This will be my fifth year teaching for DMPS! I am currently enrolled at Drake University, studying cultural proficiency and effective teaching strategies. I am excited to bring this knowledge into the classroom! While not in the classroom I enjoy spending time with my family. We enjoy reading, playing video games, and participating in all things outdoors!
“Hello! My name is Bailey Andreotti and I am the K-2 ELL teacher here at Perkins Elementary! I graduated from the University of South Dakota as a student athlete playing volleyball and obtained my Physical Education teaching license. After moving back to the Des Moines area I decided to go back to school where I completed my Elementary Education and ELL endorsement from Grand View University.
At USD, I met my husband Ricardo. He was also a student athlete playing basketball. We have two children together; a son and a daughter! And I can’t forget about our dog!
I enjoy spending time with my family, being outside, playing competitive volleyball and learning from students about their culture and language!”
I have had the privilege of working with Des Moines Public Schools for 28 years. I graduated from Iowa State University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Development in 1989 (go Cyclones). I received my Master’s Degree in Education from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin in 2006 (and my Reading Endorsement from Viterbo). I have taught kindergarten, second, and third grade as a classroom teacher. This year I am an Instructional Coach as well as a K-5 Literacy and Math Interventionist, which has been exciting working with all age levels and teachers. I have been married for 25 years, have 2 amazing daughters, one who is working in Sweden and the other attends ISU. We enjoy doing anything outside, love to travel, and we attend many music concerts to hear Talen sing with the Iowa State Singers. I am so lucky to have a job that challenges me on a daily basis. Please email me if you ever have any questions about your child’s education!
TLC Instructional Coach
Welcome to room 221! My name is Courtney Brewer and I graduated from Iowa State in 2002 with a degree in Elementary Education and an Art Emphasis. This is my sixteenth year teaching Kindergarten. I live in Norwalk with my two children, Carly who is a sixth grader and Luke who is a fourth-grader here at Perkins. I have my own floral business and enjoy doing wedding flowers part-time. I also enjoy running, biking with the family, traveling, reading, playing tennis, and walking our three dogs. I love teaching kindergarten and try to make learning fun and memorable for the little ones! I truly believe Perkins is the best place to learn!
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.
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.
TLC Instructional Coach
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!
K-5 Math Interventionist
My name is Janelle Conry and I have been teaching since 2000. I taught at Perkins Elementary for my first 13 years and then taught 4th grade in Earlham, Iowa and spent the last three years as the Instructional Coach in Earlham. I am back at Perkins and I am loving it! I attended Northwest Missouri State University and obtained my Masters in Education through Viterbo.
I live in Earlham with my husband Jeremy and our three children. During my free time I watch my children play sports. Between the three of them I watch softball, baseball, basketball, volleyball, track, and football.
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.
My name is Mrs. Katie Dall-Winther, and I have taught for the Des Moines Public Schools since August 2001. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a double major in Elementary and Middle School. My endorsements were in reading and Middle School. I also received my Master’s Degree from Viterbo University with an emphasis in Literacy and Vocabulary instruction in 2005. My first 11 years of teaching were at the middle school level serving sixth through eighth grades teaching struggling readers through advanced readers. I was very pleased to join the Perkins Academy staff at the 5th grade level in August of 2012.
I enjoy cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, gardening, and spending my time with my family.
I have been teaching music at Des Moines Public Schools since 2014. I am a graduate of the University of Iowa and hold a master’s degree in music education from Drake University. Before returning to Iowa to teach music, I was a shark biologist in Florida. I love sharks! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing music, playing sports, and, of course, cheering on my Iowa Hawkeyes. GO HAWKS! I am also a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Cardinals. I truly love what I do!
I am a University of Iowa graduate from a few years back 😉 and have taught in Texas, Mt. Pleasant, Johnston and Des Moines. When I’m not at school I enjoy the company of my three children, Kali (19), Ethan (17), and Emerson (7) and caring for my mother. We enjoy spending time swimming, biking, gardening and running. I instruct taekwondo classes one evening a week at Two Rivers Martial Arts and participate as a student as often as time allows! When we are not out and about we enjoy hanging out at home in the company of our four-legged family members; our loud and affectionate cat, Snack (aka Hawkeye) and two rescue pups, Jack and Frappe.
My name is Kristin Groepper and I have been teaching kindergarten in the DMPS district since 2005. I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and I am currently working on a STEM endorsement through Drake. I live in Urbandale with my husband Dan and our four children. I enjoy being with friends and family and attending ISU athletic events. I am elated to join the Perkins staff and this close community!
Laura graduated from Iowa state and has a masters degree from Morningside College. Laura and her husband, Steve live in Urbandale They have 4 adult children. In her free time, Laura enjoys playing golf, taking long walks, and following Iowa State athletics. She has taught multiple grade levels and has also been a reading and math interventionist. This is her 20th year with Des Moines public schools.
I have been teaching with Des Moines Public Schools as a special education teacher since graduating from Iowa State University in the spring of 2001. I am currently working with 4th and 5th grade students at Perkins Academy and LOVE IT! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cheering for the Iowa State Cyclones – GO CLONES! , playing outside, and shopping!
I graduated from The University of Iowa 18 years ago. Go Hawkeyes! I continued my education at Iowa State and received my Master’s degree in Interactive Technology. I have worked for DMPS for 17 years and have been lucky enough to enjoy them all at Perkins. Through the years I have taught 4th grade, a 4/5 combination room, and 5th grade. I am currently teaching kindergarten. I am lucky to live in the DMPS school district. My 2 kids, Chase and Josie, attend Merrill Middle School and Roosevelt High School. I enjoy spending time at our lake house, reading, exercising, and entertaining for friends and family.
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.
My name is Vincent Lucas and I have been teaching ELL in Des Moines for the past 6 years. I was born in a small town in Wyoming and attended college in Oregon, where I earned my Masters in education and K-12 ELL endorsement. Some of my interests outside of the classroom include volleyball, bike riding, movies and taking our dogs to the lake. A fun fact about myself is that I am 6 feet 10 inches tall and was an only child for 20 years of my life. Go Penguins! 😊
Welcome to Perkins and Mrs. Lundy’s kindergarten! I have been teaching with Des Moines Schools since 1998, and have been teaching kindergarten at Perkins since 2008. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Teaching Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children from Iowa State University. My husband, Erik, and I have lived right across the street for 20 years, and we love this neighborhood! We have two daughters, Josie and Megan. Josie is a senior at ISU, and Megan is a junior at Roosevelt. I am active with Perkins PTA and Student Council. I am also a coach for the Perkins Battle of the Books group. In my spare time, I love to go to movies, read, watch ISU football and basketball, and hang out with my family and friends.
I am a K-5 Literacy and Math Interventionist here at Perkins. I am also a trained Reading Recovery teacher, completing my training through Drake University in 2000. I received my Bachelor of Education degree from Upper Iowa University, including Early Childhood and Reading endorsements, in 1997. I began teaching in the Des Moines district at Edmunds Academy of Fine Arts from 1997 through 2002. After having my second child, I stayed home with my two daughters and ran an “in-home” daycare for 3 years. I returned to the district in 2005, where I began teaching at Perkins. I thoroughly enjoy my position as an Interventionist teacher here at Perkins. It is very rewarding watching my students progress and achieve their goals. My personal life includes my husband, Stan, and our two daughters, Emily and Erica. We live in Grimes. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, attending my daughters’ sporting and music events, reading and boating.
K-5 Literacy and Math Interventionist
Hello, I would like to introduce myself to the Perkins family. My name is Mindi McCoy and I am 41 years old and live in Urbandale. I am from Council Bluffs, IA and have lived in the Des Moines area since 1998. I am single, and live with a Yorkie/Maltese mix named Ellie, and a Calico cat named Chloe. My hobbies include Yoga, Biking, walking my dog, dining out with friends (I don’t cook but, love to eat) going to the downtown farmers market, seeing movies, and watching some bad TV to relax at the end of each day. I enjoy reading next to the pool in the summers although, don’t read as much as I would like to during the school year. And yes, I have to admit, I am one of those women that dress their little dogs up in outfits and I do carry her around in a purse.
My degree is in Art Education from Northwest Missouri State University, where I graduated in 1994. I was also commissioned as a 2ndlieutenant in the U.S. Army when I graduated. I was able to pay for my own college by going through Army ROTC. After graduating, I spent a little time at Ft. Ben Harrison doing some active duty training before it closed, and then I worked as a K-12 Art teacher in a small town in Missouri for 3 years before moving to Des Moines.
Since moving to Des Moines I have worked as an elementary art teacher, and a high school alternative teacher, and I also worked for DMACC in the high school completion program for 5 years. While working at Callanan I also worked as an adjunct professor at DMACC for the past 10 years. I do hold a Masters degree from Iowa State. Go Cyclones! I am certified in the State of Iowa to teach K-6 Art, 7-12 Art, and 7-12 Multicat.
I am no longer in the Army Reserve. I did enjoy it, and I got to do things that a lot of people never get to do! I have gone skydiving, rappelling, rode in Blackhawks, and tanks, and I even got to blow stuff up! I do have some fun scars from my time. I have a little scar on my elbow from my one and only attempt at an Aussie repel.
I am happy to be back in an art classroom where I belong. I do have to say the students at Perkins are GREAT! They are enthusiastic learners and I have had the pleasure of seeing some real artistic talent. I am excited to guide them through the process of learning about the various art media and techniques as well as different artist styles throughout history. We will also spend some time talking about our art and critiquing it. I do make an effort to connect what we are doing in the art room to what the students are learning in social studies and science, and to reinforce the language arts concepts in the art room.
Please feel free to stop in the Art room any time and check out what is going on!
I’ve always said that teaching first grade keeps me young but after eleven years I am ready for a change and perhaps some aging! I’m looking forward to teaching third grade next year.
I’ve taught school in three states, Maryland, Michigan and now Iowa. I received my bachelor’s degree from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland and my master’s degree in reading from Johns Hopkins University. I’ve taught a total of 19 years and love my job. It’s never the same any two days in a row.
In my spare time I like to garden, walk and spend time with my family and friends.
I’m looking forward to travel and grandchildren in the near future.
K-5 Literacy and Math Interventionist
I’ve been an Elementary teacher in Des Moines for 18 years- 12 of those as a Title I math coach. I have 5 kids, and 2 dogs. I love teaching 2nd graders! Their excitement and energy makes my job fun every day!
Hello I am Mrs. Oglesbee. I enjoy the pleasure of teaching 3rd graders. I began my career at Perkins in 2005. My classroom is always abuzz with learning. I live with my husband and our pets. I enjoy reading, camping, music and cooking.
Mr. Sondag is in his 8th year teaching and 4th year at Perkins. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2010 with his elementary education degree. He has taught 3rd and 4th grade.
In his free time from school he enjoys doing activities with his wife and children. He enjoys golfing, fishing, being outside, hockey, and anything Iowa Hawkeyes.
I have been working in Des Moines for the past 6 years. I am a proud graduate of Central College where I majored in Exercise Science. After college I started working for the district at Hoyt middle school. After 3 years at Hoyt I moved to Perkins elementary where I have been currently teaching for the past 3 years. I consider myself a sports time and most of my hobbies revolve around athletics. When I am not teaching you can find me with my family, on the golf course, or watching whatever sport is in season. I love the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Cleveland Browns, the Indiana Pacers, and the Chicago Cubs.
I can remember being in 8th grade and have such admiration for my teacher, Mrs. Thompson. I love how she was able to guide us through the challenging aspects of history. She introduced us to novels that pushed me to look differently at my place in the world. I decided that year I wanted to be a teacher. I have now been teaching for 18 years! It is my goal to guide my students to love learning as much as I do.
Welcome to fifth grade. My name is Jennifer Trout and I think fifth graders are fabulous! I am a proud Panther from the University of Northern Iowa. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. In this classroom students are allowed time to explore their own theories about learning. “We choose how we learn.” We encourage students to talk about strategies they find personally effective. Education should be useful so, I strive to have students actively engaged in real-world applications of the things they are learning.