5th 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! 

Sherry Breitman

5th Grade

E: sherry.breitman@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Sherry Breitman but you can call me Mrs. B. I have two wonderful children. My daughter attends the University of Northern Iowa and my son goes to Des Moines Area Community College. I enjoy spicy food, travel and going to concerts with friends.

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 very happy to call Brubaker home. I am privileged to be part of the fifth grade team.

My philosophy concerning teaching is that every person deserves the opportunity and support to develop to their fullest potential. As a result, I would like to teach children by creating an environment that includes opportunities for success based on each individual’s needs and goals. I will provide opportunities for all students to learn the techniques, skills and processes necessary to develop into participating and contributing members of society.

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.

Joey Hendershott

5th Grade

E: joesph.hendershott@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi, my name is Joey Hendershott! I graduated from Northwestern College (IA) in 2015 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and endorsements in reading and physical education. I first started teaching at Brubaker in the Fall of 2015. In my free time, I enjoy watching football, exercising, and spending time with friends. I am thrilled to be here at Brubaker teaching fifth grade, and look forward to the growth that every student makes throughout the year. Go Bulldogs!”

Kristy Ira

5th Grade

E: kristy.ira@dmschools.org

Biography

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!

Caroline Kerr

Interventionist

E: caroline.kerr@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

Wendi Madsen

5th Grade

E: wendi.madsen@dmschools.org

Michael Pfannebecker

5th Grade

E: michael.pfannebecker@dmschools.org

Biography

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!