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 and is an 8th grader at Goodrell Middle School. Tyler is involved in Soccer, Swimming, Cross County, and Track. Tyler spent much of June in Kofu, Japan as a part of the DMPS exchange program. Tyler’s activities keep us very busy.
We love to travel. This summer we went on a European, Scandinavian cruise, the included a stay in St. Petersburg, Russia. Last summer we traveled to Alaska and Canada, and I have now been to ALL 50 States and 14 countries! We love going on road trips and especially like to visit the National Parks, Arizona for Cubs Spring Training and Florida.
Hello Pleasant Hill students and families, my name is Doug Rucker! This will be my 5th year teaching in Des Moines Public Schools. Prior to graduating, I also served as an AmeriCorps member for 2 years at a DMPS 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 (5 years old) and Bob (3 years old). This will be Henry’s first year of kindergarten and Bob will begin preschool. We enjoy watching movies, going outside and being active, relaxing at home, and traveling to visit family and friends. My wife and I moved to Iowa in 2012 from Illinois where we both grew up in small, rural towns.
I am excited to teach 4th grade at Pleasant Hill Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year!