Robert Burnett


P: 242-8422 | E:


I am honored and humbled to have been given the privilege of serving the Downtown School. I was born and raised in this great city and it’s where my wife and I have chosen to raise our two children. I’ve loved seeing our city grow and change into what it is today and am proud to now have a small role in shaping its next population and leaders.

What you are getting in me is a positive and energetic leader focused on continuous improvement and reflection in a supportive environment. I face each day with the zeal it deserves and will attempt to illuminate the positive aspects of our roles so loud that it will be difficult to hear anything else.

My teaching experience was based on differentiating and individualizing education so that all learners would be successful. My experience leading an IB school the previous 3 years have only deepened my desire to develop curriculum that meets the needs of all students and nurture lifelong, productive, and engaged learners prepared to meet the changing needs of our shared future. I have been pleasantly surprised how well the foundational concepts of IB and PBL correlate. I look forward to learning and leading under the Project Based Learning framework and will do everything in my power to strengthen and illuminate its importance.

I look forward to forming positive and productive relationships with all of you to continue the great things happening at DTS.

Please click here if you would like to learn more about my background.

Dana L. Allen

Dean of Students



I learned about the Downtown School when I was a high school student at Colfax-Mingo. Since then it was my dream to become a “Downtown School” teacher.  When I first heard about this school, I thought it was a dream and in the years I have been teaching here, I can’t imagine teaching in a better place.

When I chose what college to attend, I originally went to Buena Vista University, but when I was told I was unable to student teach with the Downtown School I made a change.  I transferred to Simpson College in order to connect with the Downtown School for my pre-teaching experiences.  I graduated from Simpson College in 2008 with my degree in Elementary Education concentrating in Reading & Special Education, Liberal Arts, and a minor in Psychology.

My history with the Downtown School goes back to 2006, when I was in college because I was fortunate enough to be chosen to do all of my pre-teaching at the Downtown School.  Since being hired with the Downtown School my journey here has gone in various directions.  I have worked with the 7/8 team, the 9/10 team and have worked as out school's special education teacher.  I am a part of our build leadership team and also share the position as our building technology specialist.

In addition to these building positions, hold a few roles  within the district.  I am a DMPS Trailblazer and TLC Demonstration Teacher.  You can find the work that I have done in both of these roles by following the links below.  In addition to all of my professional roles at the Downtown School and with DMPS, I am a UNI Panther.

Currently, I am working with the University of Northern Iowa as a part of their Urban Education Network.  This program is a principalship program focusing on schools in an Urban.  In addition to all of the work I am doing in our building and within the district, these next two years I will be expanding my knowledge and applying it to my work with students here at DTS.

Overall, my professional career with the Downtown school continues to seem like a dream!  I truly can't imagine a better place to be!



Please visit my links below to see the other district work I am involved in.