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.
Hi! My name is Angel Carman and I am so excited to be starting my 3rd year at Capitol View. This will be my 18th year of teaching and I absolutely love it! I began my teaching career at Moulton, as a 1st grade teacher, for 5 years. I then went to Cattell Elementary for 10 years, where I taught 1st grade, was an academic interventionist, and spent my last 4 years there teaching 3rd grade. This year, I have moved into an 4th/5th grade Interventionist position, here at Capitol View. Teaching is one of my greatest joys!
I graduated from Grand View in 2000 with my elementary education degree and an endorsement in reading. Several years later, I went back to school and got my master’s in education from Morningside in 2012. When I am not teaching, I love spending my time with my husband Ryan, my daughter Josie, and my son Cole. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with your child…thank you for sharing him/her with me!
I graduated from Drake University with a degree in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement. I was able to be a stay-at-home mom for 20 years but decided to go back to Drake and take classes to renew my teaching license. I was a substitute teacher in several Catholic schools in Des Moines and West Des Moines. I decided to substitute for Des Moines Public Schools and since I know some sign language I substituted for the Deaf Ed students at Capitol View. A job opened as a kindergarten teacher so I taught in the classroom for 7 years. I then became an Interventionist assisting 2nd grade teachers and students for 3 years and last year I was moved to an Interventionist back in kindergarten again.
My name is Tina Jensen and I am an interventionist for kindergaten-3rd grade in the areas of reading, math, and behavior/social skills. I earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a reading endorsement, and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling all from Buena Vista University. In 2015 I moved to Des Moines from Fort Dodge, where I previously taught middle school literature/language arts, Title I reading, and coached a junior cheer squad.
Making memories with my family and friends is my favorite pastime. I enjoy boating, traveling, weightlifting, yoga, cryotherapy, and anything else related to sports, health and fitness.
I am looking forward to another amazing year at Capitol View Elementary School! 😊
Reading and writing have been my favorite pastime ever since I was a little girl growing up in Wisconsin. Now I feel so lucky for the opportunity to help Capitol View students become readers and writers too. My degree is from Grand View University. I have taught kindergarten and 1st grade, as well as intervention for K-5. My family has moved quite a lot; we started in Des Moines and went from Michigan, Minneapolis, Omaha, Hawaii and back to Des Moines 8 years ago. In my free time I love going for runs with my husband and two children, playing with my Boston Terrier Toby and traveling as much as possible. I am looking forward to a great year with K-2 students at Capitol View!
Mary Kay Mullarkey
My career path includes attending Grand View College, Upper Iowa University, and the University of Iowa. I have taught for 30 years altogether, and 20 of those have been with Des Moines Public Schools. I am blessed with three fabulous children, five beautiful grandchildren, and have been married for almost 40 years. I enjoy challenging my students to try new things, and not give up even when things get difficult. My goal is to give them opportunities to succeed now and in the future.
I love teaching young students how to read and have been teaching in Des Moines for thirty years. I work with small groups of children in kindergarten, first and second grades. I also teach Reading Recovery which is an intensive reading program, working with one student at a time. I have four daughters and one grandson. I enjoy going to sporting activities, shopping, and reading. My grandson keeps me on my toes and is teaching me all about boys.
My name is Ashley Schott. This is my 15th year teaching with Des Moines Public Schools and 13th year at Capitol View. I taught first grade for 4 years, kindergarten for 4 years, fourth grade for 1 year and now I am in my 4th year as a support teacher for fourth and fifth grade I enjoy working with many students to support them with their reading and math! I love Capitol View and seeing all the students grow! I am also a mom to 5 kiddos who are all in school this year. We are a busy family and love to travel!! I am looking forward to a great year and working with so many new faces!