4th Grade

Sarah Bengtson

Special Education

E: sarah.bengtson@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello everyone! My name is Sarah Bengtson. This is my fifth year of teaching and I love being a part of the Brubaker family! I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education, and recently graduated from Viterbo University with a Masters in Educational Leadership. I am looking forward to continue serving  the amazing students and families at Brubaker. Go Bulldogs! 

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!

Kelly Jo Hotchkiss

Interventionist

E: kelly.hotchkiss@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello!  My name is Kelly Jo Hotchkiss and I am a K-5 Interventionist teacher at Brubaker.  I have been teaching in the DMPS system since 1990.  I am a product of the DMPS. Growing up, I attended Madison Elementary, Harding Junior High and North High schools.  I then went on to Grand View College and earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  I later earned my Masters degree from Viterbo University.  I taught 3rd grade for 25 years before making the change to the Interventionist role. 

 My first teaching position was at McKee.  When McKee and Douglas merged and became Brubaker, I moved over to Brubaker.  I love teaching on the Eastside!  I am now teaching children of students I had early in my teaching career.  I am living my dream of being an Educator! There is nothing more rewarding!

 I am married to Carl Hotchkiss.  We have a Pomeranian named Cody Joe (CJ). He keeps us very busy with walks, playing with his toys and daily brushings. He is the child we never had!

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. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes, barbequing, running, biking, and shopping!

Links

Check out our classroom webpage:     mrsleeper.weebly.com

Jennifer McNeeley

4th Grade

E: jennifer.mcneeley@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

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. Keep calm, and let Bulldogs lead the way!