Reading / Math Support

Laurie Bennett

3rd Grade Reading and Math Support

P: 515-242-8402 | E: laura.bennett@dmschools.org

Sue Ellen Claiborne

Kindergarten Reading and Math Support

P: 515-242-8402 | E: sueellen.claiborne@dmschools.org

Class Description

I graduated in 1980 from Drake University, Des Moines, IA with a major in Elementary Education and a Reading Endorsement.  I decided to stay home and raise a family but once they were in college I decided to update my degree and head to the classroom.  I was a substitute in both the Des Moines School District and the Catholic schools in the Des Moines area.  After substituting at Capital View for 4 years I then obtained a kindergarten position and taught there for 8 years.  I am currently a reading and math interventionist in 2nd. grade.

Courtney Manus

2nd Grade Reading and Math Support

P: 515-242-8402 | E: courtney.manus@dmschools.org

Class Description

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!

Lora Mcallister

5th Grade Reading and Math Support

P: 515-242-8402 | E: lora.mcallister@dmschools.org

Biography

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.”

Mary Kay Mullarkey

1st Grade Reading and Math Support

P: 515-242-8402 | E: mary.mullarkey@dmschools.org

Pam Owens

Reading Recovery and Interventionist

P: 515-242-8402 | E: pamela.owens@dmschools.org

Class Description

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.

Ashley Schott

4th Grade Reading and Math Support

P: 515-242-8402 | E: ashley.schott@dmschools.org

Class Description

My name is Ashley Schott. I have been teaching for the Des Moines Public Schools for 10 years! I taught first grade for 4 years, kindergarten for 4 years, fourth grade for 1 year and now I am the support teacher for fourth grade. I enjoy working with many students to support them with their reading and writing! I love Capitol View and seeing all the students grow! I am also a mom to 4 children! We are a busy family and love to travel!! I am looking forward to a great year!