I was born and raised in Des Moines. I attended McKee Elementary, Hoyt Middle School for, and East High School. I am a PROUD member of the East High Alumni Association as is my husband, Patrick. We are currently working towards establishing a scholarship for graduating seniors.
We both coach at East High, I am the head girls Varsity Swimming Coach, and Patrick coaches Cross Country. We both also coach middle school sports. Patrick teaches at Goodrell Middle School.
I attended Minnesota State University where I was a member of the Varsity Swim Team. I transferred to UNI where I swam one season for the Panthers and played one season of Rugby. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Spanish minor in 2000. I am certified to teach K-6 General Classrooms and K-8 Spanish.I obtained my master’s degree from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin in May of 2016. I have a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Our son Tyler attended Pleasant Hill Elementary, Goodrell Middle School and he attends East High School. Tyler is involved in Football, Swimming, Track and Soccer. Tyler’s activities keep us very busy.
We love to travel! I have been to all 50 states and 14 countries. We have been on cruises to Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia, Europe and Russia. We had planned a trip to Mexico, Belize and Honduras but were not able to go, so we are looking forward to our next travel adventure. We love being outdoors, visiting national parks, going on road trips, swimming, boating, playing golf and playing tennis. We love the Ocean and the Beach!
Hello Pleasant Hill students and families, my name is Doug Rucker! This will be my 7th year teaching in Des Moines Public Schools and my 3rd year at Pleasant Hill. Prior to graduating, I also served as an AmeriCorps member for 2 years at Cowles Montessori School. In 2015, I received my bachelor’s degree in K-6 elementary education with a K-8 reading endorsement from Upper Iowa University. In 2019, I received my Master of Higher Education degree, also from Upper Iowa University. Go Peacocks!
I live in Ankeny with my wife, Nicole, and our two sons, Henry (7 years old) and Bob (5 years old). We enjoy watching movies, going outside and being active, and relaxing at home. My wife and I moved to Iowa in 2012 from Illinois where we both grew up in small, rural towns.
I promise you every day your child will learn something new in 4th grade. Some days they will bring it home in their hands, some days they will bring it home in their heads, and some days they will bring it home in their hearts. (Valerie Welk)