4th Grade

Sarah Bengtson

Special Education

E: sarah.bengtson@dmschools.org

Doan Bittner

Special Education

E: doan.bittner@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello! My name is Doan Bittner. I am one of many special education teachers at Brubaker. I received my undergraduate degree from William Penn University and my graduate degree from Webster University. I have taught special education at various schools and grade levels before I transferred to Brubaker in 2008. I am happy to be here, and I love being a member of the Brubaker family!

Denise Bogle

Special Education

E: denise.bogle@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Denise Bogle. I have taught Special Education in the Des Moines District for 25 years. I have taught at Granger, McKee, and now Brubaker Elementary.

I graduated from East High School, Grand View University with a three year degree in education, and Drake University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. I also graduated from Drake University with a Masters in Special Education.

I have worked predominately with 3 and 4 grade students for the last several years.

I am very happy to be a part of the Brubaker family

Sherry Breitman-Drummond

Interventionist

Biography

Hello, my name is Sherry Breitman-Drummond.   I am married with six beautiful children.  I enjoy travel, spicy food and concerts.

I received my teaching certificate from the University of Northern Iowa. My reading endorsement is from Grand View University.  I taught in Ankeny for two years before moving to Des Moines.

This is my second year at Brubaker Elementary.  This year I am the Title teacher for fifth grade.  I hope to ignite a passion for learning in the students that I teach.  I want students to feel good about their educational journey and succeed in the things that make them happy and successful in life.

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.

Jane Grace

4th Grade

E: jane.grace@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi! My name is Jane Grace.  I teach 4th grade here at Brubaker.  I graduated from Grandview University and have taught in the Des Moines Public Schools since 1994.  I have previously taught kindergarten, second grade, and reading and math support.  I am married and have 3 children and 1 dog.  I love to travel, take my dog on a walk, and read!

Kelsey Hoeksema

Special Education - System 44

Biography

Hello, my name is Kelsey Hoeksema. I graduated from Iowa State University in 2012. Go Cyclones! This is my first year teaching for Des Moines Public Schools. Previously, I taught in Davenport, Iowa for two years with upper elementary students. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I am looking forward to celebrating in our student success at Brubaker Elementary this year.

Kelly Jo Hotchkiss

Interventionist

E: kelly.hotchkiss@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello and welcome to third grade! My name is Kelly Jo Hotchkiss. I have been teaching in the Des Moines Public School District since 1988 when I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Grand View College (now Grand View University). I have taught third grade for all but two years. In 2004 and 2006 I taught fourth grade after looping with the third grade classes. I received my Master's Degree from Viterbo University in 2001. I look forward to working with you and your child to ensure great success in your child's education.

Kari Lamoreux

4th Grade

E: kari.lamoreux@dmschools.org

Biography

I am currently teaching fourth grade here at Brubaker. Previously, I have taught kindergarten, provided in class support for multiple grade levels and literacy professional development for teachers within DMPS. I have been teaching since 2003, when I graduated from Grand View University with endorsements in Early Childhood, Reading, English and Language Arts. Also, I received my Master’s Degree from Drake University in 2006 in Educational Leadership.

Angie Leeper

4th Grade

E: angela.leeper@dmschools.org

Biography

Welcome to fourth grade! My name is Mrs. Leeper, and I have been teaching with Des Moines Public Schools since 2001.  As a child I attended DMPS, and I graduated from East High School. After high school I attended Grand View University where I majored in Elementary Education. I am currently a member of the Responsive Classroom team, as well as co-advisor of the Student Council here at Brubaker. I live in Altoona with my husband and two children. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes, barbequing, reading, and shopping!

Links

Check out our classroom webpage:     mrsleeper.weebly.com

Catherine Sand

4th Grade

E: catherine.sand@dmschools.org

Kyle Scheer

4th Grade

E: kyle.scheer@dmschools.org

Biography

Welcome to 4th Grade! I have had the opportunity to call Brubaker my home since the fall of 2007. I grew up in Lisbon, IA a small town on the eastern side of the state (GO HAWKS!). I attended Coe College where I completed my undergrad coursework, receiving a BA in Elementary Education, as well as endorsements in Reading and Coaching. I completed my Master of Arts in Education from Viterbo University. I am a co-advisor of the Student Council here at Brubaker. Keep calm, and let Bulldogs lead the way!