Joann Brighi

ELL (K & 1st Grade)

E: joann.brighi@dmschools.org


Hi! My name is Joann Brighi. I have been teaching with Des Moines Public Schools for 13 years. This is my 3rd year at Edmunds Elementary. I have previously taught kindergarten, first, and second grade. I am extremely excited for my position this year serving ELL kindergarten and first grade students.
I have two beautiful sons; Mason (20), Myles (17) and a wonderful boxer dog named Duke. I am currently attending Drake University pursuing a masters in Education with a concentration in K-12 English as a Second Language. I enjoy being a life-long learner. I love to spend time with family and friends. I also love to go to the gym and work-out or do some kind of physical activity outdoors. I love to travel to see the world!
I am looking forward to a fantastic year getting to know each student and their family.

Kim Evans

ELL: 2nd & 3rd

E: kimberly.evans@dmschools.org


Since 2010, I have been teaching ELL at Edmunds. I enjoy working with children and sharing my love of learning with them. I hold a Master’s Degree in Professional Teaching, with emphasis in ELL. Additionally, I hold a BA degree in Elementary Education, a BA Degree in Communication Studies, as well as K-12 ELL, and K-8 Reading endorsements. My husband and I enjoy traveling, biking, canoeing, and spending time with our two sons, daughter-in-law’s, and our granddaughter.

Jenna McEntee

ELL (4th & 5th Grade)

E: jenna.mcentee@dmschools.org


Hello, my name is Jenna McEntee. I am so excited to begin my teaching career as an ELL teacher at Edmunds! I recently graduated from Iowa State University with my B.S. in Elementary Education, as well as endorsements in English as a Second Language and Reading. I love to travel around the world to meet new people and learn about wonderful new cultures. In my free time, I love to spend time with family, friends, and my two dogs.