1st Grade

Kelsey Bentzinger

1st Grade

P: (515) 242-8430 | E: kelsey.bentzinger@dmschools.org

Class Description

1st Grade

Biography

Welcome to first grade! I have taught kindergarten, English language learner support groups, and first grade! I received my teaching license and Master of Science in Teaching degree from Drake University in 2011. In my free time my husband and I enjoy spending time with our daughter and dog.  I also enjoy traveling, cooking, reading, gardening, and biking. My dream for all my students is that they find joy in learning!

Ellen Buhrow

1st Grade

P: (515) 242-8430 | E: ellen.buhrow@dmschools.org

Class Description

1st Grade

Biography

Hi, my name is Ellen Buhrow and I am a first grade teacher at Perkins Academy.  I have taught for 17 years, three years as a title reading teacher and 14 years in first grade.  I graduated from Grand View College here in Des Moines. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, and running.

Linda Cox

1st Grade

P: (515) 242-8430 | E: linda.cox@dmschools.org

Class Description

1st Grade

Biography

I obtained my Master's in Education with reading, math, and social science endorsements from Drake University in May 2003. I was a substitute teacher with Des Moines Public Schools for one year following graduation. I have taught first grade ever since, first at Garton and then at Perkins.

I am married and have two daughters and four wonderful grandchildren. I’ve lived in Texas, Pennsylvania, Alabama, California, Georgia, South Carolina, and Indiana. I also lived in Germany for 5 ½ years. In my spare time I love to travel, take photographs, garden, and read.