Support Staff

Ashley Schryver

TLC Coach

P: 515-242-7589 | E:


I am very excited to be starting my first year here at Scavo High School.  I have spent the last 11 years at East High School as an English teacher.  I will be working as an instructional coach this year and I can't wait to start supporting teachers and students to reach their goals.  I am a graduate of Waldorf University and Iowa State University.  When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Carmon Rasmussen

School Counselor

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I am so EXCITED to be part of the Scavo team! My path to Scavo has had many different twists and turns, but I'm confident that I am exactly where I am supposed to be at this point in my career.


How did I become a School Counselor…Well, interestingly enough, I didn't have a great experience with my own Guidance Counselor in high school. I remember setting up a meeting to talk about going to college. I wanted to learn more about Child Psychology. However, I got the message that "I wouldn't make it through college, and I probably should just get a job." WHAT?! I left that meeting very confused. I knew I wasn't an outstanding or perfect student, but I was ok. I got mostly B's, C's, and a few A's sprinkled in here or there. I failed one semester of Algebra, but not because I wasn't doing my best. I just wasn't sure what I was going to do.


I didn't decide to become a School Counselor at that point, I just knew I was going to go to college and graduate, despite what my counselor had said. So I did. I competed one year at Kirkwood Community College, then transferred to Iowa State University. During my undergraduate at ISU I was hired as a resident counselor, then a program manager at Beloit Children's Home in Ames, IA. It was hard to work full-time and go to school full-time, but the experience was invaluable. I graduated with my Bachelors in Liberal Studies in 1997.


Following graduation, I was hired to work with adolescents as a Substance Abuse Counselor at Youth & Shelter Services in Ames. I worked with adolescents and their families to begin the recovery process. My old high school principal heard about the work I was doing and called me. He had received a grant and wanted me to apply and interview for the position of Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Specialist (big title, right). I did it, but didn't think I would be offered the position, nor did I really think I wanted to move back to my hometown. He offered me the position before I was back home in Ames. I thought about it, and decided to take a chance.


It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I loved working in a school. It was the first time that I was able to work with a student and actually know them more than a couple months. It was amazing to watch them grow, learn, and change. It is an experience that I will always be grateful for. However, it was a grant position. Grant positions end and the district did not have the funds to hire me as part of their general staff. So, they hired me on a part-time basis to work in their Alternative High School.


I knew I couldn't work part-time forever. I also knew that if I wanted to continue to work within a school, I couldn't depend on grant funding. I had to go back to school. I was nervous. I really didn't earn the best grades. I think I still questioned my academic abilities, but thankfully, a friend gave me the confidence to apply to the University of Northern Iowa. I applied for their School Counseling program and was accepted. I'm pretty sure that I cried the day I opened that letter. I was so happy!


I worked part-time at the Alternative High School, provided in-home counseling for families with another agency, and worked at Barnes and Noble during my graduate program. It was a lot of work, but it paid off. I graduated from UNI in 2006 with my graduate degree. Now I had to find a job!


I only wanted to work for one district, Des Moines Public Schools. I had one interview. I waited about 5 weeks, and I was offered a position with Des Moines Public Schools. Since then, I have worked at Hoyt Middle School and Garton Elementary School. Now, I couldn't be more excited to make the transition and be part of the Scavo team as your School Counselor.

Cheyenne Landrith

TLC Coach and Academic interventionist

P: 515-242-7589 | E:

Ginger Blanchard


P: 515-242-7825 | E:


I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Iowa in 1984 and have been a school nurse with Des Moines Public Schools since 2005. As the school nurse at Scavo, my goal is to partner with students, parents, staff, and community resources to foster the overall well-being, academic success and health of the students. I enjoy facilitating a prenatal support group for pregnant students, collaborating with the FCS teacher in Personal Health and Development classes, teaching students CPR to fulfill their requirement for graduation, and serving on the Student Support Team.


Jeni Courtney


P: 515-242-7589 | E:


I graduated from UNI and have been working for the Des Moines Public Schools  SUCCESS program since 2000.

Jenny Ross

SPED Consultant

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My name is Jenny Ross. I enjoy working with students and families and feel privileged to be part of the Scavo team.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing volleyball.

My motto - Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Maria Mattiace


P: 515-242-7752 | E:


My name is Maria Mattiace and I am one of the School Counselors at Scavo. I serve students with the last names A-J.

I am super excited to be apart of the Scavo staff. Being an educator and coach is what I was created to do. I love teaching, helping, and motivating students to be the best they can be!
I graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa with a Bachelor's Degree in elementary education. GO DUTCH! After graduation, I taught grades 3, 4, 5 and 6th grade. Wanting to have deeper impact on my students I decided to get my master's degree in School Counseling. I graduated with a Master's Degree from Iowa State University in 2004. After earning my degree, I have been both an elementary school counselor and 8/9 school counselor.  

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, son, two dogs and my husband.
I love being outside and I enjoy doing anything that involves sports, music, dancing and spending time with family/friends.

I look forward to helping Scavo students RISE UP and achieve their goals and dreams!

Marjorie Joelson


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Natalie Anderson

Social Worker

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Ned Chiodo


P: 515-242-7863 | E:

Rose Neal

Academic Interventionist

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Hello, my name is Rose Neal.  I have spent my entire teaching career with Des Moines Public Schools.

I started at Orchard Place where I learned about the Circle of Courage Philosophy and how to help students gain a sense of Belonging, help them to Master content and become Independent as well as being Generous.  Then, I moved into a district-instructional math coach for 5 years.  I learned the importance of making sense of mathematics while focusing on conceptual development as well as procedural fluency.  Because I was very supportive of the CME materials, and hadn't used them, I returned to the classroom as a Geometry teacher at Roosevelt HS.  This was an exciting time of my career.  My favorite classroom, where I met all needs, included students identified at-risk, ELL, SPED, GT, and the average student.  I was able to use all that I had professed to teachers to use!  Now, I am at Scavo.  I have been here 4 years as an Academic Interventionist.  I have also been the Summer School Supervisor for the past 3 years.  Each summer, 25 students graduated and many more earned credits to get back on track towards graduation.  This year, I am helping teachers as an instructional coach.  I look forward to continue to help students succeed in all parts of their lives.


Samantha Harms

Teddy Bear Town Director

P: 242-7577 or cell phone- 515-975-2762 | E:


Hi, my name is Samantha and I am your go to for your childcare needs for all DMPS students. I graduated from Kirkwood with my AA in Early Childhood Education and I am currently pursuing my BA in Early Childhood Administration through Purdue Global. I have been working in childcare since 2004 with the last 5 years here at Teddy Bear Town (TBT).  I love spending my days with babies and helping their parents on their journey to graduation. When I am not spending time with the little ones at TBT, I enjoy scrapbooking, doing creative project, and gardening.

Sandy Rennenger

Associate and Attendance

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Shawn Sanford


P: 515-242-7873 | E:


I am a Des Moines native, and graduated from East High School, in 1987.  I received my bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa, in 1991.  Since then, I have been working with at risk youth in the Des Moines area. I have been working in Des Moines Public Schools, through Orchard Place, since 1997 (minus a three year stint at Walnut Creek Campus, in West Des Moines, and a four stint with the Success program as case manager at Lincoln High School).  I spent ten years as the Juvenile Court School Liaison at East, and am beginning my second year as the JCSL at Scavo. 

Simone Freeman

Case Manager

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My name is Ms. Simone.  Working with youth is my passion. I look forward to building relationships and reaching goals with students- as well as the challenges that come with it.  My motto is: I'm special, I count, I have worth.  When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and traveling.  

Tamara Cross

Success Case Manager

P: 515-242-7389 | E:


I graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 1995. I have been working for the SUCCESS program since 1999.