5th Grade

Brooke Maxwell

5th Grade Teacher

E: brooke.maxwell@dmschools.org


Welcome to fifth grade!  My name is Brooke Maxwell and I have been teaching for 12 years in the Des Moines Public Schools. I did my undergraduate work at Upper Iowa University and The University of Northern Iowa where I earned my degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in Special Education and Early Childhood Education.   I later continued my studies at Drake University where I earned my Master’s Degree in Effective Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in Curriculum Design and Development.

I love teaching math and watching students explore and learn new strategies for solving complex problems.

In my spare time, you will find me enjoying time with my three children.   We love spending time at the lake- swimming, jet skiing, boating, fishing and relaxing.  As an avid Hawkeyes fan, you can always find me cheering as loud as I can on game day.


Celeste Southall

5th grade teacher

E: celeste.southall@dmschools.org


Welcome to room 2065! My name is Celeste Southall. I graduated from Iowa State University in May of 2016. I graduated with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a math endorsement. I began my teaching career in Aurora, Colorado. After a year of being in Colorado, I moved back to Iowa to begin the  2017-2018 school year here at Edmunds.

I love teaching math and facilitating student exploration in discovering new strategies and solving real-world problems.

In my spare time, you will find me at crossfit, playing with my dog, or spending time with friends and family.