Joe Spiess websiteEducation & Professional Experience: I grew up in Minnesota, and graduated from Totino-Grace High School in 2001.  I came to Iowa by attending Drake University for my bachelors degree.  I have continued my formal education with earning my masters degree from ISU, my specialist degree from Drake, and my PhD from Drake.

I began my education career teaching high school math at Des Moines Lincoln High School.  After working in the DMPS curriculum department for a year, I served as a building administrator at three different buildings.  I most recently was an AP and interim principal at Hoyt Middle School.  I am honored and humbled to begin my 18th year in education as the South Middle School principal!


Personal Information: My wife Rebecca and I married in 2011 and we have three children (Jacob – 9, Sophia – 7, Isaiah – 4).  When not working, I enjoy being with my family, playing/watching sports, the performing arts, and traveling.  My side hustle is refereeing soccer, and I can also be found coaching just about anything my kids are playing.  We live in Waukee, and I am beyond excited to serve the SMS community!

Contact Information:

Phone: 515.987.3222
Fax: 515.987.3233
Twitter/Facebook/Instagram @WaukeeSMS

Schedule: To schedule an appointment with me, please stop in, email me or call our office. Teresa Broderick, building secretary, can schedule an appointment for you.