Board of Educational Examiners Staff Directory


Address: Board of Educational Examiners
Grimes State Office Building
400 East 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0147
Location: Third Floor, Southwest corner
Grimes State Office Building
(E. 14th and Grand) - Des Moines

Licensure Consultant Directory
Career and Technical Education David Wempen 515-281-3605
Coaching Steve Mitchell 515-281-6896
Conditional Licensure - Administrators Greg Horstmann 515-281-3587
Conditional Licensure - Regular Education David Wempen 515-281-3605
Conditional Licensure - Special Education Mike Cavin 515-281-3437
Conversions (any consultant)    
Counseling - endorsement (teachers) and professional service license (non-teachers) Dr. Linda Espey 515-725-2146

Driver’s Education and Behind the Wheel Authorization

Greg Horstmann 515-281-3587
Endorsements – adding to an existing license (any consultant)    
Extensions Joanne Tubbs 515-281-3611
Letter of Good Standing Steve Mitchell 515-281-6896
Military Exchange Licensure Dr. Linda Espey 515-725-2146
Native Language Speaker Authorization Dr. Linda Espey 515-725-2146
Paraeducators Mike Cavin 515-281-3437
Praxis/edTPA Testing Joanne Tubbs 515-281-3611
Principal Licensure Greg Horstmann 515-281-3587

Professional Service Licenses (non-counseling, such as school psychologist, speech language pathologist, school social worker, etc.)

Mike Cavin 515-281-3437
Renewals (any consultant)    
SAM Licensure Greg Horstmann 515-281-3587
School Business Officials David Wempen 515-281-3605
Special Education Mike Cavin 515-281-3437
Statements of Professional Recognition Mike Cavin 515-281-3437

Substitute Authorization (non-teacher preparation)

Greg Horstmann 515-281-3587

Substitute License (teacher preparation)

Dr. Linda Espey 515-725-2146
Superintendent Licensure Greg Horstmann 515-281-3587
Teacher Licensure – Prepared at out of state college for PK & Elementary Dr. Linda Espey 515-725-2146
Teacher Licensure – Prepared at out of state college for Secondary areas David Wempen 515-281-3605

Teacher Licensure – Iowa Teacher Intern Program

Joanne Tubbs 515-281-3611


Additional Staff Members
Background Checks Danielle Brookes 515-281-3482

Teacher Licensure – New Iowa Graduates

Sherry Jensen 515-281-8323
Executive Director Dr. Ann Lebo      515-281-5849
Board Secretary Kim Cunningham 515-281-5849
Attorney/Investigator – Ethics Complaints Darcy Hathaway, J.D. 515-242-6506
Investigator Jim McNellis 515-281-3483
IT Specialist Jeff DeBruin       515-242-6797