Fine Arts

Branden Oliver

Band & Orchestra

E: branden.oliver@dmschools.org

Biography

I am a graduate of Drake University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree with emphasis in percussion. I have enjoyed teaching with DMPS since 2008 and have had the privilege to work with all grade levels of students in a variety of music focus’ such as general, vocal, and instrumental music, as well as recording and music production. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy recording music for radio and television, writing and recording my own music, and spending time with my family.

Links

http://performingarts.dmschools.org

Des Moines Public Schools Performing Arts Web Page

Diana Givens

Visual Arts

E: diana.givens@dmschools.org

Biography

I am a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree.  I have enjoyed teaching with DMPS since 2002 and have had the privilege to work with all grade levels of students.  McCombs Middle School is where I have found my joy in teaching art!  Outside of the classroom, I enjoy being creative, traveling and diving around the Caribbean islands, and having adventures with my family.

Links

Des Moines Public Schools Visual Arts Web Page

Katie Rathe

General Music/Vocal Music

E: kathryn.rathe@dmschools.org