Special Education

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! 

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!

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.

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.

Katie Fillipi

Social Worker

E: katie.fillipi@dmschools.org

Amanda Nye

Special Education - Behavior Intervention

E: amanda.nye@dmschool.org

Biography

I am a special education teacher at Brubaker Elementary currently serving students in 2nd grade. I have taught for 9 years at Brubaker Elementary. I graduated from UNI and received my Masters from Drake.

Rhonda Perez

Special Education, Cluster - ID

E: rhonda.perez@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello. My name is Rhonda Perez. I recently graduated from Upper Iowa University at the Des Moines Location. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education focusing on Special Education. I have always had a firm belief that all children can learn. I love the challenge of being able to problem solve and figure out what students need to succeed. I am so proud to be a member of Brubaker Elementary.

Kelly Robinson

Special Education, Cluster - Autism

E: kelly.robinson@dmschools.org

Biography

This is my second year working in the cluster program and I love it! It is so rewarding to see these students succeed! I have my masters from Drake University in Special Education. I enjoy travelling and spending time with my family during breaks.

Nicole Stuhldryer

Special Education

E: nicole.stuhldryer@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello! My name is Nicole Stuhldryer, and this is my third year at Brubaker Elementary.  I will be working with 3rd and 4th grade special education.  I  graduated from Simpson College in 2016 with my degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in special education, early childhood, and reading. I love the Brubaker community & am so happy to be apart of it! Go Bulldogs!

 

Sandy Whitsell

Special Education, Cluster - Autism

E: sandra.whitsell@dmschools.org