English Language Learners

Chelsey Garcia

English Language Learners (ELL)

P: x3834 | E: Chelsey.Garcia@dmschools.org


I'm originally from Colorado, but I've fallen in love with the city of Des Moines! I moved to Iowa to attend Dordt College in Sioux Center. I love to do anything outdoors: hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking. Working with people is my passion, especially kids, which is why I love my job SO MUCH! I teach ELL classes in the IELC at Lincoln and East High School. The range of diversity in Des Moines is a beautiful thing and I'm very excited to continue to teach and learn here for many years to come!

Chidananda Dahal

Bilingual Community Outreach Worker

P: 515-242-7500 | E: chidananda.dahal@dmschools.org


I was born and raised in Bhutan. I did my Bachelor of Science at University of Delhi, India, and Bachelor of Education in Tribhuvan University, Nepal. I can speak and write Nepali, English, and Hindi fluently. I with my family, parents, and five siblings came to Des Moines in 2009. I like to read magazines in my spare time.

Daniel “Eddy” Cisneros

Bilingual Community Outreach

P: x7584 | E: daniel.cisneros@dmschools.org


Spanish interpreter translator.

David Gatto

ELL Teacher

P: x7549 | E: David.Gatto@dmschools.org

Nicole Ellis

ELL Teacher

P: x3809 | E: Nicole.Salazar@dmschools.org


After working with refugee families through a local non-profit organization while still in high school, I fell in love with ELL.

I attended Iowa State University and graduated with a BA in English Education, ELL endorsement and Spanish minor.

Currently, I teach ELLs who recently arrived to the U.S. as well as ELLs who have lived for 7+ years in the U.S.

Weekends in my house are spent curled up with a hot cup of coffee, my German Shepherd Tango, and my cat Cash while watching Netflix or listening to old vinyl records.

Nicole Salazar

ELL Teacher

P: x3809 | E: Nicole.Salazar@dmschools.org

Scott Voogd

Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7500 | E: scott.voogd@dmschools.org


This is my 19th year teaching science at Lincoln. I also coach the girls soccer team. I have a BS in Geology from Eastern Connecticut State University ('94) an M.A.T. from Drake University ('98) and am currently enrolled in UNI's Principalship Master's program. I'm married with three awesome kids and two cats. Currently I teach Astronomy and ELL Science 1 and 2 classes.