2nd Grade

Tami Boehler

2nd Grade

Biography

Hi, my name is Tami Boehler. This is my 10th year teaching. I have taught 5th, 4th and 2nd grades. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Upper Iowa University and a Master of Arts degree from Viterbo University. I am married and have two sons. Much of my free time is spent watching my sons at sporting events. I am very excited join the staff at Brubaker this year and can't wait to get to know the families.

Kori Cooper

Special Education

E: kori.cooper@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello! My name is Kori Cooper and I am a special education teacher at Brubaker. I have been teaching special education in the Des Moines Public School District since 2001. Prior to moving to Des Moines, I taught for 10 years in Winnebago, Nebraska. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Morningside College.

Heather Frew

Interventionist

E: heather.frew@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello!  My name is Heather Frew and I am so happy to be working at Brubaker!  This is my fourth year at Brubaker and my nineteenth year teaching in the district.  I’ve been a classroom teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher, a literacy coach and an interventionist.  My favorite position is working as an interventionist and supporting students with their reading and math skills.

I received my bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa and my master’s degree at Viterbo.  When I’m not working, I like to spend time with my husband and two children.

 

Allan Janss

2nd Grade

E: allan.janss@dmschools.org

Biography

I grew up on the East side of Des Moines attending McKee and Hoyt. I am so glad to back in my old neighborhood. I have been teaching in Des Moines for the last 19 years with 17 of those years being in 2nd grade. I am married and have two young children just starting school so I am beginning to look at by job a lot different now that I can see from a parent's perspective. Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. Go Bulldogs!

Rita Lans

2nd Grade

E: rita.lans@dmschools.org

Biography

Welcome to Room 200! I have been teaching at Brubaker since it opened in 2003. Initially I started as a first grade teacher then moved to second grade a few years ago. I received my undergraduate degree at Drake University and recently graduated from Viterbo University with my master’s in education. I have a passion for teaching math, children’s literature, and all things Dr. Seuss!

Heidi Lucs

2nd Grade

E: heidi.lucs@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi, my name is Heidi Lucs and I teach second grade at Brubaker Elementary. I have been teaching in Des Moines for over 20 years. I have also taught Kindergarten and First Grade at Moulton, King, Wright, and Douglas schools. I graduated from Iowa State University. I am looking forward to an awesome year in our second grade class!

Nicole Stuhldryer

Special Education

E: nicole.stuhldryer@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello! My name is Nicole Stuhldryer, and this is my third year at Brubaker Elementary.  I will be working with 3rd and 4th grade special education.  I  graduated from Simpson College in 2016 with my degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in special education, early childhood, and reading. I love the Brubaker community & am so happy to be apart of it! Go Bulldogs!

 

Brandi Van Horn

2nd Grade

E: brandi.vanhorn@dmschools.org

Biography

Welcome to Brubaker Elementary!  My name is Brandi VanHorn and I am a second grade classroom teacher.

This school year will be filled with educational and fun experiences. I am dedicated to doing everything I can to make second grade a success for all my students. It is exciting to work with the children and the Brubaker staff, supporting their future and journey to be lifelong learners.

I have been teaching elementary students for over ten years. My three children all attended Brubaker and I am happy that I have the opportunity to be on this school’s staff. My bachelor's degree is from Upper Iowa University and my journey of learning continues as I pursue my higher education goals through Buena Vista University.