa lady changed all that. Sarah and I have four daughters and love our life right here in Des Moines. I enjoy singing and playing guitar, Notre Dame football, and traveling with my family. Go Rails!
I have lived in Des Moines my whole life, except for a few years at University of Northern Iowa. I am an instructional strategist who focusses on science and math curriculum. I have been at Lincoln High School for 15 years.
Phil Chia is in his 10th year as the Activities Director at Lincoln and in his 20th overall at the school. Prior to taking over the position of AD he was a coach and a business teacher for 10 years with the Rails. Phil grew up on the south side of Des Moines, and like several of the staff at Lincoln, he is a Railsplitter alumni. Phil attended the University of Northern Iowa receiving his degree in Business Education and later received his Masters degree at Drake in Education Administration. Phil is married with four children.
I graduated from Lincoln High School (and bleed maroon and gold). I attended Simpson College where I majored in English. Currently, I teach English III and IV. Outside of school, I enjoy baseball, photography, and spending time with family. GO YANKEES! GO HAWKS! GO RAILS!
I am originally from Chicago and have been a happy Iowa resident for 6 years! I have 3 degrees from Loyola University Chicago (2 B.A.s in history and English and a Masters in Secondary Education) have traveled to five countries and lived in Rome and Ireland. I love Lincoln and am excited to come to work every day!
Graduated from “THE” University of Northern Iowa.
I Teach: power fundamentals, Graphics, Graphics 2
Exploring Technology, and 3-d Mechanical.
Sarah Fillius is a proud Lincoln alum and graduate of Drake University. She taught field science and natural history in California, New York, Wisconsin, and Michigan before returning to Des Moines’ south side to teach at Lincoln. She enjoys gardening, cooking, running, and camping with her family.
Instructor for Government and Sociology
Ms. Cobler teaches Forensic Science and Biology. She graduated from University of Iowa with a bachelors degree and also from Iowa State University with a masters degree.
Proud Lincoln alum! 16 years teaching science. Master’s degree in Secondary Education at Drake University and veteran active duty instructor of the United States Air Force. Three children; Mike in grad school, Andy in the Air Force and Caitlin working at Wells Fargo. Love to walk, go to see movies and listen to my husband Bob sing at various locations around town!
Hello, my name is Dr. Joy Linquist. I am currently serving the southside as Associate Principal here at Lincoln High School.
My previous positions in Des Moines Public Schools are as follows:
- School Improvement Leader at Lincoln High School
- Career Consultant at Central Campus and Scavo High School
- Principal of Harding Middle School
- Personnel Manager in DMPS
My family includes three sons (Alexander, Allen and Jackson), my husband (Clayton) and my dog (Buddy). I am graduate of DMPS and I am happy that I have the opportunity each day to work in my home district.
I love supporting students, staff and families in our community. Please reach out if I can support you in any way.
I graduated with a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa and then got my MSW from the University of Iowa years later as I realized my passion for Social Work and empowering others to be the best they can be. I have been with Des Moines Public Schools for six years now and absolutely love it. In my free time I love being outdoors and spending time with my husband and two children (ages 11 and 15).
Ocie Lowery III
I enjoy all sports and the Iowa Hawkeyes! I work as the Behavior Interventionist and have 16 years experience working with students with Behaviors problems. I am married (Emily) and have two boys.(Conor and Owen)
Hi, my name is Kerrie Mohler. I have been teaching business and computer classes in Des Moines Public Schools since 2000. North High School was my first teaching experience for a year and a half, then Lincoln Main for 4 years and currently I have enjoyed my time at Lincoln RAILS 9th Grade Academy. I earned my high school diploma from Urbandale High School and my undergraduate degree in Secondary Business Education from Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa… where I continued to enjoy playing fast pitch softball through my college years. I earned my Master of Education degree from Viterbo University also. I enjoy spending my spare time with my husband Matt, our three children, and our dog Kinnick. I like to travel, play softball/volleyball, ski, and watch my kids play sports. I’m a Chicago Cubs and Hawkeye fan at heart! I consider myself a lifelong learner and look forward to new challenges in my life daily.
Graduated from Simpson College with Accounting degree in 1997. Returned to school and graduated with Masters in Teaching in 2011. Also part of the boy’s basketball staff.
I am here to chew bubblegum and teach Social Studies…and I’m all out of bubblegum. Educated here at Lincoln High School and at the University of Northern Iowa, where I’ve received my Master of Arts in Social Science. I love being here on the Southside where I was born and raised and plan to retire from Lincoln High School decades from now.
I am originally from Marshalltown and graduated from UNI with my BA in 1996 and ISU with my MA in 2004. Lincoln has been my teaching home since 2001 where I have had the opportunity to teach special and general education English. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being in the outdoors, and watching sports.
I teach Algebra 1 and 2 and am the AVID coordinator. I am married with two girls and have two dogs. I like to travel, camping and spending time with my family.
Though I’m not a native of Iowa I’m glad to call Des Moines home. I graduate from Roosevelt High School and Grand View University. My husband and I are expecting our first baby in February of 2017. We both love to garden, own a zoo of animals, and enjoy backpacking in the mountains during the summer. I am also one of the two Poet Mentors for Movement 515, which is a slam poetry, break dancing, and graffiti program for students.
Originally from Gillette, Wyoming, Brandon Record joined the Railsplitters in the Fall of 2022 after teaching at Hiatt Middle School for 2 years. He went to the University of Sioux Falls and received a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education. At Lincoln, he directs 7 choirs including Chamber, Jazz Choir and Infinity Show Choir. Outside of school, he loves to be outside, to travel, and spend time with his friends, family, and his dog!
I have taught Spanish at Lincoln High since the Fall of 2022. I am a graduate from Simpson College, St. John’s University (MN) and Saint Louis University. I was a college professor in Missouri, Montana and Wisconsin. I am originally from Puerto Rico. I have two children. I enjoy reading, playing board games with family and watching movies (from the classics to current movies). I am committed to co-creating a learning experience where all are valued and a deep respect for the dignity of all people is cultivated daily.
Hello! I am a transplant from Michigan. In my two decades of education, I have taught in Michigan, California, and Iowa. My partner, a 25 year Army Veteran, and I landed here on his last stop in his career and decided to plant some roots. I graduated from Siena Heights University, in Adrian, Michigan, with an undergraduate degree in English Language Arts and a master’s degree in Secondary Education. While teaching in Oakland, California, I became passionate about Trauma Informed Curriculum and Practices which lead me to another master’s from Concordia University of Portland on the subject. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy baking, reading, working out, and being on the water.
I teach Spanish 1 and Heritage 1. I also teach Driver’s Ed at night. I have degrees from University of Texas-Arlington and Buena Vista. I have 4 wonderful adult children. My hobbies include bicycle riding (I live for RAGBRAI), boating and cooking.
I grew up on a farm in southeast Iowa. Graduated from UNI with a BS in Chemistry Education and a minor in Mathematics. I then graduated form ISU with a Masters in School Mathematics. I have taught for DMPS since 1985, since 1990 at LHS. I enjoy my 3 grown children, sewing and reading in my free time.
Graceland University undergrad & Masters
PE teacher 25 years for DMPS
I am an Iowa State University grad in my 29th year of teaching. I enjoy teaching family & consumer science classes as the information can increase the quality of life for students.
Cole Van Vark
Hello! My name is Michael Williams and I am incredibly happy to teach at Lincoln! I am a proud UNI Panther alum! I am not new to the area as I grew up in Des Moines and am a product of the Des Moines Public Schools! I have been involved in theatre since middle school and love the creativity that it fosters! Go Rails!
I began my career in education back in 1997 as a high school instrumental music teacher after graduating from the University of Tulsa. After nine years of teaching in Tulsa, OK and Colorado Springs, CO, I entered the administration side of the profession after completing my Masters degree from Grand Canyon University. In 2011 I had the honor of being named the Principal of Abraham Lincoln High School after serving four years as an Assistant Principal in Colorado Springs.
I am a graduate of University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Art Education. I teach Introduction to Art 2D-3D design and Draw Paint II. Hobbies include working out, biking, swimming, running and lifting. Enjoy being outside and making art!