2nd Grade

Caitlin Mauren

2nd Grade Teacher

E: caitlin.schwartz@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello, my name is Mrs. Mauren. I grew up in Sacramento, CA and recently completed by BA in elementary education at Washington State University. My husband Nathan and I moved to Des Moines over the summer, and I am excited to begin my teaching career at Edmunds! In my free time, I enjoy reading, doing yoga, and spending time outdoors.

Alyssa Nygaard

2nd Grade Teacher

E: alyssa.nygaard@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello! My name is Miss Nygaard and I am excited to be teaching 2nd grade here at Edmunds. This is my second year at Edmunds. I grew up overseas, in Kenya and South Africa, and then attended college at Iowa State University- go Cyclones! I love to travel, meet new people, and spend time with my family and friends. I believe that every child CAN learn and am passionate about seeing each of my students succeed and grow this year in unique ways!

Nicole Russell

2nd Grade Teacher

E: nicole.russell@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi! My name is Mrs. Russell. I have been teaching at Edmunds Elementary since 2013. I graduated from Drake University with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Reading. I love to teach reading! It is amazing the growth students make and I believe all students can, want, and will learn.
I grew up on the south side of Des Moines and am a Des Moines Public School graduate myself! I currently live in Altoona with my husband Bobby, my daughter Summer, and my dog Sammie. Some of my favorite things are ice cream, warm days, swimming, baking, and learning about teaching. It is important to share my family life with my students and to learn about their culture and family as well. Building relationships with my students is very important to me in order to have a positive classroom community that encourages students to become learners.