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.
Hi ! My name is Kristy Ira and I am a 5th grade teacher at Brubaker Elementary. I have been teaching 5th grade at Brubaker for 11 years. Before that, I taught 5th grade at McKee for 3 years, 2nd for 2 years and 1st for 2 years. I am starting my 19th year in the District! I can honestly say, “I love my job” It is a job that you see a difference everyday!
After many years of parent volunteering in classrooms within Des Moines Public Schools, I was inspired to become a teacher! I went back to school and graduated from Drake University with a Master of Science in Teaching in elementary education with a reading endorsement. My undergraduate degree is from Iowa State University. I taught 2nd grade for two years at Perkins Elementary and am excited to now be a part of the Brubaker community! In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling.
Hello, my name is Mrs. Sherry Mann. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and earned my reading endorsement from Grand View University. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree at Drake University. I am privileged to be part of the fifth-grade team at Brubaker Elementary. I believe that every student deserves the opportunity and support to develop to their fullest potential. In my classroom I create an environment that includes opportunities for success based on the individual’s needs and goals. All students learn the techniques and skills necessary to become happy, contributing members of society. I am honored to be a part of your child’s educational journey!
Hello, my name is Michael Pfannebecker. I earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Elementary Education from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. The 2014-2015 school year will be my 16th as a fifth grade teacher. I have started taking my Masters of Education class at Morningside University. I am extremely excited to be starting another year as a fifth grade teacher at Brubaker!