2nd Grade

Amy Cain

2nd Grade

P: (515) 242-8430 | E: amy.cain@dmschools.org

Class Description

2nd Grade

Biography

I have been a 2nd grade teacher at Perkins since the 2004-2005 school year.   I received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa.  After working in publishing in both California and Chicago, I returned home to Des Moines with a desire to teach.  I received my Masters of Science in Education at Drake University.  I can truly say that I love what I do.  I get great satisfaction from watching my students work hard and reach their goals.  I love spending time with my son, Ollie,  reading, art, and speaking French.

 

Zac Christensen

2nd Grade

P: (515) 242-8430 | E: zachry.christensen@dmschools.org

Class Description

2nd Grade

Biography

I have been teaching in Des Moines ever since I graduated from Simpson College 15 years ago. I started teaching 1st grade at Perkins and then spent three years working in the district curriculum office before returning here to teach 4th grade in 2006. Since then, I have been a math teacher, the math leader and an instructional coach. This is my first year teaching 2nd Grade. In addition to teaching 2nd grade, I spend part of my day as an instructional coach, working with teachers in our building. In my free time, I coach football and enjoy spending time with my wife, our two kids, and our two dogs. I am a huge sports fan and especially like it when the family attends ISU sporting events. Go Cyclones!

Amber Larson

2nd Grade

P: (515) 242-8430 | E: amber.larson@dmschools.org

Class Description

2nd Grade

Biography

I have been teaching with Des Moines Public Schools since the fall of 2003.  I was a support teacher for a year.   Then I taught 5th grade for 7 years before switching to 2nd grade in 2010.  I attended Grand View University where I majored in Elementary Education with endorsements in Math and Reading.  In my free time I love spending time with my family and participating in recreational sports such as slow-pitch softball and sand volleyball. 

 

Vanessa Minick

2nd Grade

P: (515) 242-8430 | E: vanessa.minick@dmschools.org