Kindergarten

LaVal Anderson

Interventionist

E: laval.anderson@dmschools.org

Biography

LaVal Anderson graduated from Upper Iowa University, with a reading endorsement and taught third grade for 15 years.  In 2013 she relocated from classroom teacher to Interventionist and has been able to work with students from Kindergarten to 3rd grade in that role.  Her small groups allow her to focus on the skills of her reading endorsement and relish in her passion of math.  As the parent of a special education student, a G/T student, and a down-right silly student, she understands the variety of joys and struggles a parent encounters.  LaVal says, “I don’t just love teaching… I love children. Teaching is not my job…it is my calling." During her spare time she enjoys being with her husband, their 5 children, and most of all their dozen grandchildren.

Links

Please visit my classroom webpage: http://msandersonclass.weebly.com

Lacey Bleich

Special Education

E: lacey.Bleich@dmschool.org

Biography

Hello everyone! My name is Lacey Bleich. I graduated from UNI with a BA degree in elementary education with a middle level endorsement. I also have my special education endorsement. This is my 8th year teaching in Des Moines Public Schools. I taught at East High School for 6 ½ years before transferring to Brubaker last year. Here at Brubaker I am one of the special education teachers that work swith the 5th grade team.

Alyssa Briggs

Interventionist

E: alyssa.briggs@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello! My name is Mrs. Briggs and I am the kindergarten and first grade math and reading interventionist. This is my second year of teaching, and my first year at Brubaker. I attended Grand View University and received my reading and language arts endorsements. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and trying to keep up with my toddler! I am so excited to be at Brubaker! It's going to be a great year!

Patti Fiderlick

Kindergarten

E: patti.fiderlick@dmschools.org

Biography

I'm so happy to be part of the Brubaker staff! My name is Patti Fiderlick. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Upper Iowa University. I have been teaching since 2002, specializing in Kindergarten and 1st Grade! Several years ago, I completed my Master of Education in Cooperative Teaching and Learning from Graceland University. Success for our youngest students comes from hands-on learning opportunities and real-world connections that are gently laced with kindness, compassion, and respect for their spirit. Welcome to my classroom!

Tricia Leto

Kindergarten

E: tricia.negrete@dmschools.org

Biography

After graduating from East High School, I attended Grandview College (University), where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I have been employed with the Des Moines Public Schools for sixteen years. Currently, I am in my fifteenth year of teaching kindergarten…my favorite!!

Marissa Palminteri

Kindergarten

E: marissa.palminteri@dmschools.org

Jane Penisten

Kindergarten

E: jane.penisten@dmschools.org

Biography

I have taught in the Des Moines School District since 2001. I have taught first and second grade during that time along with kindergarten which is where I am now. I love the enthusiasm for learning that kindergarteners bring with them everyday! During my free time I enjoy swimming, gardening and cheering on the HAWKS!

Jennie Woods

Kindergarten

E: jennifer.woods@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi, I am Jennie Woods. I have been teaching Kindergarten at Brubaker since 2009 and have worked in the district since 2005. I have been teaching in early childhood education for 25 years , much of that in preschool and Head Start. Teaching kindergarten has always been my dream job and I love all the excitement for learning my students show each day.