School nurse loves helping people


Brittany Appelgate is the nurse at Franklin Elementary School in Marshalltown. She is a 2010 Marshalltown High School graduate.

Appelgate is 2010 Marshalltown High School graduate

Brittany Appelgate wanted to become a nurse to help provide comfort and support to people. The fact that she is doing that for students in the school district she once attended is icing on the cake.

She has worked for three years as a school nurse in the Marshalltown Community School District and is currently the nurse at Franklin Elementary School.

“Being a school nurse is unique in that it really gives an opportunity to build relationships with students and their families over time, compared to nursing in other settings where you may only see patients for a few minutes to a few days,” Appelgate said.

Marshalltown Schools lead nurse Stacey Tool-Crawford said Appelgate is an outstanding school nurse and a part of a great school nurse team in Marshalltown Schools.

“She is caring, supportive and student focused,” Tool-Crawford said.

Time as a student
Then known as Brittany Hurley, she graduated from Marshalltown High School in 2010. Some of her favorite memories from MHS are spending time on the show choir and volleyball team and cheering on the Bobcat football team, especially her eventual husband, Luke Appelgate.

“MCSD is full of amazing teachers,” Appelgate said. “I really loved each of my teachers all through school. In high school I spent a lot of my free time in the choir room rehearsing with Amy Ose and always felt inspired by the sweet Cheryl LaVille.”

Her way back home
After graduating from MHS, Brittany attended Allen College in Waterloo where she earned her bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. Now she can impact others just like she was inspired by Marshalltown Schools staff as a student.

“It feels like home,” she said about being a school nurse in Marshalltown. “I loved growing up in Marshalltown and returning to work in the same district I grew up in feels a little full circle. I’m happy to be able to give back to the community that raised me and be a part of all of the great things happening in Marshalltown and MCSD.”