1st Grade


Christine Andrews

1st Grade Interventionist

E: christine.andrews@dmschools.org


Welcome to First Grade Title Reading or Math!  My name is Mrs. Andrews.  I have been teaching in Des Moines since 2001 as an interventionist.  This means I support classroom teachers with students who need an extra boost to support their learning.  I graduated from Iowa State University.  I also wrote a grant to get Reading Recovery training.  Besides teaching, my loves include:  being with my family, playing with my two dogs, flower gardening, and exercising.


Alyssa Briggs

Kindergarten/1st Grade Interventionist

E: alyssa.briggs@dmschools.org


Hello! My name is Mrs. Briggs and I am the kindergarten and first grade math and reading interventionist. This is my second year of teaching, and my first year at Brubaker. I attended Grand View University and received my reading and language arts endorsements. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and trying to keep up with my toddler! I am so excited to be at Brubaker! It's going to be a great year!


Frances Johnson

1st Grade

E: frances.johnson@dmschools.org


Welcome to Room 127! My name is Frances Johnson and this is my third year teaching first grade!  I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and specialized in Reading.  I am looking forward to a great year!


Deb Maxwell

1st Grade

E: deborah.maxwell@dmschools.org


Hello! My name is Deb Maxwell. I've been teaching first grade at Brubaker for 8 years. First grade is such an exciting time! I got my undergrad degree from Drake University, and I got my masters from Viterbo University. Please check out our class website/blog at http://mrsmaxwell1st.weebly.com.


Check out our classroom webpage:  mrsmaxwell1st.weebly.com


Jennifer McNeeley

1st Grade

E: jennifer.mcneeley@dmschools.org


Welcome to Room 120! My name is Mrs. McNeeley. I have been teaching since 1999. I am an East High graduate! I graduated from Grand View in 1999. I received my Master’s Degree in Education in 2008. I have been teaching 1st grade since 2009. In my free time I enjoy running, riding bikes, and spending time with my family.


Rebecca Oelmann

1st Grade

E: rebecca.oelmann@dmschools.org


Meredith Seuferer

1st Grade

E: meredith.seuferer@dmschools.org


My name is Meredith Seuferer, and I have been teaching in the Des Moines Schools since 2006. Before teaching 1st grade, I spent 4 years teaching pre-kindergarten (3 years were spent here at Brubaker and 1 year at McKee). I graduated from Central College in Pella, IA with a degree in elementary education with emphasis on early childhood education and reading. I am excited to be teaching a new class of first graders and see my of my former students as we pass in the hallways.