Hi my name is Laurie Bennett. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with my bachelors in elementary education and completed my masters from Viterbo University. I have been teaching in the Des Moines School District for 21 years. I have taught kindergarten and fourth grade as well as been an instructional coach. I joined the Capitol View team in 2015 as a math and reading interventionist. Working with students who need a little extra help in reading and math is my passion. Seeing kids grow and learn is so rewarding! Outside of school of school I like spending time with my husband and two boys as well as friends and family.
I’m so happy to be part of Capitol View’s 3rd grade team! I began teaching with DMPS in 1999 at Willard School, then Madison before finding my home here at Capitol View. My own education trail was Willard, Hiatt, and then a proud alumni of East High School. I attend Central College in Pella with a BA in Elementary Education. I am a mom to three boys. My older two are both in college, and my youngest is still in elementary school. I love working with students and watching them grow and learn. One interesting fact is that my current classroom looks out onto the street I grew up on!
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Following graduation, I began my career as an Elementary Teacher. While teaching, I continued my education and earned a master’s degree in Education. As a professional, I have earned endorsements in Reading, Reading Specialist, Special Education and English as a Second Language. I have been a proud member of the Capitol View team since 2014.
“If you teach a child to read you have done your job. If you teach a child to love to read, you have changed their life forever.”
I just recently moved back to Iowa after a decade in Orlando, FL where I was a middle school reading teacher for 3 years. I attended The University of Central Florida and received my degree in Elementary Education with a reading endorsement back in 2012. I am a proud geek who loves to read, travel, and watch anything that has to do with superheroes or magic!
Hello! My name is Ms. Samson and I’m thrilled to be teaching 3rd grade at Capitol View! I’ve lived in the Des Moines area my entire life and I can’t imagine living anywhere else in Iowa. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a sociology degree and then a few years later I took evening classes at Upper Iowa University for my elementary education degree. Now, I’m working towards earning my master’s degree in education with an emphasis on ELL. Outside of school I keep myself busy with friends and family. I love the UNI Panthers, biking, warm weather, and traveling.